Gymnastics: Broomfield finishes third in home invite

Niwot see some high scores in meet

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Darcy Jew performs in the floor exercise for the Broomfield Eagles in the 38th Annual Eagle/Mustang Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at Mountain Range High School.

WESTMINSTER – The Broomfield Eagles and Mountain Range Mustangs came together to host the 38th Annual Eagle/Mustang Invite meet on Saturday and brought 10 teams to compete with them for the home meet.

Behind a steady day, the Eagles were able to finish in third place in the team scores for their home meet. It was a performance the team hopes will be a sign of things to come later this year.

“I think we’re really excited for what’s to come,” Broomfield’s Melanie Roberts said. “It’s definitely been a long week. We had a meet on Wednesday and then we have a meet on Monday. I think we’re excited for state and to keep pushing hard to get better.”

Broomfield had its best day in the vault and saw two athletes take home a medal in the event. Mila Thompson scored a 9.350 to finish fourth overall and right behind her was Darcy Jew with a 9.325 for fifth. Brenna Calvo gave the Eagles three athletes in the top 10 with her score of 9.050 to finish tied for 10th as well.

“Vault was definitely our strongest,” Roberts said.

Jew was seventh in the bars with a 9.100 and would lead the team in the all-around with a score of 35.00 for 10th place in the meet. The Eagles also had high scores in the beam with Calvo scoring a 9.175 and Roberts getting a 9.150.

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Melanie Roberts of Broomfield competes on the balance beam 38th Annual Eagle/Mustang Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at Mountain Range High School. (Photo by Brandon Boles/

Mountain Range, the other home team for the meet, was led by Jules Medina. She was ninth in the uneven bars with a 9.025 and tied for 12th in the vault with a 9.050. Chelsea Farley scored a 9.00 in the vault for the only other score for the Mustangs in the top 15 of an event.

The Mustangs finished with a team score of 170.375 to finish in seventh place. Mountain Range coach Diane Clark felt the day ended a bit low in the team scores and that there was room to grow moving forward.

“We have a lot of improvements to make,” Mountain Range coach Diane Clark said. “We’re going to crack down in practice. We’ve been at a 175 (team score) but can’t seem to get back there in recent events.”

To get the team back towards that 175-point mark, Clark mentioned that limiting falls on the beam would be a priority moving forward. Despite the finish, she believes her team will get back to that scoring mark late in the season.

“We’re still improving,” Clark said. “We just have to work on our performance habits, especially on the beam. They are all great kids and that makes them work a lot harder.”

Niwot represents Class 4A in field

Most of the teams in the meet compete in Class 5A, but a couple of teams from Class 4A were also on hand. One of the local teams in that position were the Niwot Cougars, a young team looking to steady their performances in the second half of the season.

Niwot scored 169.00 points and finished ninth in the team standings after an up-and-down day in Westminster.

“We did okay,” Niwot coach Marissa Purcell said. “We had some falls and stuff early on, but we finished strong on the floor. I’m proud of that, and we’ll just get back in the gym and keep working.”

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Olivia Sroka of Niwot keeps her balance while performing on the balance beam in the 38th Annual Eagle/Mustang Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at Mountain Range High School. (Photo by Brandon Boles/

The Cougars had a couple of athletes finish above a 9.0 in the floor exercise to finish the day. Mia Curry finished in a tie for sixth place with a 9.375 and Olivia Sroka scored a 9.275 and was tied for 12th. Curry would also take home an individual medal in the beam with a 9.325 score that put her in a tie for sixth place.

“I was really proud of all my teammates,” Sroka said. “I think we worked really hard to deserve what we accomplished.”

Sroka had the steadiest day for the Cougars and scored above a 9.0 again in the beam with a 9.150 to finish 13th in the event. She would go on to finish with a 34.950 in the all-around standings, also good enough for 13th place.

“I felt pretty good,” Sroka said. “There are a couple of things I need to improve on, but overall I’m pretty proud.”

Dual meets against the two host schools are coming up next as Niwot will host Mountain Range on Oct. 9 and travel to face Broomfield on Oct 16.

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Mallory Christopher of Niwot swings from the uneven bars while competing in the 38th Annual Eagle/Mustang Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at Mountain Range High School. (Photo by Brandon Boles/