Mustangs shine at North Shore track and field

M’CHIGEENG—Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS) had an excellent showing at the North Shore Secondary School Athletics Association (NSSSAA) championships held last week with 16 athletes and two teams advancing to the Northern Ontario finals.

Larissa Chevrette will be competing at Northern Ontario Secondary School Athletics (NOSSA) in the junior women’s 1,500 metre event; Gabrielle Corbiere will compete in the senior women’s long jump and senior women’s javelin throw; Mackenzie Cortes will be representing NOSSA in the junior women’s 400 metre race; Malia Leighton will compete in the midget women’s 100 metre dash and 200 metre dash and high jump; Ayriell Nodecker is competing in the midget women’s 400 metre dash; Mya Otosquaiob is competing in the junior women’s 100 metre dash, long jump and triple jump; Connor Phillips is heading to NOSSA for the junior men’s 200 metre dash and 400 metre dash; Hailey Prior is competing in the midget women’s triple jump; Douglas Robinson is competing in the senior men’s 200 metre dash and 400 metre dash; James Scott is running in the senior men’s 800 metre dash and 1,500 metre dash; Marjorie Scott is running in the junior women’s 800 metre; Abby Smith is representing MSS in the junior women’s discus throw; Ella Stewart is running in the junior women’s 800 metre and 1,500 metre; Amber Wiwchar is competing in the midget women’s 800 metre, 1,500 metre and 3,000 metre; Beth Wiwchar is competing in the senior women’s 800 metre and 1,500 metre; and Ben Marshall is competing in the 800 metre run.

The MSS midget women’s 4×100 relay team is also advancing with teammates: Ayriell Nodecker, Amber Wiwchar, Malia Leighton and Hailey Prior; as is the junior women’s 4×100 relay team comprised: Mya Otosquaiob, Mackenzie Cortes, Larissa Chevrette, Ayriell Nodecker and Marjorie Scott.

Matt Redmond, who threw the shot put and discus and ran in the 3,000 metre—an odd combo, his coach Jon Balfe admits—was the only one who didn’t advance, but Matt did set a 10 second personal best in his 3,000 metre race. Malia Leighton high jumped a personal best too and Mackenzie Cortes knocked four seconds off her 400 metre distance.

“Douglas Robinson, literally, took his first running long jump of his life as a senior boy…and won the event,” Coach Balfe shared. “He is one of my regular CrossFitters. He jumped off different feet every time and still won!”

“Gabby Corbiere set personal bests in both her field events and is pumped for NOSSA,” the coach added. “Amber Wiwchar has a good chance to make OFSSA as does James Scott and possibly a couple of dark horses.”