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Jordan-Elbridge's Marion Quigley competes in the shot put during the pentathlon at the Section III state qualifier meet May 31 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

It's his third time at the state meet, but Marion Quigley admits there's still some nerves.

The Jordan-Elbridge senior is making another trip to the New York State High School Athletic Association track and field meet, which is being held in Middletown Friday and Saturday.

Quigley is ranked No. 3 overall heading into the pentathlon with a score of 3322. He enjoys both sides of being seeded so high.

"I'm the kind of kid who likes the seeding, and if I don't get that seeding I get upset and believe I could do better," Quigley said. "There's still not pressure because I'm near the top. I just need to keep doing my best and give everything I got."

Quigley took first place for the third time at the state qualifier meet last week.

Quigley tied for first with Fayetteville-Manlius’ Ryan Serp in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 15.42 for 799 points, added 627 points by tying for first in the high jump (5-10.75) and was second in the shot put at 10.59 meters for 521 points. His 6.34 long jump was second best in the field for 661 points, and he closed it out by taking third in the 1500m run (4:34.7) for 714 points.

His score of 3322 is a program record.

Quigley is seeded only behind Section II Clymer's John Swabik (3489) and Section I Walt Whitman's John Poplawski (3416).

Last year Quigley placed fourth for small schools and 11th overall at states.

Despite qualifying in the pentathlon — a competition where most people can't name the five events — Quigley understandably gets questions about his craft.

"I'm very proud of myself to have the ability to be good enough in five events that I can go to states," Quigley said.

Quigley and his coaches' approach to states has changed slightly over the years, with him focusing on two or three of the events each day.

In a phone interview Thursday on the way to Middletown, Quigley recalled how he first got into the pentathlon. A coach was looking for someone to fill the event, he tried it and stuck with it.

"I trained a week for it, I won it and I got into it," Quigley said.

Now Quigley is looking to claim a state championship, but if that doesn't happen he at least wants to permanently put his name in the school's record book.

"My No. 1 aim is to win," Quigley said. "The second is to increase my score and improve my (personal record) and my school record so that it's something no one can break for a while."

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Sports writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 315-282-2256 or at jeremy.houghtaling@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenHough.

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