Best showing yet for Muskie track

Lucas Punkari

After a year’s absence, the Muskie track-and-field team returned to the NWOSSAA championships last week in Thunder Bay and made an impact.
While no one on the 14-person squad qualified for the all-Ontarios in June, Fort High garnered 84 points to come away with a 10th-place finish in the overall standings out of the 14 schools that took part—the highest point total the program has ever received.
“Basically, if you place anywhere in the top eight in your event, you get to come away with points that go towards your team’s overall showing,” explained Muskie coach Kendall Richardson.
“We weren’t able to attend last year as they were doing resurfacing on the track in Thunder Bay, so it was nice to come back and set a new [school] record and to see the team perform fantastic as a group,” she said.
“Plus, we also had a coach from Lakehead University that came and talked to a couple of our athletes to see if they would like to be a part of their team next year, so it was nice to see them being scouted,” Richardson added.
The following Muskies finished in the top eight in their respective events:
Midget girls
•200m—Cassandra Moffitt, seventh (31.2);
•800m—Jennifer Hammond, third (2:50.1);
•High Jump—Jennifer Hammond, fifth (1.20m);
•Long Jump—Jennifer Hammond, seventh (3.52m);
•Triple Jump—Cassandra Moffitt, second (9.20m); and
•Shot Put—Kayla Stang, eighth (5.80m)
Junior girls
•High Jump—Victoria Hammond, fifth (1.15m); and
•Shot Put—Victoria Hammond, seventh (5.72m)
Senior girls
•100m—Jillian Bobczynski, eighth (14.3);
•800m—Mary Strain, third (2:41.7) and Adriane Gurski, sixth (2:48.4);
•1500m—Mary Strain, fourth (5:30.6) and Adriane Gurski, sixth (5:55.3);
3000m—Chloe Hudson, seventh (17:59.2);
•Long Jump—Jillian Bobczynski, fourth (4.13m);
•Triple Jump—Jillian Bobczynski, third (8.60m) and Jillian Gustafson, seventh (5.77m); and
•4x100m Relay—Chloe Hudson, Mary Strain, Adriane Gurski, and Jillian Bobczynski, sixth (1:03.6)
Junior boys
•100m—Chandler Cousineau, seventh (13.8);
•200m—Mason Whatley, eighth (28.5);
•800m—Chandler Cousineau, eighth (2:31.9);
•1500m—Chandler Cousineau, fifth (5:14.9); and
•High Jump—Braeden Caul, sixth (1.41m)
Senior boys
•400m—Dexter Fichuk, fourth (1:01.9);
•800m—Thomas LePine, seventh (2:56.7); and
•Triple Jump—Dexter Fichuk, seventh (9.70m)
While it’s another 12 months until the next NWOSSAA meet, the Muskie coaches already are thinking about how to make sure their athletes are in tip-top shape.
“Next year with the runners, we will have to keep concentrating and working on the miles and overall pacing,” noted Richardson.
“And working with the field competitors to make sure they are ready for their events, although that is always a challenge with the winter weather sometimes,” she conceded.
“But we told everyone that they should start working out and doing their running over the summer to get ready,” she stressed.