Valley Central and Wallkill’s Marlee McCullough lead in state qualifiers – Daily Freeman

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Valley Central’s freshman varsity team and Wallkill’s Marlee McCullough top the list of area gymnasts heading to the state championships after qualifying Saturday’s meet at the Section 9 at Ziggy’s Gymnastics Academy.

Ten athletes qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships on March 5 at Kenmore West. McCullough, who took the all-around title, will be joined by Wallkill teammate Elizabeth Kellner, Kingston’s Aliva Gambino, Roosevelt’s Emma Jaeger and Cassie Juliano, and five Valley Central members: Reilly Benson, Kaylee Benson, Christina Punch, Bailey Badendyck and Eleanore O’Neil.

The Vikings won with 160.2 points, beating Kingston (138.8), Wallkill (132.45), Roosevelt (110.5) and New Paltz (52.35).

McCullough won three events and placed second in another to win the all-around title with 35.05 points. She won the floor exercise (9.3), balance beam (8.95) and vault (8.6) and was second on uneven bars with an 8.2 score.

Valley Central’s Reilly Benson won bars (8.5), was second on vault and beam and third on floor en route to placing second in the all-around. Emma Jaeger of Roosevelt finished third.

The State team is the top three in the all-around as well as the next three best finishers in each event.

Gambino will compete on bars and floor for Kingston. Kellner will be on beam and floor and Juliano on vault.

Joining Reilly Benson are teammates Viking Badendyck (vault), O’Neil (vault), Punch (bars, beam) and Kaylee Benson (bars, beam, floor).

Team scores: Valley Central (VC) 160.2, Kingston (K) 138.8, Wallkill (W) 132.45, Roosevelt (FDR) 110.5, New Paltz (NP) 52.35

Jump: Marlee McCullough (F) 8.6, R. Benson (VC) 8.35, Badendyck (VC) 8.2, Jaeger (FDR) tied O’Neil (VC) 8.15, Juliano (FDR) 8, 05

Uneven bars: Reilly Benson (VC) 8.5, McCullough (W) tie Punch (VC) 8.2, Gambino (K) 7.8, Jaeger (FDR) 7.75, K. Benson (VC) 7.4

Balance beam: Marlee McCullough (F) 8.95, R. Benson (VC) 8.7, K. Benson (VC) 8.45, Jaeger (FDR) 8.05, Punch (VC) 7.95, Kellner (W) 7.8

Ground drill: Marlee McCullough (W) 9.3, K. Benson (VC) 8.9, R. Benson (VC) tie Kellner (W) 8.7, Gambino (K) 8.65, Jaeger (FDR) 8.6

All-around: Marlee McCullough (F) 35.05, R. Benson (VC) 34.25, Jaeger (FDR) 32.55, Gambino (K) 31.6, O’Neil (VC) 31.0, Badendyck ( CV) 30.55

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