CCS gymnastics: Los Altos sticks landing for championship

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — When Los Altos sophomore Kelli Kuramoto stuck her landing on the uneven bars during Wednesday night’s Central Coast Section gymnastics championships at Gymtowne in South San Francisco, the intimate crowd showed its appreciation with a rousing ovation.

Kuramoto’s score — a stunning 9.900 — helped propel the Eagles to a first-place finish in the seven-team race with a final total of 153.450.

It was quite a night for Kuramoto, who added gold in the vault with a 9.700 on her way to an all-around gold medal, racking up a score of 39.000. Kuramoto tied for second in both beam (9.650) and floor exercise (9.750) in one of the most brilliant performances in the long history of the section championships. It was the first team title for Los Altos since 1990, its sixth section title overall.

“I only wanted to win CCS for our team,” Kuramoto said. “Last year, me and my friends had a little hiccup on the beam, so it cost us the championship. I wanted to come back and win it for our team.”

Right behind Kuramoto was fellow sophomore Emma Tsao, second in the all-around competition with a 38.800. Tsao tied for second on both beam (9.650) and floor (9.750), tying for third on bars (9.800), while placing fourth on vault (9.600).

“It was my first year of high school gymnastics,” Tsao said. “It was good to win CCS.”

Tsao followed Kuramoto in every rotation, giving her the best seat in the house.

“Kelli was spot-on, she was perfect,” said Tsao of her teammate. “I was so proud of her.”

“I hit all my hand-stands and stuck the landing,” said Kuramoto of her near-perfect score. “That’s what they gave me.”

It was a 1-2-3 finish on bars for the Eagles, with Charissa Vesurai placing second with a 9.850. Courtney Krauss of Los …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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