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Millbrook gymnastics defends Cap 8 title

Millbrook defended its Cap Eight gymnastics title Friday despite an injury to one of its top performers.

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Millbrook defended its Cap Eight gymnastics title Friday despite an injury to one of its top performers.

The Wildcats finished with 150.4 points at Team Attraction Gymnastics in Cary, ahead of Leesville Road’s second place 125 score, without the contribution of Hannah Sobhan.

Sobhan, a senior, had been a starter in each event this year for the 2012 state runner-up before sustaining an ankle injury.

“She was there. She was very supportive. I know she would’ve rather been out there competing, but it was nice to get her a win,” said Millbrook coach Rachel Katz-Garland. “It was nice to have some other girls step up and compete. Everyone contributed.”

The Wildcats dominated its Cap Eight competition across the board.

Millbrook had three top-five finishers in each event, taking first, second and fourth place finishes in the all-around; third, fourth, fifth and sixth in vault; first, second and tying for fourth on bars; first, second, third and sixth on beam; and first, second and third on floor.

Sobhan will also be out for Saturday’s state meet at the Raleigh School of Gymnastics, but Katz-Garland thinks if the Wildcats can tighten up a few small areas, they have a chance at the state title.

“It was really a lot of little things,” Katz-Garland said. “If you put all of the teams together in this meet, we would have come in third, but only by three-fifths of a point. The state meet will definitely be a great competition.”

Friday’s event included schools from several surrounding conferences, though teams were engaged in separate conference competition.

Only a few points separated Millbrook and the other top conference finishers.

Tri-Nine winner and defending state champion Green Hopefinished with 150.75 points, and Greater Neuse champion Harnett Central finished with 150.7.

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