The sky seems to be the limit for the Muskie track-and-field team—but only if there’s no low cloud cover.
Head coach Ilka Milne was glowing with pride after her squad set a new school record for total points with 245.25 to finish second overall at the 2015 Northwest Invitational in Dryden over the weekend.
“Our entire senior team is putting in outstanding efforts this year toward personal bests and team-building, and the Midgets and juniors are flourishing, which is good news for next year’s team,” she lauded.
“We scored our most points ever, in spite of leaving quite a few members behind as they were participating in the musical ‘Grease’ this weekend,” Milne added.
Fort High just nosed out third-place Lakehead Running (244) and trailed only the host Dryden Eagles, who ran away with the team title with 452 points.
The Muskies were second in the female team standings with 177.75 points behind Dryden (193.50) while the boys came fifth with 67.50, just behind Open Roads Elementary of Dryden (68).
Meagan Argue and team captain Jenny Hammond paced the black-and-gold with three individual medals apiece.
Argue won gold in the girls’ 14-plus 300m hurdles (1:02) while grabbing silver in the 100m hurdles (19.89) and bronze in the 200m (29.90) behind Hammond’s winning time of 28.73.
Her brother, Mitch, took gold in the boys’ 14-plus 300m hurdles (44.01).
“Our team is steadily improving in hurdles events,” noted Milne.
“Meagan and Mitch Argue, who moved here this year, have brought their experience in this event from their previous school and have been mentoring the team,” she added.
Hammond, meanwhile, tied teammates Bailey Jones and Jyllian Westover, along with Winnipeg’s Yael Blumenov, for third in the high jump (1.25m) while also nabbing a bronze in the 400m (1:07.95).
Kenna Robertson continued her outstanding campaign with two more medals—and just missed a third.
She was uncatchable in winning the girls’ 14-plus 100m hurdles (19.83) and was third in the triple jump (8.59m) while settling for fourth in the 200m (30.12).
Westover was a double-medalist, also taking bronze in the 100m hurdles (21.23).
The Muskie girls’ relay teams were dominant in Dryden—sweeping the 4x100m (57.31), 4x400m (4:37.83), 800m spring medley (2:09.04), and 4x1600m (5:04.70).
A Fort ‘B’ team also won silver in the 4x100m (59.02).
“The girls’ 4x400m relay won a very exciting race against Dryden,” said Milne, noting the Muskies held on to edge the Eagles by .54 seconds.
“These two will very likely be running against each other for an OFSAA berth at NWOSSAA in two weeks,” she added.
Ashtyn Dokuchie narrowly lost out on two medals—finishing fourth in both the girls’ 14-plus 100m hurdles (22.30) and long jump (4.05m).
Missy Hammond earned fifth in the girls’ 14-plus shot put (7.01m).
Sixth-place finishes went to Savannah Sinclair in the girls’ 14-plus discus throw (19.72m) and Nadia Webb in the girls’ 14-plus javelin throw (23.35m).
Taylor Steinke wound up seventh in the girls’ 14-plus discus (18.24m) while Madison Morrison was 14th in the girls’ 14-plus long jump (3.42m).
Taly Jernberg also was 14th in the girls’ 14-plus 100m (16.73).
As for the Muskie boys, Sekina Scheibler’s rookie dream season stayed exactly that as the Grade 9 athlete collected gold in the boys’ 14-plus discus throw (31.93m) and silver in the shot put (11.30m).
He also had fourth-place finishes in the 200m (25.98) and high jump (1.40m).
The Muskie boys’ 800m sprint medley team took bronze (2:06.22).
Colton Brown came in fifth in the boys’ 14-plus 110m hurdles (25.53).
Kenton Bowles was sixth in the boys’ 14-plus long jump (4.66m), as was Hunter Calvert in the boys’ 14-plus shot put (7.00m).
Conal Jarvis came through for eighth in the boys’ 14-plus javelin throw (9.35m) while Logan Ballard was ninth in the boys’ 14-plus 1,500m (6:16.78).
The Muskies were supposed to make yet another trip up Highway 502 to Dryden yesterday for the Harry McMaster Classic.
But miserable weather led to the event being moved to tomorrow.
The NWOSSAA championships then will take place May 26-27 in Thunder Bay.
“This will be a well-rounded team we take to NWOSSAA,” said Milne.
“We have athletes who have strong chances to place in top three in jumping, throwing, short-distance, and long-distance events, and the potential also in relays,” she noted.