Muskie runners fare well in Dryden


The course in Dryden may have been more challenging but it didn’t appear to be too much of an obstacle for the Muskie cross-country team.
Once again, the 21-runner contingent fared well at the annual “Turkey Trot” meet held Thursday.
Greta Fedoruk ran to her second-straight first-place finish, claiming gold in the girls’ open (Grades 9-12) five-km race with a time of 21:28.
Ashlyn Beck (22:03) was just behind, with Tori Toriseva in fourth (22:33), followed by Montana Plasky (22:35) and Emma Toriseva (23:00).
Grace Kowal wound up ninth (25:25), followed by Alacea Yerxa in 10th (26:09), while Lillian McKenzie was 13th (29:59).
In the Grade 7/8 girls’ three-km race, Alexia Gate was tops (13:23) while competing for Nestor Falls School.
Leah Seguin, representing Donald Young School in Emo, nabbed second place (14:05).
The rest of the squad ran as part of the Muskie contingent, with Chloe Dolyny taking fourth (14:07), Madison Bliss in eighth (15:11), Kiera Fairnington in 10th (15:33), and Monica Ruppenstein winding up in 20th spot (17:04).
James Furlong, meanwhile nabbed bronze in the boys’ open (Grades 9-12) five-km race with a time of 19:54.
He was followed by Stephen Dueck in 13th (22:44), Ben Olson in 14th (22:49), and Romeo Deafy in 20th (23:28).
Caden McInnes was the top Muskie performer in the Grade 7/8 boys’ three-km race, winding up in eighth place (14:12).
Jackson Marchant finished in 25th (16:19) while Thre Windigo was 34th (18:51).
The Muskies next will be in action tomorrow when they head to International Falls for the annual Hial Pike race, which will be their final meet of the regular season.
The NWOSSAA championships then are slated for Oct. 17 in Thunder Bay, with OFSAA slated for Nov. 3 in Burlington.