Hixson bags gold and Brizendine wins silver

Nine-year-old Katelyn Hixson of Oregon City did herself proud at the Fall Compulsory State Gymnastics Championships, held in Grants Pass on Dec. SUBMITTED - Oregon City nine-year-old Katelyn Hixson (center) celebrates winning gold at the 2013 Fall Compulsory State Gymnastics Championships.

The North Clackamas Christian School fourth grader won the all-round title in the Level 3 Junior A Division, with an all-around score of 36.5

Consistency was the key for the talented Oregon City youth. She didn’t win an event, but she placed high in all four gymnastic events, with scores of 9.25 in the vault, 8.975 on the balance beam, 9.30 on the uneven bars and 8.975 in the floor exercise.

The state championship did not come without a lot of hard work. Hixson practices four hours a day three days a week the year around at Precision Elite Gymnastics in Clackamas. She started gymnastics at age 3 and has been a member of the Precision Elite team for the last two years.

Katelyn Hixson wasn’t the only local athlete who excelled at the fall state meet. Twelve-year-old Alexis Brizendine of Oregon City earned a silver medal in all-around in the Level 3 Senior Division.

by: SUBMITTED - Alexis BrizendineBrizendine, a seventh grader at Gardiner Middle School, had scores of 8.975 on the balance beam, 9.1 in the floor exercise, 8.85 on the bars and 9.2 in the vault, for an all-around score of 36.125. Her score on the beam tied her for second place in that event.

Brizendine’s high finish at state was especially impressive, because she has only been practicing gymnastics on a regular basis since July of last year.

Both girls now move up to the more advanced Level 4.

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