NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma junior Jamie Henderson and freshman Jonathan Horton headlined day two of the Rocky Mountain Open in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday. The two combined for three first place finishes while their teammates put together five other top-five finishes.
The two-day event, similar to the way a conference championships and an NCAA meet is run, features the top ten finishers from the team finals on Friday and those gymnasts competed on Saturday for individual titles.
“Its nice to give the athletes an opportunity to go out and have fun by competing as an individual and not worrying about team scores,” said Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams. “This event serves as preparation for the NCAA Championships because it gives athletes a feel for competing on multiple days, instead of the normal collegiate meet that takes place in one day.”
Henderson, a two-time All-American on the still rings, tallied a 9.6 with his performance on the rings, which was good enough for first-place honors.
Horton took first place on two events, one day after taking second in the all-around during Friday’s team finals. Horton recorded a 9.4 on the floor exercise and a 9.05 on the parallel bars to take the top spot on the podium in the respective events. Horton rounded things off with a fourth place finish on the vault in which he recorded a 9.0.
Senior Josh Gore also placed in the top five on two events. The 2004 All-American on the parallel bars finished third on Saturday in the event with an 8.8. Gore also went on to take second place on the pommel horse with a 9.2.
Junior James Myers finished second on the high bar for the second consecutive year at the Rocky Mountain Event Finals. Myers’ routine was good for a 9.35. Senior Brian Trause was also solid with a second place finish on the parallel bars.
Trause, like Gore, was an All-American in 2004 on the parallel bars and tallied an 8.95 on Saturday, good for second place.
“I am extremely proud of all of our guys, especially of Jonathan and Jamie’s performances,” added Williams. “Overall, this weekend helped prepare us for our next meet and we will return to practice to prepare for Saturday’s meet at No. 7 Michigan.”
The No. 1 Sooners will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to battle the No. 7 Wolverines on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. (CST