In what will come as a shock to few, the Muskie cross-country team dazzled at the NWOSSAA championships yesterday on the Kamview Ski Trails in Thunder Bay.
The black-and-gold saw eight of their 13 runners qualify for the all-Ontarios, slated for Nov. 3 in Burlington.
Fort High finished fourth overall out of the 13 schools that competed at NWOSSAA this year.
For the second-straight year, the Muskie junior girls’ contingent ran to a first-place finish as a team and thus all qualified for OFSAA.
Individually, they were led by Greta Fedoruk, who nabbed NWOSSAA gold with a time of 24:03.
Anna Stewart of the Hammarskjold Vikings (Thunder Bay) claimed silver (24:34) while Muskie Ashlyn Beck earned bronze (24:45)
Beck was followed by Jaida Norris in fifth (25:57) and Grace Kowal in seventh (27:28).
In the Midget girls’ race, Emma Toriseva and Montana Plasky both qualified for OFSAA.
Toriseva placed fifth (19:27) while Plasky wound up in eighth place (19:58).
Lillie McKenzie was the other Muskie representative in the race but she failed to qualify by finishing in 27th spot (25:53).
Tori Toriseva was the lone Muskie to qualify in the senior girls’ division, placing fifth in her race yesterday (31:54).
Alacea Yerxa was the other Muskie in that race, winding up 13th (35:55).
James Furlong was the lone Muskie in the junior boys’ race, where he ran to a fourth-place showing (22:00) to qualify for OFSAA.
None of the Muskies in the senior boys’ race were able to qualify, though, with Stephan Dueck being the top Fort High runner in finishing 30th (31:25).
He was followed by Ben Olson in 33rd (31:58) and Romeo Deafy in 35th (32:38).
Muskie head coach John Dutton noted all 13 runners improved on the times they had set at the SSSAA Time Trials on the same course last month.