GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Ledge senior Christine Wilson followed up her team’s fifth-straight MHSAA team championship won Friday by claiming her second consecutive individual title Saturday at Kenowa Hills High School.
But this time, she won in Division 1.
Comets coach Duane Haring said earlier this season he believed Wilson, if she accomplished the feat, would be the first in MHSAA history to win both Division 2 and Divisions 1 championships. Wilson claimed Division 2 last season.
She finished off her high school career with a score Saturday of 38.400, including a first-place 9.7 on the uneven parallel bars and third places or better on all four apparatuses.
Troy Athens/Avondale senior Ashley Moskal finished second all-around in Division 1 with a score of 38.375 after finishing third in 2011. She finished first on floor exercise with a 9.8. Kenowa Hills/Grandville senior Taylor Tepper – the Division 1 runner-up the last two seasons – finished third this time with an all-around 38.30. She did win vault with a score of 9.675 and balance beam with a 9.625.
Grand Ledge also claimed the top three places in the Division 2 individual competition, with junior Sara Peltier winning the championship with an all-around 37.275 that tied for sixth-highest in Division 2 Final history.
She was followed by Comets junior Lauren Clark (37.225) and sophomore Presley Allison (36.900).
Clark won the balance beam with a 9.475 and Peltier won the bars with a 9.7. Farmington senior Amanda Lumley improved on her 2010 Division 2 Final record on floor with a 9.625, and Canton sophomore Erica Lucas won the vault with a 9.55 after finishing fourth in 2011.
It marked the third season in the last five that Grand Ledge had the champion in both divisions.
Tracey finished her senior gymnastics season this past winter with one of the most successful Finals weekends possible. On Friday, she helped Rockford to its first team championship since 2017. At Saturday’s Individual Finals, Tracey earned the Division 2 title with an all-around score of 36.325.
The Rockford standout previously had helped the Rams to runner-up team gymnastics finishes in 2019 and 2021, and had placed second individually in Division 2 as a junior as well. She also ran cross country and track during her high school career, including at MHSAA Cross Country Finals as both a sophomore and senior. She’s continuing at Michigan State University, where she’s studying human biology with a minor in Spanish.
"I'm really thankful we live in a time where women have the same opportunities to compete in athletics, because sports has shaped me into the person I am today – a competitive, driven and disciplined person. The lessons I've learned from competing are irreplaceable, and I just couldn't imagine who I'd be without sports present in my life. The lessons I've learned and the characteristics I've developed played a huge role in my daily life and will continue to play a role in the future with whatever obstacles come my way.
"And I think the opportunity to compete as a female athletes is more than just winning medals and trophies. To me it's more the opportunity to learn valuable lessons and shape yourself into the person you want to be."
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