Denver, Colo. - Against two nationally-ranked squads, a trio of Spartans placed in the top-four in their respective events, as San Jose State competed in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) meet against # 13-Denver, #24-North Carolina State, and Air Force.
San Jose State's season-high showings on vault and beam contributed to the team's second-highest score of the season (193.425).
"We started off slow but we finished strong," said head coach Wayne Wright. "I am happy for the team but we have to take advantage of meets like this, where we hit three-out-of-four events. However, we have to go four-for-four.
"There were lots of improvements this week," Wright said, "and our junior class of Bekah Gher, Cassandra Harrison, and Julia Greer had a great night for us."
The Spartans opened the evening on bars, with Cassandra Harrison earning a 9.700 in her season debut on the apparatus. Alyssa Telles-Nolan placed fourth in the meet with a 9.750.
It was the beam team's best rotation of the season in San Jose State's second rotation. Each gymnast scored a 9.700 or higher to bring the Spartans its only 48.675 in school history. Julia Greer led the pack with a season-best 9.800, which was good enough to place her third-overall at the Burnsley Invitational.
"Tonight was a great, exciting meet," said Greer. "It was a great meet with three other teams there and a great crowd. I did not let anything get to me. I was really in the zone and I showed that off, and had a great me."
In their third rotation, the Spartans' veterans shined on floor. Senior Victoria Lark opened her team's night on the floor with a 9.750 routine, while Greer, who anchored the floor team, earned a 9.825, tying her season best and giving her the fourth-best score at the meet. Jasmine Holmes' best career score (9.650) contributed to San Jose State's second-highest floor score of 2013.
San Jose State kept up its pace with another season-high event showing, as she team earned the eighth-best team vault score in program history, a 48.825.
"Our vault team did awesome tonight," said Wright, "and they did a great job to finish the meet for us."
Similar to the beam team, each vaulter earned a 9.700 or higher, with Bekah Gher earning a team-high 9.825, the best of her collegiate career. Harrison's 9.775 closed out her all-around performance. The first all-around showing of 2013 for the team captain, Harrison placed fourth in the all-around (38.700).
"Obviously, we did not start off the season strong but we did not let it get to us," Greer said. "We are improving every week, and are working hard in the gym on the details and that is what matters."
The Spartans head to Seattle Pacific University next Friday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. (PST).