Porte, Cardeno First at Southern Utah Meet

Cedar City, Utah----- Veronica Porte won the all-around title for the third time in the last four weeks and Raylyn Cardeno captured the vault highlighting San Jose State University’s women’s gymnastics meet against Southern Utah University.

Porte posted an all-around total of 38.900. The sophomore from Martinez, Calif., finished first in the balance beam with a 9.800 and tied for second in the uneven bars at 9.750.

“Each meet, I continue to get stronger with what I can do and what I can do for the team,” Porte said.

Cardeno was the Spartans’ other individual event winner with her score of 9.800.

In the team competition, Southern Utah (5-9) edged San Jose State, 193.675 to 193.175.

SEVEN CONSECUTIVE MEETS IN THE 193.00's

“We’ve been pretty consistent throughout the year. Our goal is to maintain our consistency and do better each meet. If you were to look, we’re probably one of the most consistent teams in the country (in team scoring),” said San Jose State women’s gymnastics coach Wayne Wright.

The Spartans helped themselves achieve their seventh consecutive team score in the 193.000 or better range with a season high 48.725 score in the uneven bars and a 48.175 to 47.900 win in the balance beam. All six Spartan competitors (Liz Major, Jennifer Pizano, Jessica Khoshnood, Alise Blackwell, Porte and Michelle Minotti) scored between a 9.675 to 9.775 in the uneven bars.

“Everybody hit all their value parts and stuck their landings,” the Spartans’ coach said about the team’s performance on the uneven bars.

The Spartan return to action, Sunday, March 18, in a dual meet at Sacramento State.

San Jose State vs. Southern Utah women’s gymnastics
Cedar City, Utah
March 9, 2007

Team scores
– 1. Southern Utah, 193.675. 2, San Jose State, 193.175.

Vault – 1, Raylyn Cardeno, San Jose State, 9.800. 2, Elise Wheeler, Southern Utah, 9.750. 3, Kaie Hicks, Southern Utah, 9.725.

Uneven bars – 1, Elise Wheeler, Southern Utah, 9.900. 2, tie, Kellie Dangerfield, Southern Utah, and Erin Morgan, Southern Utah, 9.825.

Balance beam
– 1, Veronica Porte, San Jose State, 9.800. 2, tie, Kellie Dangerfield, Southern Utah, and Erin Morgan, Southern Utah, 9.725.

Floor exercise – 1, Elise Wheeler, Southern Utah, 9.875. 2, Tehani Douglas, Southern Utah, 9.800. 3, tie, Veronica Porte, San Jose State, Alise Blackwell, San Jose State, Kellie Dangerfield, Southern Utah, and Shayla Garcia, Southern Utah, 9.750.

All-around – 1, Veronica Porte, San Jose State, 38.900. 2, Elise Wheeler, Southern Utah, 38.875. 3, Alise Balckwell, San Jose State, 38.875.

Dual meet records – San Jose State, 6-9. Southern Utah, 5-9.