Muskie pair qualify for OFSAA


Josh Strain and Garnet Paxson are the regional kings of their respective field events.
The two Muskie athletes topped all comers at the two-day NWOSSAA championships that wrapped up yesterday in Thunder Bay.
Strain finished first in the senior boys’ high jump and complemented that with a silver medal in the long jump, setting a personal best with a jump of 6.03 metres.
Paxson, meanwhile, finished first in senior boys’ shot put with a throw of more than 12 metres.
Those performances earned both a ticket to the all-Ontarios on June 3-5 in London.
As a team, Fort High finished 10th out of 15 schools, with its 64 total points roughly doubling their team total from last year.
Some other Muskies also put up some solid performances in Thunder Bay although they didn’t qualify for OFSAA.
Mary Strain earned bronze in the junior girls’ 1500m race while Hailey Clendenning finished sixth in the Midget girls’ 1500m and seventh in the Midget girls’ 800m.
The black-and-gold’s inaugural senior boys’ 4x100m team of Jake Smith, Josh Strain, Britton Green, and Jesse Ranville finished fifth.
Smith and Ranville, meanwhile, qualified for the finals of their respective races (Smith in the 100m and Ranville in the 200m).
In terms of field events, Will Anderson placed fourth in the Midget boys’ shot put event.