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Colton Wood’s explanation is simple regarding his gymnastics state championship.

“I did the best,” Wood said.

Wood, who earned a trip to Honolulu for the western regional championships, won the 7-year-old, level-5 division of the Northern California State Championships on March 17 in Lodi.



In the six events, Wood finished first in one (9.175 on the floor), second in three (8.600 on the pommel horse, 8.7 on the rings, and 8.750 on the parallel bars), third in one (8.100 on the high bar), and seventh in another (9.000 in the vault).

Wood’s all-around score of 52.325 was better than the other eight gymnasts against whom he competed. He credited Jeff Jenkins, his coach of three years, for having him visualize each of his routines before he performed.




“When I got him, he had never done gymnastics before,” said Jenkins, owner of Gold Country Gymnastics and the only coach under whom Wood has worked. “From nothing to level-five, state champion is pretty good.”

Wood’s mother, Tammi Wood, said the amount of work her son has dedicated to gymnastics kept the state championship from being much of a surprise. His three days a week routine at Jenkins’ gym has kept him from getting involved in most other afterschool activities.

“He has no time to play any other sport,” Tammi said. “He’s dedicated; he’s the one who wants to be here.”

Colton, a second-grader at Grass Valley Charter School, qualified for the state championships by breaking an all-around score of 52 twice in the three-month season.

His second 52-plus point performance came in the last meet of the regular season on March 11.

“He really wanted this,” Tammi said.

Colton will compete in Hawaii during the second week of April.

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To contact Sports Writer Jeff Miller, e-mail jeffm@theunion.com or call 477-4247.


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