Wiikwemkoong celebrates late teacher with memorial cross country meet

And they’re off! Elementary school students from across Manitoulin participated in the Stephen Fox Memorial Invitational cross country meet held recently. photos by Harold Fox

WIIKWEMKOONG—The communities of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory have held a long and well deserved reputation for producing outstanding runners and it is fitting that the memory of the popular late Grade 1 teacher, Stephen Fox, is immortalized with a cross country meet.

“Mr. Fox was very instrumental in running with the Grade 1 students and enjoyed running himself,” said Pontiac Principal Harold Fox. “He remains with the students in spirit and like the medal says, he always called everyone a ‘Winner’.”

The first annual Mr. Fox run medals were presented by Mr. Fox’s lifelong partner Monica Fox, his daughter Jodi Fox and granddaughter Vada Fox.

Results from the first annual Stephen Fox Memorial Invitational included age 8 girls, Fia Flanagan of C.C. McLean Public School in first place, Lily Stewart of Assiginack Public School in second place and Scarlet Mohr of Central Manitoulin Public School in third place. In age 8 boys, Jack Bridgeman of Central Manitoulin Public School came in first place, Kohyn Eshkawkogan of Central Manitoulin Public School came in second place and Ethan Witty of CC McLean came in third place.

The inaugral Stephen Fox Memorial Run medals declare every competitor a ‘winner’ in keeping with the late Mr. Fox’s philosophy of youth sports.

In age 9/10 girls, Zee Toulouse of Little Current Public School came in first place, second Place in the 9/10 girls went to Natalia Pitawanakwat of Wasse Abin Pontiac School and Saraya Eshkawkogan of Little Current Public School came in third place. In age 9/10 boys Jack Carter of Little Current Public School came in first place, Cody Campbell of CC McLean Public School came in second place and Jack Keohler of Little Current Public School came in third place.

In age 11/12 girls, Ava Assinawai of Central Manitoulin Public School came in first place, Annie Balfe of Central Manitoulin Public School came in second place and Mikaila Staruck of Wiikwemkoong came in third. In age 11/12 boys, Davin Deschenes of Little Current Public School came in first place, Brodie Pennie of Assiginack Public School came in second place and Jayden Hayden of C.C. McLean Public School came in third place.

In 13-plus girls, Delaney Bridgeman of Central Manitoulin Public School came in first, Autumn Peltier of Wiikwemkoong came in second place and Autumn Deschenes of Little Current Public School came in third place. In 13-plus boys, Julian Wemigwans of  Wiikwemkoong came in first place, Riley Lockeyer of Little Current Public School came in second and Trent Bell of C.C. McLean came in third place.

In the team results for age 8 girls, it was C.C. McLean Public School in first place, Central Manitoulin Public School in second place, Wiikwemkoong in third place and Assiginack Public School in fourth place (Lily Stewart with a second tie-breaker). In the age 8 boys division, it was Central Manitoulin Public School in first place, Wiikwemkoong in second place, Little Current Public School in third place and C.C. McLean in fourth place.

In the 9/10 girls division, it was Central Manitoulin Public School in first place, Wiikwemkoong in second place, Little Current Public School in third place and C. C. McLean Public School in fourth place. While the 9/10 boys saw Little Current Public School take first place, C.C. McLean Public School took second place, Assiginack Public School took third place and Central Manitoulin Public School took fourth place.

With two schools competing in 11/12 girls’ division, it was Central Manitoulin Public School in first place and Little Current Public School in second place. Three schools in the boys’ division saw Little Current Public School take first place, C.C. McLean Public School took second place and Central Manitoulin Public School took third place.

In the 13-plus girls’ division, Central Manitoulin Public School took first place and Little Current Public School took second place. There was no entry for the 13-plus boys’ division.

Overall champion of the meet was the Central Manitoulin Public School contingent, with Little Current Public School the runner up and C.C. McLean in third place.