Ahrndt and Kelley earn All-WCC for Benson-KMS gymnastics team

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Mariah Ahrndt earned her fifth-straight All-Conference honor in gymnastics and also qualified to state this winter for the second-straight season.

Three members of the Benson-KMS gymnastics team earned All-Conference honors as Mariah Ahrndt and Makenna Kelley both earned All-Conference, and Allie Mitteness was named to the honorable mention team.

It was the fifth-straight All-Conference honor for Ahrndt, who was the top-ranked gymnast last season after ranking sixth as a seventh-grader, fifth as an eighth-grader, and second as a ninth-grader.

Ahrndt was second overall this year in the conference, while the top-ranked gymnast was Camryn Brinkman, of Melrose.

Makenna Kelley was fourth overall, while just missing out was Allie Mitteness, who was eighth overall and earned honorable mention.

The top seven gymnasts from throughout the season earn All-Conference in gymnastics.  Just missing out of the top-10 were Torie Andrews in 11th, and Ali Johnson in 14th.  In addition, Taylor Rohner-Swart was 18th, Maranda Wieber was 19th, Karly Ascheman was 22nd, Ellie Krusemark was 23rd, and Elise Duncan was 24th.

The gymnastics team also held its season-ending banquet, Sunday, Feb. 17, handing out the various team awards and individual honors.

The team motto for the Benson-KMS gymnastics team this year was “Alone we can do so little, Together we can do so much”.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team scored 130 or more team points in seven of their 11 meets this season with a high of 133.525 at Melrose, Jan. 17.

The Fighting Braves went 4-3 this season, beating Paynesville, Marshall, Litchfield-DC, and Morris Area, but also losing to Redwood Valley, Melrose, and NLS.

At the Section 6A Meet, Benson-KMS placed fifth of 10 teams with a 130.65 score as Willmar (146.425) was first, Melrose (140.55) second, and NLS (138.075) third.

Willmar went on to place fourth of eight teams at the State Class A Gymnastics Meet with a score of 145.85.  Detroit Lakes won the Class A title with a score of 152.2, followed by Sartell-SS (148.225), and Mahtomedi (146.050)...

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PICTURED: Mariah Ahrndt earned her fifth-straight All-Conference honor in gymnastics and also qualified to state this winter for the second-straight season.

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