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Thompson wins shot-put, competes in discus today


Jason Juno/Daily Globe

Mercer junior Sydney Thompson is a state champion. She won the WIAA Division 3 state shot put title Friday evening at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a mark of 44 feet, 1 inch. Mercer junior Caitlin Hiller, right, takes a photo of Thompson and her aunt, Tammy (Thompson) Moynihan, who finished third in the discus at state in 1992, when she was an athlete at Mercer.

La CROSSE, Wis. - Nobody was seeded within three feet of Mercer's Sydney Thompson going into Friday's WIAA Division 3 state track-and-field meet.

That didn't matter when Ozaukee's Emma Richards landed her second shot put attempt at 41 feet, 7.5 inches.

But Thompson responded.

Big time.

Thompson's next four throws were the top four of the competition as the Mercer junior won the state championship; her best mark was 44 feet, 1 inch.

Mercer coach Bob Schenk jumped in the air as her throws got more incredible. He was emotional afterwards.

"I'm just so happy for her," the long-time throwing coa...

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