Since the start of the high school gymnastics season, teams across Texas have been trying to best a particular score.
That mark — 295 points for boys teams, 215 for girls — is the threshold needed to advance past the regional meets and to the state championships.
With the two-day Region III meet beginning for Permian and Odessa High’s gymnastics teams today, those scores are what each team will need to continue its season.
The compulsory round of the two-day event starts at 3:15 p.m. Friday afternoon in the Permian Fieldhouse, with the optional portion of the meet starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the same venue.
In addition to hitting those high-point marks, teams need to finish in the top three in the team standings to advance to the state meet.
The 2018 Texas High School State Gymnastics Championships will be held April 27 and 28 at Rockwall-Heath High School.
The three teams Permian and Odessa High share a district with — San Angelo Central, Abilene High and Abilene Cooper — will be competing as well as several teams from El Paso and Lubbock.
The Region III meet was also held at the Permian Fieldhouse last season when the Permian boys and San Angelo Central girls won regional championships.
Those two teams enter this weekend’s meet as the favorites to repeat after winning district championships three weeks ago.
The girls teams have to score higher than 215 with four events on each day, while boys teams have to hit 295 with six different disciplines in each round.
The Permian boys, Odessa High boys and Permian girls all advanced to the state meet last year, with the Permian and Odessa High boys each placing in the top six at state.
At the District 2-5A meet, each of those three teams bested that score, with the Odessa High girls falling a little lower than the 215-point mark.