More than anything, Allie Trebesch's birthday wish was to go to the state meet.
Trebesch, a seventh grader, earned a trip to the state meet with a first-place finish in the vault at the Section 3AA Championships on Friday, Feb. 16, at Eagan High School - the day after her 13th birthday.
"That was the only birthday present she wanted - to make state," said Woodbury head coach Julie Dornseif, who is also Trebesch's mom. "She's one happy girl."
Trebesch tied for third place in the vault with a 9.475 - her highest score ever in the event - to become the first gymnast to reach state in Dornseif's three-year regime as head coach.
"This is exactly what I wanted for my birthday," Trebesch said. "I feel like I improved a lot over the course of the season. At the start of it I didn't even have a suit."
Vault is Trebesch's best event. She scored the 9.475 on her second attempt.
"She nailed vault," Dornseif said. "She had a bad beam and fell, but regained her composure and nailed it."
The No. 1 team from the section meet earns a trip to the state meet. The top four individual finishers in each event also qualify for state.
Trebesch came through Woodbury's MAGA program.
"It's huge for her," Dornseif said. "Our team has really struggled with injuries and it's been a tough year. We had a lot of potential, but three of our gymnasts were injured early in the season and even before the season. For her to reach state and represent Woodbury is awesome."
With team and individual qualifications on the line at the Section 3AA Championship, Woodbury finished in sixth place overall with a 131.0 in the eight-team section.
Park won the team title, topping second-place Rosemount, which scored a 143.45, to punch a ticket to the state meet. Park dominated the section meet, winning the vault with a 37.65, the bars with a 34.850, the beam with a 35.150 and the floor exercise with a 38.0.
Woodbury's intra-district and Suburban East Conference rival East Ridge failed to send a gymnast to the state meet for the first time in its four-year history. Last year, 2012 graduate Leah Robinette won the vault state championship crown and competed in the state all-around contest, while Megan Trollen earned a trip to state in the beam.
This year, however, the Raptors were shutout for the first time.
Trollen, a freshman, took fifth place on the bars with an 8.95, placed fifth in the floor exercise with a 9.5 and was sixth in the all-around with a 35.875. Also, junior Kelly McKenzie took seventh in the floor exercise with a 9.5 and placed 10th in the vault with a 9.25.
East Ridge placed fifth as a team with a 137.6.
The state gymnastics meet will take place Feb. 22 and 23 at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. Roseville won the Class AA state championship last season with a score of 149.325, edging two-time defending state champion Northfield, which scored 149.150.