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Mercer's Ruiz going to state in triple jump


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CAMERON, Wis. --- Ona Ruiz played basketball all her life in Spain. She played it when she came to Mercer as an exchange student.

She’s going to state in track-and-field.

Ruiz started triple jumping about six weeks before the WIAA Division 3 postseason started. She won the regional to advance to sectionals where she then needed a top-four finish to advance to state.

A couple of sleepless nights later, Ruiz crushed her personal best, left the school record in shambles and finished in third place to punch her ticket to this weekend’s state meet at UW-La Cr...