BOYCE WINS WAC TITLE ON BEAM; TEAM FINISHES SIXTH
FULLERTON, Calif. — Sophomore Cayla Boyce tied for first place on beam with a 9.875 but Sacramento State finished sixth at the 2010 WAC Championships at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night.
Southern Utah edged Boise State for its first WAC title as the two teams pulled away from the rest of the field. The Thunderbirds scored 195.800 and were one-tenth better than the Broncos (195.700). Utah State finished third (193.675) and was followed by San Jose State (193.600), Cal State Fullerton (193.175) and Sacramento State (192.650).
The Hornets opened the meet on floor and scored 47.625. Boyce led the team with a 9.800 to tie for 10th. Jasmine Lipka tied for 14th at 9.775 and Lissa Zamolo was 22nd with a 9.700.
On vault, the Hornets tied for the their second best score of the season with a 48.550. Nicole Meiller and Eryn Stubblefield each scored a career high 9.825 to tie for eighth place in the meet. The team's next best score came from Amanda Blauvelt who scored 9.675 to place 25th.
After a bye, Sacramento State turned to bars where it scored a season best 48.775. Stubblefield earned second-team all-WAC honors by tying for fifth place with a 9.800. Senior Lauren Dyson just missed all-conference accolades after her 9.775 left her tied for seventh. Traci Takeda and Meiller each scored 9.750 and the team also counted a 9.700 from Lipka.
The Hornets closed the meet on beam but had a disappointing score of 47.700 just one week after scoring 49.275 at Utah State. Boyce's performance was the highlight for the team as the Lewisville, Idaho, native finished in a three-way tie for first place along with Boise State's Amy Glass and Southern Utah's Caitlin Kennedy. Boyce also became just the second Hornet to win the WAC beam title, joining Melissa Genovese. Stubblefield scored 9.800 and tied for 11th place to rank second on the team.
Southern Utah claimed a share of three of the four event titles as well as the all-around. Senior Elise Wheeler won the all-around with a score of 39.375. She was also first on bars with a 9.875. Melissa Johnson won the vault crown with a mark of 9.925. Boise State's Hannah Redmon took top honors on floor with a 9.900.
The 2010 season will likely continue for both Stubblefield and Boyce at the NCAA West Regional. The pair will learn their fate on Monday. Stubblefield is looking to claim one of the five at-large all-around spots while Boyce should be the beam specialist.
TM: 1. Southern Utah 195.800; 2. Boise State 195.700; 3. Utah State 193.675; 4. San Jose State 193.600; 5. Cal State Fullerton 193.175; 6. Sacramento State 192.650.
VT: 1. Johnson, SUU, 9.925; T8. Meiller, Stubblefield 9.825; 25. Blauvelt 9.675; T27. Takeda 9.650; T32. Zamolo 9.575; 35. Angyal 9.500.
UB: 1. Wheeler, SUU, 9.875; T5. Stubblefield 9.800; T7. Dyson 9.775; T12. Takeda, Meiller 9.750; T16. Lipka 9.700; 31. Blauvelt 9.150
BM: T1. Boyce, SAC; Glass, BSU; Kennedy, SUU; 9.875; T11. Stubblefield 9.800; 24. Zamolo 9.625; T32. Norvell 9.225; 34. Takeda 9.175; 35. Lipka 9.100.
FX: 1. Redmon, BSU, 9.900; T10. Boyce 9.800; T14. Lipka 9.775; 22. Zamolo 9.700; 28. Kinser 9.500; 33. Barrick 8.850; 35. Stubblefield 8.725.
AA: 1. Wheeler, SUU, 39.375; 6. Stubblefield 38.150.