Six-year old Hayden Sutter started doing gymnastics about six months ago. Over the weekend, she competed in just her second competition, the Xcel bronze state championships at Peak Athletics in Highlands Ranch, and bested her competition.
Sutter scored a 9.075 on the beam to win a state title on the event. She also finished ninth on the bars and 10th on the vault to finish seventh in the all-around competition.
“She's been doing great,” said Ignite Gymnastics coach Liz Herring. “She's a great listener and takes corrections very well.”
Sutter was joined by seven teammates in the Junior A competition.
Reagan Zink, 6, placed sixth in the all-around competition after placing fourth on bars, eighth on vault, 10th on the floor and tying for sixth on beam.
Westlynn Craig, 5, tied for fifth on vault, took eighth on the beam and 10th on bars.
Briar Oelschlaeger, 6, finished 11th all-around, taking eighth on bars and ninth on vault.
Lydia Edmonds, 6, placed 12th all-around after tying for both fifth on vault and ninth on the beam.
Brooke-Lynn Smith, 6, placed 13th all-around.
Hope Whitt, 7, took 14th all around after finishing fifth on the beam and eighth on the floor.
Payzlie Price, 5, placed 15th all-around.
In the Junior B first session, McKay Mortensen, 7, finished 11th all-around after placing 10th on both the vault and floor and tying for fifth on bars. Ivy Rhodes, 8, placed 14th all-around.
In the Senior B competition, Maddie Juliano, 11, placed 11th all around, eighth on bars and ninth on beam.
Maggie Perkerewicz, 8, placed 15th all-around and ninth on the floor in the Junior A second session.
“They all did well,” Herring said. “We were by far the youngest team there.”