Gymnasts set to compete at Morris Invite, Saturday

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Mariah Ahrndt is back to lead a strong Benson-KMS gymnastics program in 2019-20.  Ahrndt has already earned five-straight All-Conference awards in gymnastics and was the second-ranked gymnast in the conference last year.

Ahrndt also competed in her second-straight state meet last year in the floor exercise, balance beam, and uneven bars.

Ahrndt, who just missed out on also qualifying to state in the all-around last season, had a high finish at state last season of 18th on the floor exercise with a score of 9.4.  She was also 32nd on the uneven bars with a score of 8.45, and was 35th on the balance beam with a score of 8.65.

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team, coached by Kathy Ahrndt, was set to open up the season Saturday at the Morris Invitational followed by a meet at Litchfield, Thursday, Dec. 12, and the home opener, Dec. 19.

Benson has three home meets scheduled this season, also hosting Paynesville Area, Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Long Prairie-GE, Monday, Jan. 27.

This year’s Benson-KMS gymnastics team included seniors Mariah Ahrndt and Allie Mitteness; juniors Ali Johnson, and Makenna Kelly; sophomores Torie Andrews, Elizabeth Thompson, Taylor Rohner-Swart, and Olivia Kettner; ninth-graders Emma Holmgren, Libby McGeary, Hannah Rosen, Emma Krusemark, and Ellie Krusemark; eighth-graders Madison Anderson, Elise Duncan, Addi DeToy, Hailee Ellingson, Molly Gunderson, Abby Hansen, Landrie Miller, Arianna Nagler, Olivia Noble, Eben Overcash, Allyse Swanson, and Priscilla Tena; and seventh-graders Addison Grothe, Sophie Hilleren, Trinity Schmidt, Elsie Tolifson, and Gwen Wilcox...

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