Kate Jacobsen and Madison Mear played pivotal roles for the Puyallup Vikings on Saturday during a sub-district gymnastics meet.
Jacobsen finished second in the all-around competition and Mear nabbed sixth to guide the Vikings to a second-place showing out of 15 teams at Mount Rainier High School.
The top six teams qualified for this Saturday’s district meet at Mount Rainier High.
The defending state champion Emerald Ridge Jaguars won the sub-district event and also will be headed to this weekend’s competition.
“We had a rough start to the meet and struggled in beam, but we finished the meet strong,” Puyallup head coach Dorinda Carpenter said. “That is how our year has gone. We have had some bumps in the road, but we have overcome them.”
Carpenter said the Vikings have battled a rash of injuries, but they’re getting healthy at the right time.
“There have been a lot of detours,” she said. “Besides sub-districts, we’ve only had our full team together for one meet. We’ve just taken it a day at a time and have finished strong.”
Carpenter said there are some high-scoring teams from Spokane that will be tough to beat this weekend.
“Our ultimate team goal is to get to state as a team,” she said. “Only two teams from districts go to state, and it’s going to be extremely tough.
“We have a great group of athletes. We have our serious times at practice and have fun, too. We all are working toward the same goal.”