The Mankato Free Press
---- — MANKATO — Mankato East scored 507 points to win the 10-team Section 2AA true team girls track and field meet at Wolverton Stadium Tuesday.
The win gives the Cougars an automatic berth in the true team state meet. It is their seventh trip to the true team state competition.
Mankato West finished second with 495 points, St. Peter was fourth (417), Waseca was sixth (367), Madelia-Truman took eighth (266) and New Ulm/New Ulm Cathedral finished 10th (160).
East's Mishya Rowe-Swanson won the 400-meter dash in 1:01.66. The Cougars' 4x100 relay of Jenny Vetter, Emily Altenburg, Emma Baynes and Rebekah Kolstad won in 52.22.
East's Claire Ziegler won both the high jump (5-feet-2) and the shot put (36-2.5). Teammate Alyson Enderle won the discus at 110-6.
Mankato West's Holly Hankins was first in the open 800 in 2:28.83. The Scarlets also won the 4x200 relay (1:51.55) and the 4x400 relay (4:13.73) and received a first-place effort from Taylor Amundson in the pole vault (8-6),
Logan Retzlaff led St. Peter, winning the 300 hurdles in 48.25. Waseca took first in the 4x800 relay in 10:07.79.
Sec. 2AA Boys: Faribault ran away with the Section 2AA boys true team track and field title Tuesday, scoring 497 points at Wolverton field.
Mankato East was in second with 459. Mankato West finished third (450.5), Waseca was fourth (418), Madelia-Truman took seventh (316), St. Peter placed eighth (257) and New Ulm/New Ulm Cathedral was ninth (242.5).
Brad Kunz led East with a first-place time of 10:19.28 in the 3,200-meter run. He was the only individual champion for the Cougars.
Mankato West was led by Logan Bristol and Will Claussen. Bristol won the high jump (6-2) and Claussen captured the long jump (20-8).
Waseca had four first-place efforts. Shane Streich won both the 800 meters (2:00.16) and the triple jump (42-4.5). Teammate Brock Kolander took the 1,600 meters (4:23.96) and Tyler Kolander won the discus (155-2).
Madelia-Truman's DaMarko Thomas won the open 200 in 23.13. Teammate Adam Cooling won the 400 meters in 51.97. The Jayhawks also won the 4x200 relay (1:34.17) and the 4x400 relay (3:27.19).
St. Peter's Sean O'Connell was first in the 100-meter dash (11.47).
Sec. 2A Girls: Blue Earth Area scored 664 points to win the Section 2A girls true team track meet at Mapleton Tuesday. United South Central was second (628), St. James Area was third (551.5) and Mankato Loyola was ninth (411.5).
Taylor Grandgenett won both the 100-meter (16.99) and 300 hurdles (47.54) for BEA. Teammate Krista Hassing won the 400 meters (61.04), the 800 meters (2:25.33) and the triple jump (33-feet-0.5). The Bucs also won the 4x400 relay (4:14.33).
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown's Tierney Winter captured the 1,600 meters in 5:21.07 and New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva's Carlie Wagner won both the 200 meters (27.14) and the high jump (5-2). Aryn Eckstrom won the 3,200 meters for SJA in 11:57.54.
United South Central's Linsey Thisius won the pole vault (8-0), St. Clair's Katelyn Weber won the shot put (41-6.5) and discus (131-10).
Sec. 2A Boys: Blue Earth Area made it a clean sweep, compiling 587 points to win the Section 2A true team meet at Mapleton. Mankato Loyola was second with 582 points.
BEA's Nick Beattie captured the 110-meter dash (11.40) and the 200 meters (23.07), The Bucs also won the 4x2 relay (1:35.65) and 4x1 relay (45.71),
Maple River's Sam Duncanson won the 110 hurdles (16.32); NRHEG's T.J. Schlitz won both the 1,600 (4:33.06) and 3,200 (10:00.27); MVL's Matt Tessmer took the open 400 (51.0); Le Sueur-Henderson's Alex Haas was first in the 300 hurdles (42.87); and St. Clair's Tyler Hauser won the 800 (2:05.17).
St. James Area won the 4x4 relay (3:30.75); Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial/Nicollet's Evan Guffey won the long jump (19-11.5) and the triple jump (40-1.25); St. James' Miguel Gonzalez won the high jump (6-0); St. Clair's Eric Peterson was first in the pole vault (11-6); LSH's Dustin Gill took the shot put (53-9.25) and the discus (166-5).