Biles soars to U.S. women's gymnastics championship

HARTFORD, Conn. — Simone Biles won the U.S. women's gymnastics title Saturday night, edging Kyla Ross.

The 16-year-old Biles put together a two-day score of 120.450, just ahead of the 120.250 posted by Ross.

Brenna Dowell was third, followed by Peyton Ernst and Maggie Nichols. All three, like the rest of the field, were well behind the world-class efforts put together by Biles and Ross.

Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney easily won her second national title in vault as she gears up for the world championships in Belgium this fall.

Biles took control of the meet during the preliminary round on Thursday and never trailed in the finals, overcoming a miscue on uneven bars to reach the top of the podium.

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