Kalliah McCartney set the school record in the all-around and finished first on vault at San Jose State.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Led by a school record in the all-around from freshman Kalliah McCartney the Sacramento State gymnastics posted a season high score of 195.275 on Friday night at Spartan Gym. The Hornets finished second in the meet behind San Jose State's 195.850 and ahead of a 194.150 from UC Davis.
Sacramento State's team score is tied for the fifth best in school history and is the highest since scoring 195.350 at the WAC Championships in 2009. Seven of the top 10 scores in program history have come in meets involving UC Davis.
McCartney broke the school all-around record with a four-event total of 39.375. The freshman won vault with a 9.875, tied for third on bars at 9.825, scored 9.825 on floor to place fifth and was third on floor after receiving a 9.850. The Vancouver, Wash., native's previous high was 39.200. The school record had been 39.350 by Marina Borisva (twice) and Binta Coleman.
The Hornets opened the meet on bars and scored a season high 48.800. Nicole Meiller paced the team with a career high tying 9.850 to place second. Freshman Kayla Wonderly also contributed a career high 9.750.
On beam, Kailey Hansen received a 9.850 to establish a career high and tie for second on the event. Wonderly led off the rotation with a career high tying 9.750 and sophomore Elideth Guerrero added a season high 9.775. As a team, the Hornets matched their effort on bars with a 48.800.
Sacramento State turned to floor during the third rotation and scored 48.700. McCartney had the top score on the team and was followed by a 9.775 from Kailey Hansen and a 9.725 from Cayla Beutler.
The Hornets capped the best score of the year with a 48.975 on vault which is tied for the fifth best in program history. The team counted five scores which fell between 9.700 and 9.875. McCartney's victory was her second in the event this year and was her career best. Meiller also set a career high with a 9.850 to place second. Hansen was fourth overall after receiving a 9.800 and Emiko Ono tied for sixth at 9.750.
San Jose State senior Thomasina Wallace capped her brilliant career by winning bars (9.900), beam (9.875), floor (9.950) and the all-around (39.550).
Sacramento State will next compete at the WAC Championships in Logan, Utah, on March 24.
TEAM SCORES - 1. San Jose State, 195.850; 2. Sacramento State, 195.275; 3. UC Davis, 194.150.
VAULT - 1. Kalliah McCartney, SAC, 9.875; 2. Nicole Meiller, SAC, 9.850; 2. Thomasina Wallace, SJSU, 9.825.
UNEVEN BARS - 1. Thomasina Wallace, SJSU, 9.900; 2. Nicole Meiller, SAC, 9.850; 3 (tie). Kalliah McCartney, SAC: Kayla DeFrancesco, UC Davis, 9.825.
BALANCE BEAM - 1. 1. Thomasina Wallace, SJSU, 9.875; 2 (tie). Cassandra Harrison, SJSU; Kailey Hansen, SAC; Anna Shumaker, UC Davis, 9.850.
FLOOR EXERCISE - 1. Thomasina Wallace, SJSU, 9.950; 2. Katie Valleau, SJSU, 9.875; 3. Kalliah McCartney, SAC, 9.850.
ALL-AROUND - 1. Thomasina Wallace, SJSU, 39.550; 2. Kalliah McCartney, SAC, 39.375; 3. Cassandra Harrison, 39.050.