The golf cart came over the hill down the final stretch—bringing with it a black-and-gold cavalry charge through the pouring rain.
It was pretty much nothing but Muskies atop of the leaderboard in the girls’ 3.2-km run at the Hial Pike Invitational on Tuesday afternoon at the Falls Country Club, leading to Fort High coasting to the team title in that division.
Ashlyn Beck topped the waterlogged 33-runner field with a time of 13:44.46, beating teammate and runner-up Greta Fedoruk (14:07.93) by more than 23 seconds.
Kylee Schaefer of the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks broke up the Muskie party by taking third (14:25.06) but Tori Toriseva (14:32.29), Jaida Norris (14;50.39), and Kianna Antonick (15:04.97) were right behind in fourth, fifth, and sixth.
That quintet of Muskies gave Fort High 18 points (calculated by adding their placings together), with Grand Rapids well back in second with 41.
Grace Kowal made it six Muskie runners in the top 10 with a 10th-place showing (15:18.81).
Other Muskie finishers included Emma Toriseva in 23rd (16:45.70), Aurora Hutton in 25th (17:21.25), and Emily Harp in 31st (23:43.95).
In the boys’ 3.2-km event, Muskie Liam George captured third place (12:17.63) out of 61 finishers behind the Ely Timberwolves’ duo of Emmett Faltesek (11:56.34) and Dylan Fenske (12;07.03).
Fellow Muskie Romeo Deafy was 28th (14:27.57) while teammate Ben Olsen came 31st (14:31.59).
Donald Young School students Trent Wilson, who wound up 18th (13:51.72), and Klyde LaPlante, in 37th (14:50.69), also competed representing the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program Knights.
The Muskie senior girls’ had a less enjoyable day slogging through the muck and mire, finishing last out of 12 eligible schools in the team competition with 299 points.
The Hibbing Blue Jackets topped the division with 67.
Gabi Peters was the best of the Fort High contingent, finishing well back in 45th place (24:21.91).
Fellow Muskie Kennedi Handberg was 56th (25:11.35), followed by Tory Beaudry in 62nd (25:49.31), Jessica Steele in 80th (26:56.35), and Shaelyn Tuesday in 101st (34:19.39).
Veteran Syd Beck, who won the season-opening race in Kenora and then was 18th her last time out in Dryden, was absent from Tuesday’s meet.
The high school-aged Muskies now will gear up for the NWOSSAA championships this Wednesday (Oct. 19) in Thunder Bay, with hopes of qualifying for OFSAA on Nov. 5 in Port Hope.