Runners ready to make their mark at OFSAA

Jamie Mountain

The Muskie cross-country team was spectacular yet again at the NWOSSAA championships held last Wednesday at the Kamview Ski Trails in Thunder Bay.
Fort High qualified eight runners for the all-Ontarios, which are slated for Nov. 3 in Burlington, while all 13 Muskie runners improved on the times they had set at the SSSAA Time Trials on the same course last month.
Muskie head coach John Dutton has been thrilled with his team all season, and is expecting more great things at OFSAA.
“I am expecting some really great racing from our athletes at OFSAA,” he enthused.
“We know the level of competition we are up against,” he added. “Six of our eight qualifiers have been to provincials before.
“But no one is going to [Burlington] just happy to have made it to OFSAA,” Dutton stressed.
“All are planning to run season-best times and to show the competition that we run fast in Fort Frances.”
With a few weeks to work on their skills prior to OFSAA, Dutton said his runners would be sticking with the game plan they’ve had all season.
“Lots of hills, intervals, passing drills, and speed work,” he noted about what the team would be focusing on in practice.
“Over the next two weeks, it is important to maintain our training intensity while gradually reducing our weekly kilometres,” he added.
“And most importantly, we will try to stay injury-free.”
As for last week, the Muskies dazzled at NWOSSAA, where Fort High accumulated 105 total points to finish fourth overall out of the 14 schools that competed this year.
The Hammarskjold Vikings (Thunder Bay) nabbed gold (209 points), Superior C&VI took silver (146), and the St. Ignatius Falcons (Thunder Bay) wound up with bronze (125).