The Mille Lacs Raiders girls track team competed in two meets last week: the Great River Conference meet and the GRC Relays.
GRC at Braham
The eight girls teams in Great River Conference met on May 14 at Braham for the annual GRC track and field meet.
Although the rather young Mille Lacs Raiders had little chance of winning the event as a team, individual athletes were vying for All-Conference honors by winning their events and All-Conference Honorable Mention for finishing second.
Winning All-Conference for the Raiders was Onamia 9th-grader Aiyanna Mitchell, who won both the pole vault, setting a personal best by jumping 8’2”, and the 300m hurdles, again setting a personal best time.
All-Conference Honorable Mention went to the 4x800 relay team of Mitchell, Molly Saboo, Lily Orazem and Nevaeh Merrill.
Onamia sophomore, MaKayla Balder made the finals in the shot-put and discus, and finished third in both.
Eighth-grader Svea Carlson finished third in the pole vault. Sophomore Kailee Barnett was fourth in the long jump.
The Raiders finished fourth place in the GRC as a team, a distant 139.5 back of first-place Pine City.
The annual GRC relay meet, staged this season on May 16 at East Central, has been won more times than any other by the Mille Lacs Raiders over the years.
The Raiders finished second among the seven GRC teams who competed this year, finishing 21 points behind the winning Rush City team.
The Raiders were able to fill every event and placed in the top three in all but five events.
Mille Lacs won the 4-mile relay, long jump, pole vault and high jump events.
Following the meet, Mille Lacs coach Jeff Walz said, “Our field events were amazing. We finished first or second in all of them.”
Top scorers in this meet were Kailee Barnett, Lily Orazem and Kami Smith, each with 20 points, followed by 19 from Aiyanna Mitchell, 15 each from Katie Rocholl, Svea Carlson and Roxann Emerson, and 14 by Isabel Chavez.
The Raiders were gearing up to compete in the sub-sections on Wednesday, May 22 at Princeton.
Individuals who qualify for sections will compete at St. John’s University.