Originally created 01/15/04

Aiken gymnast back from meet



Grace Taylor of Aiken fared well in her recent trip to the National Gymnastics Training Camp in Texas.

Taylor, a member of the U.S. team, trained for three days along with seven other members of the national squad and the Japanese National Team. The two squads held a competition last Friday with the Americans winning 146.225 to 131.900.

"Grace represented herself very well, especially for her first international competition," said her coach, Draha Krizova. "She worked hard and proved that she can perform when called on."

Taylor qualified as one of the six members of the competition team for the United States during the preliminary practices. Five gymnasts were then designated in advance in each event with the top four scores counting. But a fall in practice kept Taylor from competing on the balance beam.

Taylor did compete in other events. She placed fourth on the uneven bars with a score of 8.850, and she came in fifth on the floor exercises. In an exhibition on the beam, Taylor's routine received a score of 9.225, which was the second highest score of the meet.

Next up for Taylor are practice meets before she attempts to qualify for the U.S. Championships.

TRAIL RIDE: Forty-seven members of the local chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association enjoyed a recent Sunday ride.

The group held its monthly "Explore the Trail" mountain bike ride at the Wine Creek mountain biking/hiking trail located in McCormick County, S.C.

The U.S. Forest Service recently reopened the Wine Creek trail for public use thanks in part to the group's volunteer efforts in rebuilding the trail and bridges, which had been severely damaged due to flooding last year.

For more information about the group, contact Paul Farrow at pfarrow@sorbacsra.org.

CLASH CHAMPION: Ed Basey of Augusta received his championship trophy - and a $6,000 paycheck - Saturday night at the Carolina Clash-SDRA Super Late Model Series awards banquet at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Basey had one victory and 10 finishes in the top five in posting a 147-point victory over Larry Blankenship of Mooresville, N.C.