It was another excellent outing for the Muskie track-and-field team at a dual meet in Dryden last Thursday.
The black-and-gold were able to rack up a plethora of medals and gain some valuable experience before the season heads into the NWOSSAA championships.
“Our dual meet with Dryden on Thursday went quite well, however, it was not the level of competition that we had been hoping for,” said Muskie coach John Dutton.
“The Dryden coach is new—standing in for the regular coach who has just gone off on maternity leave. As a result, things were not quite as organized as we have come to expect in Dryden,” he explained.
“It felt a little bit more like a time trial than a meet, but it was still a good opportunity for our athletes.”
Carson Noga had perhaps the most impressive showing for the Muskies in Dryden, claiming gold in both the boys' 100m dash (11.06) and 400m race (57.76).
It also was a podium sweep for the black-and-gold in the 100m dash, with Ryan Stewart nabbing silver (11.66) and Caelin Mayhew taking bronze (11.76).
Other Muskie finishers included Jesse Marschalk in sixth (12.95), Andre Hendrikx in ninth (13.53), and Nathan Spuzak winding up 10th (17.09).
Mayhew nabbed silver in the 400m race (1:04.77) while Stewart was third (1:05.28) and Marschalk placed fourth (1:09.72).
Trent Wilsom, who was representing Donald Young School, snared gold in the 1500m race (5:12) while also taking home bronze in the 800m race (2:30.76).
Other Muskie finishers in the 800m race included James Furlong in fourth (2:32.70), Ben Olson in fifth (2:37.50), Matthew Watts in sixth (2:44.64), and Braydon Christiansen in seventh (3:01.02).
Sean Huziak nabbed a pair of golds in the boys' shot put event (11.11m) and long jump (5.00m).
Furlong snared silver in long jump (4.73m), Stewart took home bronze (4.57m), while Christiansen wound up seventh (3.99m).
“I think the stand-out performances came in the distance running events and the throwing events,” Dutton remarked.
"On the running side, athletes are starting to find their pace and we a getting a better idea of which events best suit individuals—800m and 1500m results were very strong.
“Throwers really stared to hit their stride in Dryden, with PRs from nearly every athlete,” he lauded.
In girls' action, Cassie Krawchuk had the top Muskie finish in the 100m dash in nabbing silver with a time of 13.95.
She was followed by Ayiana Gagne in third (14.88), Joyce Wu in fifth (15.49) and Parker Boyd in seventh (15.88).
Krawchuk also wound up second in the 400m race (1:11.64), with Ayiana Gagne (1:17.39) and Kenna Spuzak (1:21.06) right behind.
It was a Muskie sweep in the 800m race, with Ayiana Gagne nabbing gold (2:45.08), Alexis Gate—who was representing Nestor Falls School—claiming silver (2:46.09), and Anna Gagne taking bronze (3:02.39).
Spuzak finished just shy of the podium in fourth spot (3:03.25).
In the girls' shot put event, meanwhile, Emma Bone was tops among the Muskies as she finished fourth with a throw of 7.05m.
That was followed by Emma Toriseva in fifth (6.77m) and Julia Guertin in seventh (5.75m).
“Athletes were generally pleased with [their] results,” noted Dutton.
"It was a really cold and windy day, so a challenge to be out on an open field for four hours. But Fort High was well represented in every discipline, and it was great to get an opportunity to record some times and distances in events that many had not tried in competition before.
“The cold wet conditions added to the challenge of the day, but athletes still performed very well,” he stressed.
“Dryden has a great track—but it is only four lanes—so in a lot of cases heats were made up of all Fort High athletes. Although it wasn't the level of competition we had anticipated, it was still a valuable experience,” he enthused.
The Muskies are slated to resume action tomorrow at a varsity meet in Baudette, Mn.
Dutton noted that his athletes would be continuing on with their training as usual and that they would be working on technique and pacing.
“And trying to decide where best to place our athletes as we quickly approach NWOSSAA [on] May 28-29 in Thunder Bay,” he added.
“I expect as we head in to Thursday that we will continue to see athletes improve on results as we get more and more time outside working on event specific skills and training.”
Results of the boys' and girls' 200m, 1500m, and 3000m races as well as discus and javelin events were unconfirmed as of press time.
The Muskies will head back to Dryden next Thursday (May 23) for a junior high/varsity meet, with the NWOSSAA championships to follow on May 28-29 in Thunder Bay.
OFSAA then is slated for June 6-8 at Guelph University.