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Forum staff reports, Published February 25 2012

Dickinson's Fossum wins all-around at ND state gymnastics, while Davies' Bock prevails on beam

DICKINSON, N.D. – The pressure mounted on Dickinson eighth-grader Acacia Fossum for nearly 30 minutes after Bismarck High senior Mackenzie Keidel hit her season-best and state-title winning score of 9.867 in the vault.

Finally, Fossum stepped on the floor for her final event of the season at the North Dakota gymnastics individual meet.

Fossum was close to perfection on her floor exercise routine and posted a 9.867 to the secure back-to-back state championships in the all-around and floor exercise Saturday at Dickinson High School gymnasium.

“I knew I needed at least a 9.8 or so,” Fossum said. “I just had to do my floor routine like (Friday night). I was OK if Kenzie (Keidel) won. She had a good meet.”

Fossum had an all-around score of 38.283, barely edging Keidel (38.217). Jamestown junior Alex Lind came in third (37.717) and Bismarck Century sophomore Jessica Gabriel was fourth (37.617).

“It just worked out well for her,” Dickinson head coach Kent Van Ells said. “She knew what she was doing and just hit it. It took her a really good day to beat Keidel.”

Fargo Davies sophomore Kiara Bock didn’t experience any problems on the beam. Bock’s sharp routine shot her way up the leaderboard to first place (9.45) and she held on to win the title. The sophomore said focus played a big part in her win.

“I saw everybody was having a rough day,” Bock said. “I knew what I could do and had the capability to do. I just went out there and did my best.”

All-around: 1, Fossum, D, 38.283. 2, Keidel, B, 38.217. 3, Lind, J, 37.717. 4, Gabriel, BC, 37.617. 5, Keller, B, 37.317. 6, Taylor, Minot, 37.183.

Vault: 1, Keidel, B, 9.867. 2, Huether, Minot, 9.533. 3, Gabriel, BC, 9.450. 4, Kudrna, D, 9.433. 5, Fossum, D, 9.400. 6, Kostelecky, D, 9.383.

Bars: 1, Albers, BC, 9.800. 2, Fossum, D, 9.767. 3, Keller, B, 9.750. 4, Gabriel, BC, 9.667. 5, Keidel, B, 9.650. 6, Lind, J, 9.500.

Beam: 1, Bock, FD, 9.450. 2, Mueller, D, 9.267. 3, Taylor, Minot, 9.267. 4, Fossum, D, 9.250. 5, Huether, Minot, 9.150. 6, Kelley, B, 9.133.

Floor: 1, Fossum, D, 9.867. 2, Lind, J, 9.833. 3, Keidel, B, 9.783. 4, Taylor, Minot, 9.767. 5, Ringoen, Minot, 9.750. 6, Gabriel, BC, 9.533.

McGregor writes for The Dickinson Press