The Mercer track team is picking up steam at just the right time. Competing in a WIAA Division 3 regional meet Monday at Flambeau, the Tigers took third in the girls' division with 96 points. Chequamegon took first place with 167, while Phillips finished in second with 136.

"The girls scored 96 points despite not entering half of the events," head coach Bob Schenk noted.

Sydney Thompson again laid claim to both the shot put and discus events. Thompson threw 41 feet, 8 inches in the shot put, while Aubrey Schoeneman took second with 36-9. Bailey Thompson's throw of 32-5 1/2 was good for third place.

In the discus, Thompson's throw of 132-3 took top honors. Schoeneman again took second, her distance 100-8 1/2. Bailey Thompson finished in fifth with 87-2 1/2.

Also succeeding in multiple events was Caitlyn Hiller, who qualified for the sectional meet in all four of her events.

In the 100 hurdles, Hiller finished in fourth with 18.13 seconds, while taking second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 53.37.

In the triple jump, Hiller took another second place finish, jumping 30-11.

Hiller also advanced as part of the 4x100 relay, which took third, running the event in 57.80 seconds.

"The last person to do this was Lexi Engler," Schenk said. Engler qualified in four events in 2013 and 2014.

Rebecca Spagnuolo topped the high jump with a height of 4-10.

"Rebby won the high jump to become the first regional high jump champ in probably 35 years," Schenk said. "This after just starting to jump a couple months ago."

Spagnuolo also took third in the triple jump with a distance of 30-1.

Along with the 4x100 relay, the Tigers took fourth in the 4x200 relay with a time of 2:09.51.

"All of the girls who competed today will advance to sectionals," Schenk said.

For the boys, Tyler Bianga mirrored the results of Sydney Thompson, taking both the shot put and discus events.

In shot put, Bianga's throw of 47-2 inches put him past Devon Lino of Hurley (43-11) for first.

Bianga (127-5) just out threw Tim Buerger of Hurley (124-2) in the discus.

Jovan Pavlovic placed seventh in the discus with a distance of 102 fee-1 inches. Pavlovic missed the cut in the 200 by .02 seconds, finishing in fifth with 26.30 seconds.

The Tigers headed to Colfax on Thursday for the sectional meet after deadline.

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