The Burnsville girls track team earned some valuable experience at the Class AA state meet.

The Blaze had four individuals and one relay competing June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul with two underclassmen making the medal stand (top nine). Junior Hannah Buchanan and ninth-grader Zoie Dundon were both seventh in their respective events, the high jump and the 800 meters.

Burnsville ended up tied for 38th in the team standings with six points. Rosemount won the crown (71.5), while Alexandria was second (70) and Edina ended up third (60).

Buchanan and Dundon were both making their first state appearance, as were sophomores Arielle Edwards and seniors Paige Kuplic and Olivia Rippentrop. Sophomore Sophie Nilsson was making her third appearance.

Nilsson finished 10th in the long jump with a leap of 16-07. She was sixth in the triple jump last year and 15th in the long jump. As an eighth-grader, she was eighth in the triple jump.

Dundon was seeded No. 2 in the 800 and made the finals (top nine) taking sixth in the prelims with a time of 2:16.14. She ran faster in the finals, but ended up seventh (2:15.88).

In the high jump, Buchanan jumped 5-4 to finish seventh, which was an inch better than her runner-up mark at the Section 3AA meet.

In the 100, Edwards was in a tough field, finishing 24th with a time of 13.13.

Buchanan, Kuplic, Rippentrop and Dundon made up the Blaze's 4x400 relay team that also competed. The foursome ended up 16th with a time of 4:08.43).

Meanwhile, champion Rosemount was the only South Suburban Conference school in the top 10 in the team standings.

Other finishes from the SSC: Prior Lake (11th, 26 points), Farmington (12th, 24), Lakeville North (T23rd, 13) and Eagan (T25th, 12).

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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