Feb. 2, 2013
DENVER, Colo. - The Air Force women's gymnastics team posted its second-highest score of the season (192.675) to finish fourth at the Burnsley Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 2, in Denver, Colo.The Falcons, who surpassed the 192-point mark for the second straight week, recorded the fourth-highest combined score in seven years with tonight's score of 192.675.
Junior Jessica Hanner paced the Falcons with a third-place finish on the balance beam, as she scored a season-high 9.800 to tie for third. The Falcons team captain paced Air Force to four of the top 12 finishes. Classmates Katie Hawthorne and Linnaea Hance tied for ninth with matching scores of 9.750, while freshman Ali Ables placed 12th with a mark of 9.725. Hawthorne and Ables both accounted for career-best scores, while Hance's mark was a season best.
Sophomore Jessica Wallander paced the Falcons on the vault, as she tied for eighth with a season-best score of 9.800. Hanner and Hawthorne finished within the top half of the field on the uneven bars, to lead the squad with matching scores of 9.600. Hawthorne also earned a share of the team lead on the floor exercise, as she scored a 9.675 to tie for 13th with sophomore Alexandra Stych, who made her season debut on that event.
Hanner and Hawthorne paced a quartet of Air Force all-arounders, as the pair tallied matching career-best scores of 38.550 to tie for fifth.
Denver, ranked 12th in the GymInfo national rankings, won its home invitational, while 24th-ranked NC State finished second with a score of 194.925. San Jose State finished third with a total of 193.425, while Air Force rounded out the four-team meet with a score of 192.675.
Air Force returns to action next Friday (Feb. 8), when they travel to Logan, Utah, for a 7 p.m., dual meet with Utah State.