It had to rank up there with two of the best days in the history of the Muskie track-and-field program.
The Fort High contingent won 13 medals, while finishing sixth out of 15 schools with a total of 191 points, at the NWOSSAA championships that wrapped up yesterday in Thunder Bay.
The Midget group led the way, claiming second overall with 131 points behind only the Hammarskjold Vikings from Thunder Bay (193).
Hammarskjold also easily won the overall team title with 750.50 points, well ahead of the second-place Dryden Eagles (335).
At least four Muskies also nabbed berths at the OFSAA championships coming up June 1-3 in Belleville.
Sean Huziak was the black-and-gold’s lone double gold-medalist with wins in the Midget boys’ discus (37.29m) and javelin (34.55m)–the latter an event he only began practising for two weeks ago.
Huziak nipped teammate Aaron Scheibler (36.75m) in the discus, with Scheibler capturing the shot put (12.17m) while Huziak was fifth (10.02m).
Scheibler’s discus mark may be good enough to qualify him for OFSAA in that event, as the best silver-medal performance from among NWOSSAA and the two other regional conferences in Northern Ontario also are eligible to advance.
The decision on those qualifiers should be made sometime tomorrow.
Grace Petsnick was the other golden Muskie in Thunder Bay, leading a Fort High podium sweep in the Midget girls’ high jump by clearing 1.41m.
Kamryn Sandelovich took the silver (1.33m) to give herself a shot at qualifying for OFSAA while Katrina Slomke claimed bronze (1.30m).
Jill Calder placed sixth in the Midget girls’ shot put with a measurement of 7.17m.
But with the top five finishers ahead of her (all from Thunder Bay schools) having already declined their all-Ontario spots due to various circumstances, Calder was next in line to receive the automatic berth in Belleville.
Other Muskies who snatched silver medals to put themselves in OFSAA contention include 2015 provincial Midget boys’ discus champ Sekina Scheibler, who is likely to join his younger brother after his throw of 39.64m put him behind only Michael Ryan of the Dryden Eagles (42.78m).
Ellie Petsnick, meanwhile, soared 1.51m to also nab silver in the senior girls’ high jump behind Lauren Perrier of the St. Patrick Saints from Thunder Bay (1.61m).
Muskie Jessica Empey was second in the junior girls’ triple jump (8.75m) behind Jo-Jo Ertl of St. Patrick (9.83m).
Carson Noga took the runner-up spot in the Midget boys’ 400m (57.64), as he pushed winner Michael Goegan of Hammarskjold (56.81) right to the finish.
Noga also earned bronze in the 100m (12.67).
Tori Toriseva captured the Muskies’ other bronze in the Midget girls’ 1,500m (5:51.40).