Madalenn Fee, one of the busy bees in Section V, has landed, and there is a state champion track and field medal around her neck.
A senior at Red Jacket in Ontario County, Fee won the Division II girls pentathlon competition at Cicero-North Syracuse during the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
"I’m pretty new to it," Fee said about the five-event pentathlon. "I really like winning the 800. I did the long jump and 800, and I thought I might as well give it a shot.
"I put in some time, and it worked out good."
Fee, one of nine state champions at schools in Section V - including the University Prep 400-meter relay and Red Creek sophomore Logan Corteux in the Division 2 wheelchair, has qualified to compete at one of the national high school championship meets. She will sit out however, because of conflicts with activities at her school.
Fee's final performance in a versatile career respected in Section V is a 3,088-point total that was No. 1 among athletes at small schools around the state. Merge results from the Division I girls pentathlon and include athletes from outside the NYSPHSAA, and Fee finished fifth overall.
There was a second-place overall finish in the 800-meter race, her favorite event, along with a third in the high jump, fourth in the long jump, eighth in the 100 hurdles and ninth in the shot put.
But among Division II athletes, Fee finished first in the 100 hurdles, won the high and long jumps and placed second in the 800 and shot put.
"I was confident in my training and everything, but you never know what’s going to happen," Fee said before she thanked Red Jacket coaches Mitch Lalik and Matt Nolan for their support. "Some people are going to rise to the occasion and some are not.
"I just had a focus on my events, go one by one. I was pretty comfortable. I know track and field is very mental, ultimately you are going to make it or break it for yourself. You have to stay composed and confident throughout."
Fee also carried away one of Section V track and field's state-level sportsmanship awards. She now has a collection of this honor, as Section V officials in cross country and indoor track also chose her for the award in those sports.
Boys track and field: Section V results for the 2022 season
Girls track: Section V results for the 2022 season
Fee, a high honor roll student with a 97 academic average and who volunteers at a local fire department, will move on to Cottey College. She will join the cross country and both track teams in Nevada, Missouri, near the state's western border.
"I think it's awesome," Fee said about the way she closed her high school career. "It was the fourth time ever that I did the pentathlon.
"It was definitely a tough competition, and missing out the past the two years in states (because the meets were canceled), really winning was great."
Manny Sepulveda, East Rochester
Manny Sepulveda is certainly one of the best athletes at East Rochester, after he has won sectional track titles and was placed on the Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Small Schools Football Team by coaches in Section V.
Sepulveda, who is in his junior year, now may be one of the top athletes in Section V.
— Billie Jo Sepulveda (@31Sepulveda) June 10, 2022
A triple jump of 47 feet-1 1/4 inches landed Sepulveda the Division II state title. He also finished in third-place during the Division II long jump, before he ended up second in the Federation competition.
Sepulveda also came in second in the Federation triple jump event.
— ERTrack&Field (@ERBomberstrack) June 10, 2022
Camryn Cole, Webster Schroeder
Camryn Cole emerged from a busy state meet with two first-place medals.
Cole captured the Federation and Division I girls high jump state titles with a winning jump of 5 feet, 8 inches, an inch higher than the best from Minisink Valley eighth-grader Ella Michelitch. The Division I, Division II and Federation high jump competitions, as usual, were rolled into one event.
Cole, who set the Section V girls record at 5-11 earlier this season, also earned second-place medals in the Federation and Division I 100 hurdle races. She, as a junior, has another season of eligibility.
Jacob Miller, Brockport
Brockport senior Jacob Miller showed what he can do indoors, he could also do outdoors, and that is win a state title in a middle distance sprint race.
"Coming out of indoor, we couldn't decide if I should do the 400 or the 800," Miller said. "I kind stuck to the 400, and my time dipped under 48 seconds. I thought, 'Oh, I have a chance to win this.'
"I knew a high 47 or a low 48 would be able to win the state meet. I knew I was right there."
Miller won the Division I boys 400 state final by a comfortable margin over other NYSPHSAA sprinters, as he crossed the finish line in 48.24 seconds. NYSPHSAA runner-up Brandon Robinson, a senior at Uniondale on Long Island, ran the race in 50.54.
Miller then placed second in the Federation race, which he ran in 47.79. Bishop Loughlin junior Wesley Noble crossed the finish line 47.38.
Zenallah Hatcher, Batavia
A lot went into Batavia thrower Zenallah Hatcher's fourth shot put attempt during the Division II girls competition.
What came out of it was a state title, as Hatcher put the shot at 40 feet-10 1/4 inches. Her second-best effort was 38-7 1/2.
Division II runner-up Uchenna Uba, a senior at Ravena, had a top distance of 38-2 1/2.
Hatcher placed third in the Federation event.
Not bad for a freshman.
Broden Haltiner, Newark
Count Newark senior Broden Haltiner among the high school seniors going out in style.
Haltiner was the fastest finisher among the Division II runners in the boys 1,600-meter race, and that made him a state champion.
Gitch Hayes, a senior at LaSalle Institute, won the Federation race and state title, as he ran the event in 4:09.94. Haltiner was sixth on the track after he came in at 4:14.59, the season's fastest time by a Section V runner.
Norwood Hughes, Newark
A state title for Norwood Hughes came his way after he won the Division II 200 dash by a slim margin.
Hughes, a senior who also ran the 100 at states, edged Johnson City junior Dayzin Legare at the finish line 21.913 to 21.920.
This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Section V brings home 9 titles at track and field state championships