MOULTRIE -- Despite competing without two key performers, the Colquitt County High gymnastics team defeated Thomas County Central and Pace Academy on Friday at the Thomasville YMCA.

Led by freshman Meghan Marshall and senior Katheryn Mainor, the Lady Packers had a team score of 104.7.

Pace Academy, of Atlanta, competed in south Georgia for the first time, was second with a 101.4.

Thomas County Central, plagued by injuries, managed just a 55.775.

Colquitt County competed without senior Wendi Hicks, who is recovering from knee surgery, and sophomore Krista Wood, who has been ill.

But Marshall came through with a 36.05 all around score for first place.

Marshall won bars with a 9.2 and the floor exercise with a 9.5. She was second on beam with an 8.55 and was third on vault with an 8.8.

Mainor won the vault competition with a 9.3 and was second on bars with an 8.55. She was third on floor with an 8.9 and fourth on beam with an 8.25.

Sophomore Temira Davis was solid with an 8.475 on vault, 8.3 on bars, 8.25 on beam and 8.625 on floor for a 33.65 all around score.

Jennifer Rogers added an 8.1 on the floor exercise.

"This was a great warmup for the area meet," coach Josie Robinson said.

The area qualifying meet will be held at two sites on April 23 in Atlanta.

Colquitt County will compete among 22 teams at Dunwoody High School.

Another 22 schools will compete at The Lovett School.

The top six teams from each qualifying meet will advance to the Georgia High School Association state meet on April 30 at Westminster School in Atlanta.

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