Zoie Dundon and Zachary Friedmann ended their careers with the Burnsville cross country team on the state trails Nov. 6.

Dundon was making her third-career appearance for the Blaze girls, while Friedmann was making his first for the Burnsville boys.

Dundon didn’t have quite the finish many expected she’d have. She ended up 39th out of 160 runners, finishing the 5,000-meter course at St. Olaf College in Northfield with a time of 19:14.79.

Dundon was ranked No. 7 in the state in the final Class 3A individual poll before state. Her state time was about a minute slower than her Section 3AAA time of 18:28.0.

She was runner-up in the Section 3AAAA race Oct. 28 at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley to make the state field. The top two teams from the eight sections across the state make the state field, along with the top six individuals not on the advancing squads.

Last fall, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the entire running season, and there was no official state competition by the Minnesota State High School League. There was an unofficial state race put on by the Twin Cities Running Club.

The Cross Country Showcase was held at Island Pine Golf Club in Atwater, where Dundon finished 69th overall. As a sophomore in 2019, Dundon ran in her first-ever state race, where she finished 69th in what was the last two-class state competition.

This fall was the first season of the three-class format for cross country.

Senior Ali Weimer of St. Michael-Albertville had the winning time in the girls’ Class 3A competition (17:42.81). Edina won the team title with Wayzata and Prior Lake taking second and third, respectively.

On the boys side, Friedmann finished 53rd overall with a time of 16:41.64. Junior Nick Gilles of Minnetonka won the boys race (15:22.81).

Wayzata won the team title, followed by Minneapolis Southwest and Mounds View.

Friedmann’s state time was a little slower than his seventh-place time of 16:18.0 in the Section 3AAA race.

Tom Schardin covers sports for Savage and Prior Lake. He is dependable, sarcastic and always joking around. Tom enjoys running and swimming and is often busy coaching his two kids' sports teams.

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