Paarmann said Rochester Century and Rochester Mayo are probably the top two favorites to win the conference. As for the section, the goal is always to advance as many people to state as possible.
Ekstedt could be one of those state qualifiers. Thursday she delivered a runner-up effort in the 55 high hurdles (9.38), a second-place in the 4x200 relay (1:57.71), a third place in the 55 low hurdles (9.74) and won the triple jump at 31-feet-7.5. Her effort helped East to the team championship with 133 points at Minnesota State’s Bud Myers Field House.
The Cougars started fast as Kjersten Parsons, Andrea Nett, Erica Ellstrom and Ivy Glade delivered a time of 10:53 to win the opening 4x800-meter relay.
Ziegler also had a win for East in the high jump with a leap of 4-feet-10. Nett won the 3,200 meters in 13:15.
Blue Earth Area’s Taylor Grandgenett won the 55 high hurdles with a time of 9.24 and the 55 low hurdles in 9.32. The Bucs’ foursome of Anne Franta, Miranda Johnson, Paige Darrington and Skylee Bell finished first in the 4x200 relay in 1:56.06.
Also winning for BEA were Kaitlyn Olsen in the open 400 meters (1:02.77), Krista Hassing in the 800 meters (2:24.35) and Franta in the 200 meters (28.33).
BEA also won the final event of the night. Taylor Johnson, Karli Olsen, Kaitlyn Olsen and Krista Hassing recorded a time of 4:16.5 in the 4x400 relay.
WEM’s Lily Anderson was first in the 55-meter dash in 7.34 and teammate Brooke Galler won the pole vault at 8-feet even. The Bucs’ Tierney Winter was first in both the 1,600 meters (5:44) and the long jump (16-feet-1).
Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial/Nicollet’s Alayna Thiessen captured the shot put with a heave of 35-feet-5.