Muskie runners shine


The Muskie cross-country team blew away their NorWOSSA counterparts in the second meet of the season at the Evergreen Classic in Kenora on Thursday.
Each Muskie runner posted a season-best pace time in their various races and the squad achieved multiple top-three finishes.
The black-and-gold competed against the host Broncos, St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora), Dryden Eagles, Red Lake Rams, and Sioux Lookout Warriors.
The junior girls’ squad, who ran to a first-place finish in Thunder Bay the previous week, actually competed in the senior girls’ 5.4-km race in Kenora.
Greta Fedoruk topped the Muskies with a first-place showing, clocking in with a time of 24:47.
She was followed by Jaida Norris (24:54) and Tori Toriseva (25:19) for a podium sweep.
Grace Kowal wound up in ninth place (29:30) while Alacea Yerxa was 11th (40:25).
Alexia Gate topped the Grade 7/8 girls’ 2K race with a time of 8:07.
She was followed by Maddy Bliss in third (8:51), Kiera Fairnington in ninth (9:30), and Monica Ruppenstein in 10th (9:36), with Parker Boyd winding up in 17th spot (12:11).
Other Muskie standouts included James Furlong, who claimed gold in the junior boys’ 5.4-km race (21:50).
Caden McInnes had the best showing for Fort High in the Grade 7/8 boy’s 2K, finishing fifth with a time of 8:24.
He was followed by Thre Windigo (8:31) while Jackson Marchant was 11th (9:25) and Joel Calder was 17th (12:28).
Leah Seguin ran to a silver finish in the junior girls’ 3.6-km race (15:45) even though she is only in Grade 8.
Emma Toriseva was fourth (15:54), followed by Montana Plasky in fifth (16:25) and Lillian McKenzie in 10th (21:27).
Ben Olson topped the Muskies in the senior boys’ 7.2-km by placing seventh (34:28).
Romeo Deafy finished in 10th (41:26).
The Muskies next are in action this Thursday when they head to Dryden for the annual “Turkey Trot” meet.