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Runners gear up for NWOSSAA

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The Muskie cross-country team had its final tune-up last Wednesday in preparation for the NWOSSAA final—and the results were quite promising.

The weather didn’t co-operate, as the runners had to deal with a cold wind and rain, but the team had strong showings across the board.

“The athletes ran a hilly trail route, with difficult terrain, especially on their ankles,” co-coach Natasha Shack noted.

The lone junior boy representative, Brett Jewell, finished sixth in his race, which covered a 5.4-km trail.

In the senior girls’ bracket, Deana Saunders and Annika McTavish placed third and fourth, respectively.

Jake McTavish, the senior boys’ rep, finished third, with Shack noting he had to dig deep for a close finish at the conclusion of the 6.8-km race.

Shack added she and co-coach John Dutton both were more than happy with their athletes’ performances.

“The five weeks of training is paying off for the athletes,” Shack wrote in an e-mail to the Times. “We enjoy seeing their successes.”

The cross-country team is in Thunder Bay today to compete at the NWOSSAA championship at the Kamview Nordic Centre.

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