The Prairie Fire Gymnastics Team competed in the Legacy Luau Invitational on Sunday, Feb. 3 at historic Ft. Snelling in St. Paul, Minnesota. Temperatures hovered around 0 and snow covered the ground outside, which made for an unusual setting for a "luau." But inside the gym, gymnasts from MN, IA and WI heated things up with level 7 through 10 competition.
Two local gymnasts competing for Prairie Fire Gymnastics, Anna Glendy of Tama and Courtney Anderson, Toledo, had a very successful meet and took home several medals. Glendy competed in the junior age division for level 8 and placed 10th in vault, 5th in beam, 10th in floor and 10th in all-around. Glendy also qualified for the state competition as an event specialist in floor exercise. She had already qualified for state in balance beam with a level 8 personal best score of 8.95 at the first meet of the season in Liberty, Mo.
Anderson competed in the senior age division for level 8 and placed 4th in vault, 3rd in bars, 3rd in beam, 5 in floor and received a trophy for 3rd place in all-around. Anderson also achieved her highest scores of the season on beam with an 8.775, floor exercise with an 8.85, and all-around with 34.6.
Anna Glendy in the midst of her floor routine at recent gymnastics meet.
Photo Submitted/Taylen Anderson
Coach Diana Strayer said, "I am very pleased with all the athletes' performances this past weekend. They all represented PFG and central Iowa with pride. We had our best performances on some events and competed some new skills with confidence. With Anna Glendy throwing her piked tsukahara on vault for the first time this weekend and Courtney Anderson connecting her difficult skills in her bar routine, it created a solid meet for us. We are really looking forward to our team travels to Florida later this month and hope to bring home more medals!"
Prairie Fire Gymnastics is in Grinnell and offers classes for toddlers through advanced, as well as competitive team gymnastics. Glendy started gymnastics classes when she was in kindergarten and Anderson started when she was in 2nd grade. Both girls were invited to team six years ago and have been competing ever since. Their next meet in is Orlando, Florida on Feb. 15th.