During the final weeks of October, Wildfire Gymnastics took its annual compulsory team travel trip to Las Vegas, competing this time at the Browns Gymnastics Trick or Treat Invitational. The well run event involved 273 gymnasts showing up from Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and California. This was for us, the last of the qualifying opportunities to score into a SoCal Sectional Championship. All Wildfire athletes have qualified. While at the 2017 Trick or Treat Invite, sixty Wildfire gymnasts (9 of whom, in rank order, were rated as the top scoring athletes of the entire weekend event) accounted for 29 top 3 All Around finishes while 12 of them emerged as Gold medal AA champions. Team Wildfire Levels 3, 4 and 5 concluded their competition as invitational team champions. That brings our pre championship season win record to 11 and 1.

Wildfire’s Team - Level 3, accumulated a team total that reflects an individual event average just above 9.700. Eighty-nine Level 3 gymnasts participated in total, and from this roster, there were 28 Wildfire athletes entered. Twenty-three of them finished among the top 25. Wildfire gymnasts came up with 11 AA top 3 awards, 4 of whom were presented with All Around Gold. The highest scoring AA by any gymnast of the entire weekend against all age groups, sessions and levels was Wildfire’s Kaytie Dobbert Madson (38.550, 1st Bars - 9.775). The All Around Champions list also included Ava-Malani Franco (38.450, 1st Vault, 1st Beam - 9.875, 1st Floor - 9.700), Logan Welsh (38.275, 1st Bars, 1st Floor 9.700) and 6 year old Maylee Chen, she winning Vault, Beam and Floor (9.600). All Around Silver Medalists reflect standout performances by Medalist Katie Bieger (38.325), Reagan Hoffmann (38.200) and Riley Hochman (38.025). Additional Individual event Gold medal championship efforts included those by Page Hoffmann - Beam (9.625), Joelle Geffeney (Beam - 9.575), Samantha Bray (Beam - 9.625), Natalia San Jose (Floor - 9.725). Posting scores that ranked highest on the event, including all age groups, sessions and levels were, on Vault (9.725) Reese Hogan, and Beam (9.875), Ava-Malani Franco.

Seventy-three Level 4 gymnasts participated at this competition and 16 Wildfire gymnasts, by the end, ranked 8 among the top 10. Ten Wildfire gymnasts finished as top 3 All Around award recipients in their various age groups. Four of them won All Around Gold. The Wildfire girls posted a 9.650 team average to win the 2017 Brown’s Gymnastics Trick or Treat Invitational Level 4 Team Championship. The leading Level 4 All Around athlete of the competition, with a 38.375, was Emma Lee. Eight year old Emma posted as well, winning scores on Beam (9.675), and Floor (9.875). Emma’s Floor score was the highest for the event all weekend, standing against every age group, session and level. Ranking 2nd among that total of 73 Level 4 athletes competing, and at the same time, winning her age group as the 11 year old AA Champion (38.275), Kaylee Ossman. She won her age related Bar championships with a score that turned out to be the second highest among all Level 4’s. Standout efforts prompted All Around victories for two others, they being 9 year old Keili Harmston (37.875, 1st Beam - 9.725, 1st Floor - 9.675) and Gillian Burrows (37.800, 1st Vault - 9.700). Gillian’s Vault score was ranked first among all Level 4’s, spanning all age groups.

Sixteen Wildfire Level 5 gymnasts, by meet’s end, ranked 9 athletes as part of the top 13 amongst the company of 57 total entrants. Leading Wildfire’s Level 5 team effort was the top scoring Level 5 gymnast of the meet, 8 year old All Around Champion, Arianna Espinoza (38.025, 1st Vault - 9.6575, 1st Bars - 9.650). Other AA champions include, 12 year old AA Champion, Dayenu Munoz (37.000, 1st Bars - 9.725, 1st Floor - 9.675), 10 year old All Around Gold Medallist, Molly Osborne (1st Beam - 9.600, 1st Floor - 9.550) and 13 + AA winner, Ailani Tran (1st Beam). Additional standout AA performances were launched by Silver Medalists all: Thi Nguyen (37.700, 1st Beam - 9.600, 1st Floor - 9.700), Alexa Alcantar (37.625, 1st Vault) and Marina Martinez (1st Floor). Thi Nguyen on Floor and Alexa Alcantar on Vault, scored the highest among all Level 5 competitors on their respective championship events. Further highlights were brought about by individual event Gold Medal efforts by Sarah Assad (1st Vault - 9.550) and Vault winner, Presley Wickman, she accounting for a 9.675.