The Mille Lacs Raiders cross-country team, made up of nine Onamia and Isle High athletes, finished their 2019 campaign with five girls running in the Section 5A meet staged at Mora Golf Course on Oct. 22.
Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted and Providence Academy advanced to the state meet along with eight individuals, including three runners from the Great River Conference.
The Raiders best individual runner that day was Onamia sophomore Molly Saboo who finished 38th among the 144 female runners in the event.
For the season, Saboo was named the team’s MVP with credentials that included team captain, three-time GRC All-Conference, four-time letter winner, team record holder for all 5K courses run, a fastest time of 21:11, 10 top 25 finishes this season, and seven top 10 finishes this season.
Isle seventh-grader, Arielle Pendegayosh, was named team MIP (most improved).
Earning the team’s “Sisterhood of Pain Awards” for running in every event this season were Saboo, Hailey Remer, Arielle Pendegayosh and Antavia Pendegayosh.
Eight girls lettered this fall, including Remer, Saboo, Nevaeh Merrill, Lauren Smart, Vanessa Smith, Arielle Pendegayosh, Isabella Cerrillo, and Rhianna Smith.
The fastest 5K times turned in this season by each Raider runner were:
21:11, Molly Saboo; 24:06, Arielle Pendegayosh; 24:08, Nevaeh Merrill; 26:41, Rhianna Smith; 26:53, Isabella Cerrillo; 27:41, Hailey Remer; 29:52, Lauren Smart; and 32:01, Vanessa Smith.
Looking back on the season, Raiders coach Jeff Walz said he was happy that so many of the girls who started the season stayed out for the sport throughout the fall.Walz added, “I think we have the nucleus of a good team. We have a nice mixture of upper and lower-class students who can achieve good things in the seasons to come.”