VC welcomes gymnastics program with first win

By Mike Zummo
Posted 1/13/22

It was the first competition for Valley Central’s new gymnastics program.

And the Vikings got an early taste of success as they beat the defending Section 9 champion Wallkill Panthers, …

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VC welcomes gymnastics program with first win

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It was the first competition for Valley Central’s new gymnastics program.

And the Vikings got an early taste of success as they beat the defending Section 9 champion Wallkill Panthers, 159.30-136.85 on Thursday at Ostrander Elementary School in Wallkill.

The Vikings’ Reilly Benson had a strong showing, leading her team with a 34.100 in the all-around. She finished second in the floor exercises and posted victories on the uneven bars and the balance beam. She finished seventh in the vault.

Marlee McCullough led the Panthers with a second-place finish in the all-around after winning the floor exercises. She was tied for third in the vault with Valley Central’s Kaylee Benson and second in the uneven bars and fourth on the balance beam.

Valley Central’s Bailey Badendyck finished tied with Wallkill’s Liz Kellner for first place on the vault.

The Panthers were scheduled to return to the floor on Monday to host FDR at Ostrander. The Vikings, who play their home meets at Ziggy’s Gymnastics in Middletown will host Kingston and New Paltz on Friday.

Valley Central 159.3, Wallkill 136.85
Vault: 1. Bailey Badendyck (VC) 8.050; 1. Liz Kellner (W) 8.050; 3. Marlee McCullough (W) 8.00; 3. Kaylee Benson (VC) 8.00; 5. Eleanor O’Neill (VC) 7.900; 5. Lilyanne Shearer (W) 7.900.
Uneven Bars: 1. Reilly Benson (VC) 8.650; 2. Marlee McCullough (W) 8.350; 3. Christina Punch (VC) 8.200; 4. Eleanor O’Neill (VC) 7.600; 5. Bailey Badendyck (VC) 7.600; 6. Hannah Strano (W) 5.600
Balance Beam: 1. Reilly Benson (VC) 8.450; 2. Kaylee Benson (VC) 8.400; 3. Christina Punch (VC) 8.300; 4. Marlee McCullough (W) 8.200; 5. Eleanor O’Neill (VC) 8.00; 6. Leah Rieber (VC) 7.900
Floor Exercise: 1. Marlee McCullough (W) 9.250; 2. Reilly Benson (VC) 9.150; 3. Kaylee Benson (VC) 9.050; 4. Eleanor O’Neill (VC) 8.800; 5. Bailey Badendyck (VC) 7.950 (VC); 6. Liz Kellner (W) 7.800; 6. Rilee Kinsley (VC) 11.800
All-Around: 1. Reilly Benson (VC) 34.100; 2. Marlee McCullough (W) 33.800; 3. Eleanor O’Neill (VC) 32.350; 4. Bailey Badendyck (VC) - 31.200; 5. Hannah Strano (W) 28.100; 6. Liz Kellner (W) 27.050

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