Burnsville teams both 13th at state cross country
Burnsville’s Faysal Mahmoud and Vivian Hett earned All-State recognition at the Class AA cross country meet for the second consecutive year.
Mahmoud, a junior, placed ninth in the 5,000-meter boys meet in 15 minutes, 47.7 seconds Saturday at St. Olaf College. He was one spot higher than his state finish in 2012.
Hett was 15th in the 4,000-meter girls race in 14:37.2, also improving by one place over last year. The Burnsville senior, who won the South Suburban Conference championship now will concentrate on Nordic skiing, where she took second in the state meet in February.
Burnsville sent its boys and girls teams to state and each finished 13th. Burnsville’s boys had the same number of points (280) as 12th-place Red Wing but dropped to 13th after the tiebreaker was applied.
The Blaze teams qualified by finishing second in the Section 3AA meet Oct. 24.
Senior Ali Ahmed, who won the South Suburban Conference boys championship in October, was 51st at state in 16:29.8. Also running for Burnsville’s boys at state were senior Mitch Brown (123rd, 17:18.0), ninth-grader Nathan Blichfeldt (145th, 17:35.9), sophomore Dillon Wong (159th, 17:52.3), junior Sam Porter (161st, 17:56.4) and senior Tyler Schonewill (162nd, 17:58.2).
Eighth-grader Kelly Koch was 44th in the girls race in 15:07.4. Also completing the race for Burnsville were ninth-grader Krista Holmstrom (129th, 16:02.5), sophomore Johanna Weber (148th, 16:24.9), eighth-grader Mari Bellina (149th, 16:27.8) and senior Katie Dennis (172nd, 17:53.2).
Wayzata swept the boys and girls Class AA team championships. Section 3AA boys champion Obsa Ali of Richfield also won the state title. Bethany Hasz of Alexandria was the girls medalist.