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Payton Monk Heads To Florida For The USA Gymnastics Development Program National Championships

Monk scored a 9.6 in the floor exercise at regionals

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Level 10 gymnast Payton Monk trains at Northeast Gymnastics in Hanover Township with head coach Lori Dexter. In the junior F division for 16-year-olds she recently competed at Lewisburg in a regional competition and qualified for the USA Gymnastics Development Program National Championships in Daytona Beach Florida. The two-day event begins on Sunday in the vault, floor exercise, uneven bars and the balance beam.

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"It is a crazy big honor just to represent my team and the sport that I love," said Payton.

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"She just loves competing She is very dynamic and very confident. She is very good in every event. A little weaker on bars but that is coming along. That is just more of a confidence thing. But she is just amazing to watch and is exciting to watch. She just kind of pulls you in," said Lori.

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Of the four events Payton competes in the floor exercise by far is her favorite.

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"It's like fun. I don't know. You can just like express yourself and dance around. I like dancing," added Payton.

A 9.6 in the floor exercise was her high mark. She followed that up with a 9.45 on the beam. Payton started gymnastics here at Northeast when she was 8 years old.

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"I was about 8 years old when I started team, but I was younger then that when I started classes. Have you always come here? Yeah! I was at a birthday party one year," again said Payton.

"We just went in and had a good time. She was relaxed. She did everything that she needed to do and it just worked out. Actually friends of mine told me that she made it, because I wasn't keeping track, because actually I don't like to. I like to be in the moment and see how the results play out and she made it and it was just aww fabulous," added Lori.

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With a top 4 finish in Florida Payton qualifies for the USA Development Program National Team. There are 100 other girl's from around the country competing for those 4 spots.

"Good luck at nationals Payton," said the team.

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Steve Lloyd Newswatch 16 sports Luzerne County.