Madison Munoz was proud and satisfied by the way she completed the Oswego Sectional on Feb. 11.

Madison Munoz was proud and satisfied by the way she completed the Oswego Sectional on Feb. 11.

The Lady Leafs’ Munoz finished the gymnastics sectional meet on a high note with her vault routine earning her a tie for 17th (8.80) and a chance at an at-large bid at state.

Vying for her first ticket to the IHSA state gymnastics competition, the total was

the best at-large bid from the sectional but it fell just shy of 9.27 mark needed to advance to state.

She finished 17th in the all-around (33.95), and she landed tied for 19th in the uneven bars (8.4).

She added a 28th place finish on the balance beam with an 8.35 score.

A senior, Munoz said it meant the world to her to have a cheering section made up of teammates and family members at sectionals.

After her performance on vault, Munoz shared a hug and shed a tear with her teammate Brooke Laingen who has been coming to sectionals to cheering on Munoz the past three seasons.

However, sectionals may not be Munoz’s last performance.

Munoz was handpicked by coaches at sectionals to receive an invitation to compete at the National High School Gymnastics Association Senior Showcase Invitational in May held in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla.

“With graduation on the 21st, we are not sure we would make it back in time,” Munoz said. “I think I would really like to do that as my final gymnastics competition.”

In the meantime, she will stay close to the sport she loves by continuing to coach young gymnasts at the Geneseo Community Center.

“It reminds me about when I was starting out,” Munoz said. “The kids are so excited to be able to do gymnastics. I like to be able to show them what I know and see them improving every practice means a lot.”