The turnout for yesterday’s season-opening NorWOSSA cross-country running meet was so sparse . . .
How sparse was it?
“It was like it was a Fort Frances High School practice,” quipped Muskie coach John Dutton, whose team was the beneficiary of the small number of entrants.
“I think it’s because at the beginning of the school year, with the work-to-rule campaign the teachers were going through, it was pretty uncertain there was going to be a season at all,” he reasoned.
“The biggest team in the area is [the Dryden Eagles] and they weren’t even there yesterday,” added Dutton.
“I don’t know if they went to a meet in the U.S. or Manitoba, or what happened.”
Just seven senior girls were at the starting line in Kenora, with six of them sporting the black-and-gold.
Jenny Hammond captured the 5.4-km race in a time of 23:55.
Lisle Compton of the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints was second (time unavailable) while Muskie Sydney Radigan came in third (28:59).
Muskie teammates Erin Tomalty (29:21), Gabi Peters (29:39), Tory Beaudry (31:58), and Kennedi Handberg (32:47) rounded out the field.
The turnout was even poorer in the junior girls’ division, with Muskie Sydney Beck winning the three-person race with a clocking of 18:06 over the 3.6-km course.
Saints’ teammates Rheanna Price and Hannah Read were second and third, respectively (times unavailable).
The biggest female category was the Grade 7-8 division, with Jaida Norris (Robert Moore) ending up fourth out of 16 runners in the two-km (8:47).
Grade 7 Muskie team member Greta Fedoruk (J.W. Walker) did not attend the race due to a previous commitment.
Dutton anticipates a much larger field for the Muskies’ next outing—the annual “Turkey Trot” on Oct. 8 in Dryden.