CRANFORD - The 17th Cougar Invitational was held this past Thursday at Cranford High School. The meet was a tightly contested event as Cranford, Westfield, and Summit put together some of their best performances of the season, but in the end it was Cranford, ranked No. 4 in the NJ.com Top 10, who won its third consecutive Cougar Invitational.
After 2 events, Summit (53.750), Westfield (53.725), and Cranford (53.675) were separated by less than .050 of a point, and after 3 events, Westfield (80.850) was leading Cranford (80.175) by .675 of a point. Cranford secured the win by averaging 9.52 on floor while Westfield was averaging 8.37 on the Uneven Bars.
Cranford was led by seniors Bee Iosso - 37.175, Erin Infante - 36.300, and Gabby Markase - 35.000. They finished 1st, 3rd, and 6th in the All Around.
All Around: Third championship in four years joining Jenna Rodrigues as the only three-time champions
Vault : Third championship in four years joining Andie Soblosky as the only three-time champions
Uneven Bars: Repeats as champion joining Alex Puryear, Bridget Murphy, and Jenna Rodrigues as repeat winners
Balance Beam: Second championship (2016). Other two-time winners are Abby Cook and Jenna Rodrigues
Floor Exercise: Breaks her meet record on Floor with 9.65. In 2016, she won with a score 9.60.
Westfield was led by Kaela Azzaretto, who finished second on Vault, Balance Beam, and All Around.
Summit was led by Catherine Singow, who finished second on Uneven Bars, third on Balance Beam, and fourth on Floor Exercise and the All Around.