Three girls finish in top 10 at tumbling nationals

Mindy Carls
Haillie Miller, daughter of Rod and Theresa Miller of Osco and granddaughter of William Miller of Osco and Bob and Mary Olson of Cambridge, placed ninth overall in her age division at the USTA Tumbling Nationals Thursday, June 17, in Springfield.

\Three Orion area girls finished in the top 10 of their divisions at the national meet of the United States Tumbling & Trampoline Association.

Springfield hosted the meet from Tuesday, June 15, through Saturday, June 19, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

Richelle Zurcher, Andover, finished third among 15-year-olds in the sub-novice level of tumbling. Her score was 37.80 points, or .80 out of first place.

Kiah Kostka of Orion, a state champion, came in fourth in the 13- and 14-year-old sub-advanced division. Her score was 39.00, and she was only six-tenths of a point out of first.

Tumbler Hailee Miller, Osco, competed with 10-year-old beginnners. She recorded a score of 34.80 points.

Mikayla Carlson, Osco, tied with two other tumblers for 14th place in the 10-year-old sub-novice group. Judges awarded her 36.80 points.

Competing with 8-year-olds in the sub-novice division, Jenna Zurcher, Andover, came in 16th overall. Her score was 36.60 points.

State champion Gracie Noble, Andover, tumbled in the 10-year-old beginner group. She was 16th with 32.10 points.

Malerie West, who tumbled in the 13-14 intermediate group, finished with 35.80 points. She was only 2.0 points out of first.

Cassie Schultz, Andover, was in the 9-year-old sub-novice division of tumblers. She was 23rd with 35.50 points.

Emiliah Morrison, Orion, was a national qualifier in double-mini trampoline but due to a coach's error was not registered for nationals.

To get to nationals, all  the girls finished in the top 10 of their divisions at the state meet last April in Rock Island.