Ladies Place Second with True Team Effort
Friday, February 2, 2007

Files associated with this release:
CC-TWU-ISU Tri-Meet Results 2-2-07

Kristina Menne

Jessie Angus

Meredith Smith

Courtney Hawkins

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Ladies emerged successful from their first home meet of the 2007 season by taking second place in the tri-meet with a season-high score of 189.300. Texas Woman’s University earned first place honors with a team score of 189.900 while Illinois State placed third with a total of 189.100.


Centenary got off to an auspicious start when Whitney Daugherty began the meet by opting at the last second to veer off of her vault run just before making contact with the springboard. The judges did not let Daugherty have another run, per NCAA rules, and the freshman was given a 0.000 for the attempt. However, the Ladies focused their efforts on hitting the rest of their vaults and were able to throw out the unfortunate low score to record a team score of 47.400. Junior Meredith Smith led the charge with a vault of 9.700 that won her third place individually on the event.


On the bars, Centenary competed with only five Ladies in the line-up, meaning they would not be able to throw out any scores. Bothered by a hamstring injury that was re-aggravated on her vault minutes earlier, senior Kristina Menne could not put weight on her leg and was forced to land her routine on her knees, dropping her score to 8.775. But again, the Ladies rose to the challenge and the rest of the bar routines scored a 9.525 or higher to give Centenary the team title with a 47.200 and Jessie Angus (9.725), Courtney Hawkins (9.600), Mandy Bennett (9.575), and Julia Cornelius (9.525) second, fourth, fifth, and sixth places respectively.


The Ladies took third on the beam despite giving some of the top individual performances on the night. After receiving treatment from the Centenary Sports Medicine staff between rotations, Menne bounced back to score a 9.750 on the beam to claim first place individually. Angus also scored well as her 9.700 landed her in third place.


Heading into the final rotation, Texas Woman’s University looked primed to win the meet as long as they did not falter on the bars. The Pioneers were forced to count a score of 8.850, but Courtney Arno’s 9.875 secured the team victory for TWU.


The race for second was close as Centenary, on floor exercise, and Illinois State, on vault, literally overtook each other by tenths of a point after each routine. The Ladies pulled in front of the Redbirds on the final two floor efforts from Menne and Hawkins to grab second place. Menne put on a gutsy performance and Hawkins showed her power as both gymnasts were awarded a score of 9.725 to finish in a tie for second on the floor. The Ladies team score of 48.250 gave the Maroon and White their second team event title of the night.


Menne also earned second place in the all-around, losing out 37.775 to 37.725 to Jessica Prousa of Illinois State despite competing with an injury. Whitney Albright of Illinois State ranked third in the event with a combined effort of 37.550.


Centenary will now receive two weeks of rest until they hit the road for a meet with the University of Missouri on Friday, February 16th at 7 p.m.