Muskies runners eager for OFSAA
Set to make the trek to Brampton this afternoon with Muskie teammate Hailey Beaudry for Saturday’s all-Ontario cross-country running championships, it was hard to get the smile off Sydney Radigan’s face during a practice session here Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m really excited about it,” enthused Radigan, who is in Grade 9 at Fort High.
Both became the first members of the Muskie cross-country program in a number of years to earn a trip to OFSAA, qualifying at the NWOSSAA showdown last Wednesday in Thunder Bay.
In her first-ever appearance at the regional championships, Radigan notched a runner-up finish in the Midget division with a time of 14:00.55.
“I really just wanted to get into the top 10, at least, but I really surprised myself by finishing second,” Radigan admitted.
“I was really excited going into the race, and I ended up kind of sprinting because I wanted to do so well.”
Beaudry, who is in Grade 10, punched her ticket to the provincials with a fifth-place finish in the Junior event last Wednesday with a time of 19:10.62.
“I just wanted to do as well as I did last year, and I was able to improve on an eighth-place finish,” she noted.
“Before the meet, I was just working on keeping my knees high and having a better lunge as my coaches have been working with me on that all year,” Beaudry added.
“And that was what made the difference.”
After working on a few things during practice and on their own time, both Radigan and Beaudry are ready to take on the challenge of facing some of the province’s best high school runners on Saturday.
“I just don’t want to come in last,” Beaudry joked.
“This will really give me a chance to see where I stand with runners from elsewhere, but the main thing I want to make sure of is that I do my best,” she added.
“It’s just a great opportunity,” echoed Radigan.
“Everyone’s already proud of what I’ve been able to do so far, which is a great feeling, and I just want do my personal best when I’m down there,” she remarked.