Thompson rises through ranks with big throw


ON WISCONSIN <b>Redshirt freshman Alex Thompson moved into No. 2 on UW's all-time list in the discus on Friday.</b>
ON WISCONSIN
Redshirt freshman Alex Thompson moved into No. 2 on UW's all-time list in the discus on Friday.
ON WISCONSIN

May 4, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. -- Some days you just have it, and Friday was certainly one of those days for Alex Thompson in the discus competition that opened the Wisconsin Open.

The redshirt freshman felt right at home in the invitational section of the discus, stepping up and setting personal-best marks with each of his first two attempts at the Badgers' throws facility.

Thompson's best throw came on the second of his attempts, as he threw for a distance of 190 feet, 6 inches, to finish as the top collegian and third overall in the event.

The Rockford, Ill., native's personal-best heave ranks among the top five in the Big Ten and top 15 nationally this season and also moved him all the way to No. 2 on UW's all-time list.

Teammate Dan Block, the school record holder in the discus, finished fourth in the event with his toss of 190-1.

While Block's school record lives on, the sophomore was outdone by former UW-Whitewater All-American Dan Hytinen, who recorded a distance of 201-11 to win the event and break Block's facility record of 192-6, set last season.

Hytinen's mark also ranks No. 8 by an American this year, putting him well beyond the Olympic `B' qualifying standard.

Badgers Scott Erickson and Andrew Brekke also took part in the discus, competing unattached. Erickson went on to finish fifth with his best throw of 168-11, while Brekke placed just behind in sixth with his toss of 167-1.

Continuing unattached, Erickson and Brekke also each took part in the hammer throw. Brekke finished second in the event with a mark of 168-11 while Erickson came in fourth with his distance of 166-5.

Unattached athlete Ben Bishop won the event by recording an effort of 209-6.

All four Badgers continue competition tomorrow during the second and final day of the Wisconsin Open, as field events begin at 12:15 p.m. with the javelin.

Live results during the event and a complete recap from the meet can be found at UWBadgers.com.

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