With the season drawing to a close, and Senior Night just around the corner, it’s heartwarming to see seniors stand up and be the leaders a team needs. That’s exactly what Sandra Ostad did on Friday night, anchoring the Missouri Gymnastics team to a second place finish at the Arkansas Quad Meet with a season-high score on the vault.
The Tigers started the meet on the bars, and they came out swinging. Sophomore Rachel Updike took charge, leading the team with a score of 9.825. Fellow sophomore Laura Kappler earned a new career high mark, sticking the landing for a 9.775. Freshman Miranda Eubank proved that she could compete with the big girls, posting a 9.800.
Arkansas led after the first rotation with a 49.225, while Missouri trailed in second place with a score of 48.875.
Tiptoeing over to the beam, the Tigers continued to perform at their best, with Updike nailing third on the beam with a score of 9.825, a team high. Freshman Rachel Henderson was not to be outdone though, and posted a career high score of 9.750. Senior Tori Howard showed why she was a senior, anchoring the team with a score of 9.725.
On the floor, Missouri tried to take the lead, but Arkansas was on fire, recording a score of 49.400, tying the school’s fifth best score in program history.
The Razorbacks clinched the meet with the vault, showing off event title holder Katherine Grable. Grable, a junior, lit up the room with her fiery routine, earning a 9.95.
After that, Arkansas pulled away, and all the Tigers could do was continue to put up a solid performance to clinch second place.
Missouri ended on the vault, and was led by senior Sandra Ostad, who soared to a season high score of 9.800. Fellow senior Howard followed with an indentical score, and Updike, inspired by both seniors, went on to take second in the event, with a score of 9.875.
The Tigers return home for Senior Night March 8 in the Hearnes Center.