Sanfrancisco State Championship March 2015

 

AUBURN – He started out in the Parent and Tot classes at Auburn Gymnastics Center running in circles and diving head first into parachute games and now - at just 6-years-old - Kannon Rector is a State Champion.

 

Auburn Gymnastics Center Auburn, CA

Kannon Rector flashes a winning smile with his all-around champion medal at his gymnastics meet in San Francisco.


: Level 5 Kohen Rugg pushed hard on the rings to finish out his season of gymnastics at the Level 5 State Gymnastics meet.

Kannon Rector performs a split during his floor routine. The Level 4 1st grade Auburn Elementary student won the State Championship meet.

The Level 4 gymnast dominated the 6-year-old age division making it through 6 events to clinch the win.

“He won it by a mile, the closest kid to him was still two whole points behind him,” Coach Bobby Huckins said. “He came to his last event and only needed a little over an 8 to win and he got his highest score on vault for the season of a 10.3.” The dynamite gymnast also took 1st and the state title on the rings, high bar, parallel bar and vault.

“He looked great and was as cool and composed as ever,” Huckins said. “It was like he had done it 100 times.”

While it was his first big gymnastics competition at a state level, Rector has done his routines hundreds of times as the 1st grade Auburn Elementary student has been practicing and improving daily leading up to the big day.

“I love gymnastics I will probably stay in it till I am a level 10,” Rector said. “It was fun. ”Level 4 is the beginning competitive level in boys’ gymnastics. The levels top out at level 10 before international opportunities are available. The Coach stated that, while it is great to dream and have goals, he focuses on the benefits gymnastics offered in the here and now.

“We are wrapping up a big season for the whole team and we try to keep our focus on the job we have to do today,” Huckins said. “The goal is to get strong and add tricks to our bag then put them up against other guys doing the same.”

Rector’s young teammates were right behind him putting up big scores and taking state event titles. Justin Burns won vault making his a State Champion on vault in the 8-year-old division, he took the silver on high bar and he bronze on pommel and the all-around, making the State Championship his best performance of the season.

Gavin Otis took the bronze on the pommel horse and the parallel bars, Carson Medlyn took the bronze on parallel bars and Parker Steinmann took the bronze on vault. “Every member of the team was in the top three on at least one event,” Huckins said. “They did great.”

The Level 4 State Champions wasn’t the only big news of the weekend for Auburn Gymnastics. Two boys from the level 5 squad qualified out and are moving on to the Regional Championship in Ontario, Calif. where they go up against boys their age from Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona and the rest of the Regional qualifiers from California.

Christopher Otis led the team with a 7th place state finish. Beck Thomas was right behind him also in the top 10 at state with a 9th place finish.

Beck Thomas took the bronze on the rings for the day with a 10.4. Level 5 Kohen Rugg had his day on the vault where he put up a 9.75 making that his top finish for the day. Level 6 Zeph Thomas has his State Championship in Oroville, Calif. On March 22. This girls’ Level 6 and 7 team will be in Rancho Cordova with the level 2 team on March 21st and 22nd.
“We keep moving,” Huckins said. “That shouldn’t come as a surprise.”

 

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