Columbus North opens season with impressive triumph

BLOOMINGTON — Claire Thompson opened her senior season by winning three of the four events in the gymnastics season-opener Thursday at Bloomington North.

Columbus North won the meet 111.65 to 98.5, earning three of the top four places in the all-around competition. Co-coaches Deshawn Kelley and Bob Arthur both said they thought it was a great first meet for their gymnasts.

Freshour said their endurance will get better as the season goes along.

“They’re kind of out of shape,” Kelley said. “As they get more in shape, they’ll be able to finish stronger. In their routines, you could tell that they were getting tired. They’ll get stronger with the more endurance they get.”

Thompson won the all-around competition with a 38.5. She won the bars with a 9.65, the vault with a 9.6 and the beam with a 9.7, and finished second on the floor (9.55).

Thompson’s teammate, Sami Heathcote, edged her out on the floor with a 9.55. She also placed second on the bars (9.25), vault (9.4) and beam (9.25). Her 37.45 all-around score earned her second place.

Tova Edwards finished fourth in the all-around competition behind Bloomington North’s Brittany Laffoon. Edwards finished with a 33.15 after placing fifth on the vault (8.9) and the floor (8.9). Her 7.95 also tied her for sixth on the bars.

“I feel like it was a really good first meet, a really good start to the season for everyone on the team,” Thompson said. “It feels good, a little shaky on everything, but other than that, we’ll get all of the jitters out. I feel like it’s going to be a good season.”

The Bull Dogs will compete against crosstown rival Columbus East at 6:30 p.m. Monday at East.

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Frank Bonner is a sports writer for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5632.