The Burnsville boys cross country team took a disappointing second behind Stillwater at the Class AA state championship at St. Olaf College in Northfield last Saturday.
Stillwater took first with a total of 92 team points, followed by Burnsville with 115, and Edina with 129, the Burnsville Patch reported.
"To be honest, we thought we could win," Burnsville coach Jeff Webber said. "That was our expectation. And we were close."
Sun Newspapers reported there were several ways the Blaze could have made up the 23-point difference separating them from first-- the easiest might have been for its No. 5 runner to finish 32 seconds faster, which would have been a 24-place improvement.
According to the Burnsville Patch, Blaze senior Cole O'Brien supplied the team's best performance, finishing fifth with a 15:46.3 time in the 5-kilometer race.
"I think we can still train harder and run better," O'Brien said.