It was another strong outing for the Mercer track and field team, especially for the girls, who finished second in an Indianhead Conference invite held at South Shore on Thursday with 67 points. Ironwood topped the event with 91 points.

While the girls strived, the boys didn't, with only one member in play.

As is becoming typical with the Tigers, they performed the best in the field events. Sydney Thompson topped both the shot put (40 feet, five inches), as well as the discus (120 feet, seven inches).

But along with Thompson, Mercer places all nine of their competitors in the shot put in the top 10, including all for the top five. Rounding out the top five where Bailey Thompson (32 feet, 10.5 inches), Aubrey Schoeneman (32 feet, five and a half inches), Hayle Woolf (29 feet, 10 inches) and Jess Klopatek (26 feet, 11.5 inches).

Similarly, the Tigers had eight of the top 10 in the discus, as well as the top five again. The top five was slight different to that off the shot put: in second, Schoeneman (91 feet, seven inches); third, Bailey Thompson (91 feet, three inches); fourth, Caitlyn Hiller (67 feet, one inch); and fifth, Rebecca Spagnuolo (63 feet, one inch).

Hiller also competed in the 300 meter hurdles, taking first with a time of 54.98 seconds.

Spagnuolo won the triple jump for the Tigers with her distance of 27 feet, nine and a half inches.

The Tigers had a single relay on the day, the girls' 4x200, where they took first with a time of 2:06.98.

Also for the girls, Gwen Allen finished sixth in the 100 meter dash with 15.00 seconds, while Savannah McGuire took 10th with 16.77 seconds.

In the 200 meter dash, Kaylee Cassiani took fifth with 32.32 seconds, while Hayle Woolf was right behind her at sixth with 33.87 seconds.

For the boys, it was only Tyler Bianga competing, earning all 14 points for Mercer.

Bianga, like Thompson, took the shot put event as he's done all year. His distance of 46 feet earned him the victory. Zach Morrison of Ironwood wasn't far behind with his throw of 42 feet, four inches.

In the discus, Bianga took second place, his throw of 115 feet, seven inches behind Tim Beurger of Hurley, who threw 139 feet, seven inches for the win.

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