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Camas gymnasts remain proud as run of state titles ends

Peyton Cody, Hallie Kempf lead Papermakers to runner-up finish at 4A state meet

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: February 26, 2022, 5:38pm
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Camas sophomore Hallie Kempf performs her floor exercise routine at the 4A state gymnastics meet at Sammamish High School in Bellevue on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.
Camas sophomore Hallie Kempf performs her floor exercise routine at the 4A state gymnastics meet at Sammamish High School in Bellevue on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

BELLEVUE — For the first time since 2017, the Camas gymnastics team did not end up on the top podium at the 4A state meet.

But that doesn’t mean the Papermakers were down on Saturday afternoon.

“I think overall we did really good,” senior Peyton Cody said. “We just tried our best.”

The Papermakers scored 171.975 to finish second to Woodinville (178.075) in the team standings, ending a string of three straight state titles for Camas.

Cody placed fourth in the all-around with a score of 35.900 and sophomore Hallie Kempf placed fifth at 34.475.

“We put our best forward,” Kempf said. “We definitely all didn’t have a hit meet today, which is a little bit sad. But I think for sure we’re all OK with that. We’re proud of ourselves.”

Cody also placed third on the bars (9.225) and tied for seventh on vault (9.150). Kempf tied for fifth in the floor exercise (9.350) and placed seventh on bars (8.950).

Skyview’s Anna Sugarman also made her way onto the podium, placing third on the balance beam (9.325). Sugarman also placed 11th in the all-around with a sub-par performance on the floor likely keeping her from joining Cody and Kempf on the podium.

And while the Papermakers were hoping for another title, they also know that second place is much better than last year when there was no state meet.

“There are so many sophomores who didn’t get to do their (first) state meet last year,” Cody said. “So it’s super nice that a bunch of people got to come and experience the state meet, because it is so different from any other meet.”

That’s what one of those sophomores, Kempf, took away from her first state meet.

“It was interesting compared to … club gymnastics,” Kempf said. “I think it differs a lot in the atmosphere. It’s just a whole bunch different. The team is supporting you more, like everybody is more supportive.”

And that is what Cody will miss the most.

“It’s really emotional because I’ve done gymnastics for my whole life, so it’s sad to see my last meet,” the senior said. “But I’m really happy that I got to finish it out with my favorite teammates. And it was just super fun. It was a really good way to end it.”


At Sammamish HS, Bellevue

Team scores — 1, Woodinville 178.075; 2, Camas 171.975; 3, Sumner 165.550; 4, Mount Si 165.400.

All-around — 1, Rylee Anderson (Puyallup) 37.350; Also: 4, Peyton Cody (Camas) 35.900; 5, Hallie Kempf (Camas) 34.475; 11, Anna Sugarman (Skyview) 33.825.

Bars — 1, Rylee Anderson (Puyallup) 9.50; Also: 3, Peyton Cody (Camas) 9.225; 7, Hallie Kempf 8.950; 11, Oliva Bane (Camas) 8.50; 14t, Cyenna McCusker (Camas) 8.150; 20t, Anna Sugarman (Skyview) 7.850; 20t, Cate Neill (Camas) 7.850; 36t, Corissa Cassity (Camas) 7.050; 43, Saray Bilyeu (Skyview) 6.90.

Beam — 1, Rylee Anderson (Puyallup) 9.450; Also: 3, Anna Sugarman (Skyview) 9.325; 13, Cate Neill (Camas) 8.775; 14t, Hallie Kempf (Camas) 8.725; 18, Peyton Cody (Camas) 8.675; 19, Cyenna McCusker (Camas) 8.625; 33, Cassidy Hampton (Union) 8.100; 33, Allie Hubbard (Camas) 8.025; 44, Kennedy Cody (Camas) 7.525.

Floor — 1, Katie Barker (Woodinville) 9.625; Also: 5t, Hallie Kempf (Camas) 9.350; 12, Cyenna McCusker (Camas) 9.200; 17t, Kennedy Cody (Camas) 9.125; 25t, Olivia Bane (Camas) 9.000; 28t, Olivia Chou (Skyview) 8.950; 35t Peyton Cody (Camas) 8.850; 43, Ella Allum (Camas) 8.650; 47, Anna Sugarman (Skyview) 8.100.

Vault — 1, Skye Johnson (Rogers-Puyallup) 9.500; Also: 7t, Peyton Cody (Camas) 9.150; 18, Olivia Chou (Skyview) 8.675; 20, Anna Sugarman (Skyview) 8.675; 25t, Hallie Kempf (Camas) 8.450; 27, Ava Powlowski (Union) 8.425; 27, Elaine Hendricks (Union) 8.425; 37, Kennedy Cody (Camas) 8.175; 44, Lizzie Cerotsky (Camas) 7.800; 47, Cyenna McCusker (Camas) 7.375; 49, Olivia Bane (Camas) 6.900.