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Sydney Thompson throws the discus during at the Tomahawk Hatchet track invite at Tomahawk High School on Tuesday, May 9.
Ben Gauger/Lakeland Times

Sydney Thompson throws the discus during at the Tomahawk Hatchet track invite at Tomahawk High School on Tuesday, May 9.
In another busy week for the Mercer track team, the Tigers took part in two invites, continuing to achieve strong field results along the way. On Monday, Mercer traveled to Ashland, where the girls finished in fourth place. The Tigers also competed in Tomahawk on Tuesday, with the girls again taking fourth.



Tomahawk Invite

Field events continued to be the Tigers' strong suit, as Sydney Thompson topped both the shot put and discus, while Tyler Bianga swept for the boys.

Thompson's shot put of 40 feet, 8 inches was over five feet farther than teammate Aubrey Schoeneman, who threw 35-1 1/2 for second place. Bailey Thompson took third with a distance of 32-11 1/2.

In discus, Thompson topped Schoeneman again, but by nearly 21 feet as Thompson's throw reached 125-2 inches, while Schoeneman's ranged 104-3. Bailey Thompson took fifth with 88-9.

Bianga topped the shot put with a throw of 46-4, besting second place by five feet. His discus throw of 125-10 inches barely placed him at the top as Cody Jantzen of Northland Pines threw 124-3. Jovan Pavlovic threw 93-6 for eighth.

Caitlyn Hiller also showed strong results in the hurdles, taking second in both the 100- (18.62 seconds) and the 300-meter events (53.31).

"Caitlyn ran second in both hurdles with good times, losing to a state qualifier from Pines (Kirsten Lindemann)," head coach Bob Schenk said.

The Mercer girls' 4x100 relay of Gwen Allen, Hayle Woolf, Kaylee Cassiani and Ella Torkelson, finished in the middle of the pack in third with a time of 57.84 .

Rebecca Spagnuolo had a pair of fourth place finishes, one in the high jump with four feet, four inches, as well as in the triple jump with a distance of 29 feet, one half inch.

"We have a great chance to advance almost everybody to sectionals and that is our goal," Schenk said.



Ashland Invite

The previous night was a similar one for the Tigers, competing in Ashland, resulting in a fourth place finish for the girls.

"We were missing some kids due to various reasons and it sure got cold right up there on Lake Superior, but things turned out pretty good," Schenk said.

Thompson again topped both the shot put and discus events. In the shot put, Thompson topped her sister Bailey by 12 feet, with Sydney throwing 43-0 1/2, while Bailey tossed 31-1 3/4.

"Sydney set a season record in the discus," Schenk noted.

Billie Botes threw 29-2 for third place.

"Billie got her first medal ever with her personal record in the shot put," Schenk said. "The kids were sure happy for her."

Sydney Thompson threw 128-10 inches in the discus, nearly 40 feet past second place. Bailey Thompson threw 82-9 to finish fourth.

Bianga finished first in the shot put with a throw of 47 feet exactly, while only taking third place in the discus with a distance of 122-8.

Spagnuolo had a pair of second place finishes. With a personal record in the high jump, Spagnuolo jumped 4-6 inches. In the triple jump, Spagnuolo reached 29-10 1/4 inches.

"There were a lot of individual bests despite the cold and because of the absences we had to put together relays on the spur of the moment," Schenk said.

Gwen Allen finished in ninth for the 100-meter dash with 15.22, while Jovan Pavlovic took eighth for the boys (12.80).

Mercer's two relays - the 4x100 and 4x200 - took third and fourth, respectively, with 1:01.30 and 2:08.53.

The Tigers traveled to Drummond on Tuesday for the Indianhead Conference meet.

Ben Gauger may be reached via email at bgauger@lakelandtimes.com.