Island schools fair well at NOSSA x-country

Two MSS runners headed for provincials this week

ESPANOLA—Manitoulin was well represented at the Northern Ontario Secondary School Athletics cross country meet last week in Espanola with teams attending from Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) and Wikwemikong High School.

From MSS, Marjorie Scott placed 16th in the midget girls’ race (3.1 km), while in the midget boys’ race (5.1 km) Ryan Jones placed 27th, Boston Thibeault placed 33rd, Ben Marshall placed 35th and Shannon Debassige place 37th. Overall, the midget boys’ team paced fourth at the meet.

For junior girls’, Beth Wiwchar came in ninth with a time of 18:40, which qualified her for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSSA) championship. Gabby Corbiere also competed in the junior girls’ and placed 17th.

In the seniors boys’ race (7.4 km), James Scott won bronze with a time of 27:03, also qualifying him for OFSSA.

Beth and James will be attending the OFSSA Cross Country Championships in Port Hope on November 5.

“Ian Dokum finished 21st out of 48 runners,” said Wikwemikong High School Cross Country Coach Marcel Recollet. “He also set a personal best time of 20 minutes and 44 seconds! What is incredible is that the midget boys ran a further distance at 5.25 kilometers. Ian was top runner representing NSSSA.  Novaleigh Pelletier finished in 56th place out of 66 runners. She also ran a further distance at 3.1 km compared to 2.9 km at NSSSA. All this within a difference of 10.62 seconds!  In the senior boys’ division, DJ Maiangowi also set a personal best under 40 minutes in the 7.4 km race. Geordan Lewis also finished strongly and showed a lot of competitiveness.  Congratulation Warriors for an excellent season!”