The Cougars' Morgan Pieri won the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches and teammates Caraline Slattery (5-4) and Shaina Burns (5-4) made it a 1-2-3 sweep for 78 huge points en route to an 880 total and a first Class 3A championship.
"We knew the field events would give us that boost halfway through the meet," coach Andrew Hilliard said.
Lakeville South gained further separation from runner-up and South Suburban Conference foe Prior Lake, which had an early lead, when Allison Mosser joined Pieri and Slattery among the top 11 in the triple jump. Burns, Mosser and Slattery were also all in the top six of the 300-meter hurdles.
The Cougars' Jordyn Thornton won the shot put with a throw of 44-3¼, inches and Monica Turner was third.
Prior Lake, which finished with 822.5 points, was dominant in the middle- and long-distance running events. Taylor Scholl won the 1,600-meter run and was followed by Samantha Anderson (third) and Macy Violett (fifth). Scholl also won the 3,200.
Madison Lesmeister (second), Leah Amundson (sixth) and Sabrina Hille (seventh) paced the 400-meter run.
Lakeville North was sixth in the meet. Belle Plaine finished seventh in Class 2A. Rosemount finished third in the Class 3A boys' competition.
Spartans shine in adapted bowling
Simley was well-represented at last weekend's CI and PI adapted bowling state tournament at Brunswick Zone in Eden Prairie.
Among the highlights was freshman Kayla Wamstad, who finished in second place in the girls' Physically Impaired singles division with a two-game total of 429. Junior Abby Cochran finished in eighth with a 385 total.
In girls' Cognitively Impaired division, freshman Boffa Kennedy finished in third with 425 total pins while senior Carrie Mass was tied for sixth with a 414 score.
In boys' PI, freshman Mazin Hassabelrasoul was seventh with 417 and freshman Paul Stokke 10th with 405.
Staff reporter David La Vaque contributed to this notebook.