Madison wins triangular, Ruth wins bars for Tigers


HURON — The Madison Bulldogs didn’t win any individual event, but had solid finishes from all of their competitors as they won the Huron Invitational Gymnastics Meet Tuesday night at the Tiger Activity Center.

Madison ended with 130.2 points, edging the Yankton Gazelles, who had 129.55, while Huron finished third with 120.95 points.

The bright spot for Huron at the triangular was Cameron Ruth’s win in the Uneven Parallel Bars, as she was the lone gymnast to surpass eight points in the event, winning with a score of 8.1. Madison’s Sophia Sundenga and Kyra Wiese finished second and third.

“Cameron had a very clean bar routine tonight,” said Tiger coach Julie King. “And both she and Eastyn had clean vaults tonight.”

The other three events at the meet saw Yankton’s Ava Koller finish atop the podium, en route to the All-Around title with a cumulative score of 35.05. Teammate Avery Portillo was second and Madison’s Sophia Peterreins was third. Ruth led the Tigers with a 31.3, placing her in a tie for fourth place. Eastyn Eichstadt finished sixth for Huron and Ellie Puterbaugh was seventh.

Koller’s 8.85 was enough to edge teammate Marissa Byrkeland in the Vault, while Madison’s Lexi Hirsch and Addi Lanphear of Yankton tied four third. Ruth scored 8.4, good for a share of fifth place and Eichstadt’s 8.25 placed her ninth.

After Ruth’s win in the Bars, Sundenga was second and Wiese finished second and third. Eichstadt scored a 7.35 to finish sixth in the event.

Koller scored 9.25 to win the Balance Beam with a score of 9.25, while Karlie Nelson and Paislee Cooney were second and third and Huron’s Puterbaugh was fourth with an 8.5. Eichstadt scored a 7.65 to finish ninth.

And in Floor Exercise, Koller again broke the nine point barrier, scoring a 9.35 to win the event. Portillo was second and Madison gymnast Ellie Keller was third, one place ahead of Ruth. Alivia Cunard was fifth, Eichstadt finished 10th and Puterbaugh was 11th.

“Alivia continues to show how strong  a competitor she is,” King noted.

The JV match also went to Madison with a team total of 118.95. Yankton had 99.85 and Huron finished with 84.9.

Top finisher for the Tigers was Kaydence Cronin, who finished fourth in All-Around and had a fifth-place finish in the Bars. Tahtiana Capers was fifth in All-Around.

Huron returns to action on Saturday at the 15-team Jill McCormick Invitational in Mitchell.

Huron’s Eastyn Eichstadt performs her routine on the balance beam during a triangular Tuesday at the Tiger Activity Center.