It’s been an exciting week for cross country runners in Muskoka.
On Saturday November 2, 19 high school runners and their supporters descended on Sudbury to compete at the provincial championships, known as OFSAA. Huntsville qualified its Junior Boys, Senior Girls and Senior Boys teams as well as individuals Emma Mensour (midget girls) and Sabrina Schaly (junior girls). This was the largest group of Huntsville runners attending OFSAA in over a decade. All three teams placed in the top 20 in the province with13,14 and 18th place finishes respectively. Each race had just under 300 runners with four top 60 results for Huntsville (Emma Mensour 42, Josh Stevens 49, Adam Lavigne 50, Mariah Smith 58). Most of Huntsville’s runners improved significantly on their times from the pre OFSAA race on the same course in late September. Congratulations to the Hoyas!
On November 3, MARS Masters XC runners traveled to Sunnybrook Park in Toronto to compete in the third event in the Breslin Cup, a 4 race series. This race was an 8 km race. Two MARS teams were entered. The team of Kat Ahokas, Jess Sheppard and Tina Steele placed first in the 30-39 women’s team category. Troy Cox, Pierre Mikhail, and Roger Penney placed 2nd in the men’s 40-49 age group, with Cox placing 4th overall.
Congratulations to all Muskoka XC runners! MARS continues its hard work this week with a track workout Tuesday and a 5 km time trial Thursday, both runs at 6:30 am at Conroy Track. The club is gearing up for its biggest and season ending race, November 17 in London at the Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships. The club is still looking for more runners to join us.
1: Winning team of Kat, Jess and Tina
2: Senior Girls Team at OFSAA.
3. Senior Girls Emily Jones and Emily Fletcher