The black-and-gold were trekking for gold today at the NWOSSAA championships in Thunder Bay.
The Muskie cross-country team was impressive yet again at the final meet of their regular season last Tuesday—the Hial Pike in International Falls, where they ran to some more excellent finishes.
Fort High's focus now lies squarely on NWOSSAA, with the chance to advance to the all-Ontarios on Nov. 3 in Burlington if its runners placed well enough today (results weren't known as of press time).
“I am expecting that the team will run well in spite of a few injuries that have plagued us in recent weeks,” Muskie head coach John Dutton noted last week.
“The runners looked really ready as we started our pre-race taper today [Thursday],” he added.
“We have a number of individuals, along with the junior girls' team, who have a good shot a qualifying for OFSAA,” Dutton said.
"They have put the work in this season, and are ready to run fast in Thunder Bay.
“Win or lose, they will leave it all out on the trails next Wednesday [Oct. 17],” he predicted.
“This is a great group of kids and it has been a pleasure coaching them this season.”
The Muskies' 24-runner contingent once again showed excellent running skills at last week's Hial Pike in the Falls.
Leah Seguin, running as part of Donald Young School in Emo, was the top performer of the day in claiming first place in the junior girls' 3.2-km race with a time of 14:14.
She was followed by Alexia Gate (14:30), running as part of Nestor Falls School, Emma Toriseva (14:42), Chloe Dolyny (14:42.5), and Peyton Dolyny (15:15), who was running as part of J.W. Walker School.
Maddy Bliss wound up in 17th spot (16:43), Monica Ruppenstein was 21st (17:45), Parker Boyd was 24th (18:12), and Lillie McKenzie was 32nd (20:33).
Greta Fedoruk was the top Muskie in the varsity girls' five-km race, winding up in ninth (21:32).
She was followed by Ashlyn Beck in 24th (22:38), Jaida Norris in 31st (23:27), Tori Toriseva in 34th (23:41), Montana Plasky in 50th (24:33), Grace Kowal in 61st (25:43), and Alacea Yerxa in 66th (25:55).
“The Muskie runners had another strong outing in International Falls yesterday [Oct. 9] at the Hial Pike,” Dutton lauded.