The Muskie cross-country team is having a banner season so far.
The 22-member roster travelled to Dryden on Friday to compete in the 10th-annual Turkey Trot Races.
The Grade 7/8 girls continued to lead the way–having decimated the competition in their three previous meets.
Fresh off gold and silver performances in Kenora last week, Alexia Gate (13:25) and Emma Toriseva (13:35) led the girls’ contingent to another team victory over the three-km distance, finishing with silver and bronze, respectively.
Chloe Dolyny took ninth place (14:52) while Kianna Antonick finished 10th (15:17).
On the Grade 7/8 boys’ side, Caden McGinnes finished in 12th place (14:00), followed by Nolan Antonick in 18th (15:12), Ty Wayash in 25th (16:19), and Joel Calder in 29th (16:40).
The Grade 9-12 runners took part in an open five-km race, which saw the Muskie Midget, junior, and senior girls combine their talents only to settle for silver for the first time this season, bowing to the host Dryden Eagles.
Although shut out from individual medals (also for the first time this season), Muskie athletes still managed to put in an number of stellar performances, led by Ashlyn Beck in fourth place (21:29).
Jaida Norris wound up in fifth (21:59), followed by Grace Kowal in seventh (22:29) and Tori Toriseva in 10th (23:03).
Also garnering personal best times were Kamryn Sandelovich in 12th (23:55), Star Martin in 14th (26:32), Tory Beaudry in 15th (28:00), Alacea Yerxa in 19th (29:14), and Shaelyn Tuesday in 20th (30:09).
An injured Greta Fedoruk will return to the roster for the team’s final two races of the season.
The boys, meanwhile, continued to make their mark–posting personal best times at every race so far this season.
Romeo Deafy ran for seventh position in Dryden on Friday (21:42) while Ben Olsen claimed 10th (22:22).
Stephen Dueck fell just out of the top 10, earning a 12th-place finish (23:59).
“The team is finding their stride just at the right time, and they are in a position to do something exceptional at the NWOSSAA championships in Thunder Bay on Oct. 18,” coach John Dutton said.
The Muskies’ also competed yesterday (Oct. 10) in International Falls, with their results not available by press time.