Kyle Atkinson and Joseph Fee ended their careers on the state medal stand.

The two seniors scored points for the Burnsville boys track team at the Class AA competition June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul. Atkinson finished runner-up in the shot put for a second year in a row, while Fee was fifth in the high jump.

The Blaze finished 23rd in the team standings with 14.5 points. Hopkins won the crown with 78 points, while Rosemount was second (76) and Wayzata was third (68).

Atkinson, who will compete at the Division I level next year at the University of Minnesota, had a toss of 57-2 3/4 on his third row. Max Otterdahl of Rosemount threw 64-04 on his third attempt to win the competition for the second straight year.

Atkinson had three more chances to try to beat 64-04, but fouled on all three going for it.

Atkinson also competed in the discus for the second straight year, but fouled on all of his three attempts and did not place. 

Meanwhile, Fee was making his third straight state appearance in the high jump. He was 10th last year and 14th as a sophomore. Fee matched his height from winning the Section 3AA competition, hitting 6-4. 

Senior Michael Ambrose was also at state for the Blaze, competing in the 400. He did not make the finals (top nine), finishing 11th in the prelims with a time of 50.94. He was 0.43 shy of a finals berth.

Ambrose was making his first-ever state appearance.

At state, Rosemount was the highest finishing South Suburban Conference school. Prior Lake was also in the top 10 taking eighth with 26 points.

Other team finishes by SSC schools: Eastview (14th, 19 points), Shakopee (22nd, 15.5), Lakeville North (T38th, 7) and Lakeville South and Farmington (T48th, 4).

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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