Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Used Shoe Drive at Western Int'l XC Meet

For the past couple years, the Marauder Squad has participated in a movement called Go Shoeless for Right to Play. Along with other teams at McMaster, we go barefoot to raise awareness and funds for children who do not have safe areas to play. This typically falls at the Western International Cross Country Meet, which is a staple in the autumn racing schedule. This year, we hope to take the initiative one step further, by facilitating a Used Shoe Drive!

We will be collecting used athletic/running shoes on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 throughout race day at the Western International Cross Country Meet at the Thames Valley Golf course. Please bring your used shoes to the Marauder Tent anytime on Saturday, which is typically located behind the start line. We hope to get all other teams, officials and spectators involved by inviting them to contribute as well!

Right to Play is an organization that works both locally and internationally, using sport and play as tools to enhance child development in areas of disadvantage. The shoes we collect will go to the Eva Rothwell Centre in downtown Hamilton, which services inner-city youth and children. Many of our team members have participated in programming at Eva Rothwell, and can personally attest to the great work they do!

To read more about Right to Play and their Sport for Development philosophy, check out their website:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

2016-2017 Marauder Rookies (Men)

After a fantastic weekend of racing we wanted to take the chance to give you some more information on the McMaster Men’s Cross-Country rookies for 2016. Many of these gentlemen opened up their McMaster varsity careers this past weekend in Buffalo showing great talent and potential. For a full write-up on the University of Buffalo Stampede by Fraser Caldwell click here.

Sergio Ráez Villanueva

Program:  Life Science
Year of Study:  1
High School:  John Cabot Catholic Secondary School
Track Club:  Mississauga Track Club
Hometown:  Mississauga, Ontario

Running Accomplishments:
23rd at 2016 World Junior Track & Field Championships 10,000m
3rd at 2016 Athletics Ontario Sr. 10,000m Championships
1st at 2016 Athletics Ontario Jr. 10,000m Championships
15th at 2015 Western International
7th at 2015 McGill Open
2nd at 2014 OFSAA Open 2000m Steeple Chase

22nd at 2014 OFSAA Sr. Boys XC Championships
44th at 2013 OFSAA Sr. Boys XC Championships

Personal Bests:
800m              –          1:54.78           2015
1500m            –          3:55.29           2016
3000m            –          8:24.05           2016
5000m            –          14:35.20         2016
10,000m         –          30:00.01         2016


Josh McGillivary

Program:  Engineering
Year of Study:  1
High School:  Leaside High School
Track Club:  University of Toronto Track Club
Hometown:  Toronto, Ontario

Running Accomplishments:
13th at 2016 OFSAA Sr. Boys 3000m
22nd at 2015 OFSAA Sr. Boys XC Championships
24th at 2014 OFSAA Sr. Boys XC Championships
11th at 2013 OFSAA Jr. Boys XC Championships

Personal Bests:
800m              –          1:56.19           2016
1500m            –          3:57.72           2016
3000m            –          8:43.26           2016


Paul Robinson

Program:  Humanities
Year of Study:  1
High School:  Silverthorn High School
Track Club:  Etobicoke Track/Toronto West Club
Hometown:  Mississauga, Ontario

Running Accomplishments:
84th at 2015 Athletics Canada Youth Nationals XC
85th at 2015 OFSAA Sr. Boys XC Championships
86th at 2014 OFSAA Sr. Boys XC Championships
34th at 2013 OFSAA Jr. Boys XC Championships

Personal Bests:
800m              -           2:01.98           2016
1500m            -           4:11.60           2014
3000m            -           9:05.75           2016
5000m            -           16:20.25         2015

Dylan Alick

Program:  Bachelor of Technology
Year of Study:  1
High School:  Mississauga Secondary School
Track Club:  Mississauga Track Club
Hometown:  Mississauga, Ontario

Running Accomplishments:
58th at 2015 Youth National XC Championships
73rd at 2015 OFSAA Sr. Boys XC Championships
90th at 2014 OFSAA Sr. Boys XC Championships
48th at 2013 OFSAA Jr. Boys XC Championships

Personal Bests:
1500m                        -           4:18.19           2016
3000m                        -           8:56.50           2016
5000m                        -           15:53              2016
5000m (road)             -           16:46              2015
10,000m (road)          -           36:43              2014

Taylor Cornwall

Program:  Commerce
Year of Study:   1
High School:  St. Mary’s District Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Hometown:  St. Mary’s, Ontario

Running Accomplishments:
49th at 2013 OFSAA Jr. Boys XC Championships

Personal Bests:
1500m            -           4:31.80           2016
3000m            -           9:49.10           2016


Ryan Tyrrell

Program:  Engineering
Year of Study:  1
High School:  Eastview High School
Track Club:  South Simcoe Dufferin
Hometown:  Barrie, Ontario

Running Accomplishments:
99th at 2015 OFSAA Sr. Boys XC Championships

Personal Bests:
1500m                         -           4:19.20           2016
3000m                         -           9:29.29           2015
2000m Steeplechase    -           6:17.05           2016


Aaron De Jong

Program:  Integrated Science
Year of Study:  2
High School:  Hamilton District Christian High School
Track Club:  Fighting Koalas (Triathlon)
Hometown:  Waterdown, Ontario

Running Accomplishments:
Member of Triathlon Ontario Junior Provincial Development Team
10th place at National Junior Triathlon Championships 2016
6th place at Ontario Junior Triathlon Championships 2016
3rd place at Ontario Junior Triathlon Championships 2016
93rd at 2014 OFSAA Sr. Boys XC Championships

Personal Bests:
5000m (road)            -           16:19  2015


Justyn Tyrrell

Program:  Materials Engineering
Year of Study:  2
High School:  Eastview High School
Track Club:  South Simcoe Dufferin
Hometown:  Barrie, Ontario

Running Accomplishments:
72nd at 2014 OFSAA Sr. Boys XC Championships

Personal Bests:
1500m            -           4:21.90           2015
3000m            -           9:25.15           2015


Matthew McArthur

Program:  Health Sciences
Year of Study:  3
High School:  Sacred Heart High School
Hometown:  Walkerton, Ontario

Personal Bests:
1500m            -           4:39.52           2013
3000m            -           10:09.60         2013

Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016-2017 Marauder Recruits (Ladies)

Rachel Faulds

High School: Trenton High School
Previous School: West Virginia University

Running Accomplishments: 
2013 OFSAA Sr. Girls 3000 Silver
2012 OFSAA Sr. Girls Cross Country Bronze
2012 Youth National 3000 Silver
2012 Jr. National 3000 Bronze
2012 OFSAA Sr. Girls 3000 Silver
2011 OFSAA Sr. Girls Cross Country Silver
2011 OFSAA Jr. Girls 3000 Bronze

Personal Bests: 
800 - 2:21
1500 - 4:38 3000 - 9:46 
Program: Life Science 
Fun Fact: Before becoming a runner Rachel was a competitive swimmer who competed in distance freestyle events.

Emma Waddington

High School: Westdale Secondary School

Sports Accomplishments: 

2016, 2015, 2014 Canadian Orienteering Elite Sprint Champion 
2014 North American Orienteering Sprint Champion 
2014 OFSAA Sr. Girls Cross Country Team Silver 
2013 OFSAA Jr. Girls Cross Country Team Champions 
PC: Maxine Gravina
Personal Bests: 
1500 Steeplechase - 5:23

3000 - 10:38
Program: Kinesiology
Fun Fact: Emma competed at both the Jr World and World Championships for Orienteering when she was 17 continues to race for Team Canada!
Last week she was racing for Team Canada at the World Championships for Orienteering in Sweden! Emma anchored the Canadian Sprint Relay Team to 19th place.

Sarah Haliburton

Previous School: McMaster University (Graduated from Nursing in 2012)
Previous Employment: Registered Nurse at SickKids Hospital
Running Accomplishments:
Member of McMaster CIS Cross Country and Track Teams 2008-2012
2009 CIS Cross Country Team Bronze
2010 CIS Cross Country Team Silver
2010 CIS 4x800m Relay Team Bronze
2011 CIS Cross Country Team Bronze

Personal Bests:
1500 - 4:34
3000 - 9:48
Program: Nurse Practitioner Graduate Program
Fun Fact: Sarah volunteered for CBC at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games for three weeks. She loves to travel!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer Recap

Over the summer, we had many Harbour Athletes racing all over the province, the country and a few even around the world! Here are a few of the many highlights:

Hamilton Twilight Series

We hosted four Hamilton Twilight Track Meets in our Summer Series this year. Thanks to all the racers, coaches, officials and volunteers for making each one a huge success! Hamilton is a great place to run fast, as we saw tons of PBs, a few new records and even a two American Paralympic records. If you didn't get a chance to win a swanky button, they will be back next year!

Hamilton Twilight Meet #1, May 29, 2016

Hamilton Twilight Meet #2, June 21, 2016
Kaitlyn Pansegrau and Emily Nowak running
800m PBs at Hamilton Twilight Meet #2
PC: Richard Zazulak

At this meet, American Paralympic Medallist Patrick Blake Leeper set two new American Paralympic Records in the 200m and 400m races. Read about his inspirational journey here

Hamilton Canada Day Twilight, July 1, 2016

Hamilton PB Twilight, August 1, 2016

Other Exceptional Summer Races

Ontario 10,000m Track Championships, London, May 14, 2016

Blair Morgan and Sergio Raez Villanueva
in the 10,000m Champs
PC: Maxine Gravina
PBs for Paul Rochus and Blair Morgan as well as PB and Junior World Track qualifying time for Sergio Raez Villanueva Article

Canadian Half-Marathon Championships, Calgary, May 29 2016

Mac Alum and Harbour Athlete Steph Macneill ran a great race to finish as the 4th Female in a time of 1:22:21.

Emma Waddington at the Jr World
Orienteering Champs
PC: Mike Waddington via Twitter

World Junior Orienteering Championships, Engadin, Switzerland, July 10, 2016

Incoming recruit Emma Waddington finished 30th in the Sprint event at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Switzerland, as well as racing for the Canadian team in the Relay event.

IAAF World U20 Track & Field Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland, July 19-25, 2016

Incoming recruit Sergio Raez Villanueva finished 23rd in the 10,000m at the World U20 Champs

3 New Joggling World Records for Gabrielle Foran

Joggler Gabrielle Foran achieved 3 New World Records in the Women's 3-ball 400m, 1 Mile and 10km joggling events. She was also undefeated at the International Juggler's Association Championships in El Paso, Texas on July 30, 2016.

To see all her current Joggling WRs, go to

Other meets that Harbour Athletes competed in include the RCLDS Twilight Meets, Speed River New Balance Twilight Meets, University of Toronto Twilight Meets, and Athletics Ontario Championships among others. All results can be found at

European Racing Tour for Tweedle, Morgan, Darlington and Schnurr

Morgan, Tweedle, Falk and Darlington
Photo from Instagram
Jeff Tweedle, Blair Morgan, Connor Darlington and Coach Paula Schnurr teamed up with Nick Falk, Paul Janikowski and Coach Gary Malloy to get some international racing experience in Europe. They started their travels at the Canadian National Track & Field Championships in Edmonton then brought them to Belgium and England.

Highlights include a 10s PB for Morgan in the 5000m of 14.10.76 in Belgium, and an 800m PB for Darlington of 1.49.06 in Oxford.

Canadian Track & Field Championships, Edmonton, July 7- July 10, 2016

Nacht Van Der Atletiek, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, July 16, 2016

Eltham British Miler's Club Regional Race, Eltham, England, July 20, 2016

Oxford British Miler's Club Grand Prix, Oxford, England, July 23, 2016

Updates from Triathlon

Alum Andrew Yorke represented Canada and McMaster at the 2016 Rio Olympics! Unfortunately he suffered a crash on the bike but bravely persevered to finish the race in 42nd place. Read more here

Alum Taylor Forbes won Bronze at the Canadian Elite National Championships, taking silver in the U23 Category. Read the article

Marauder Andrew Beardsall won the IRONMAN 70.3 Muskoka Triathlon, a huge race for him!

Alum Lionel Sanders has won more 70.3 races than we can count this season, follow his burgeoning career on his blog

Alum Taylor Reid has also been racing well in the 70.3 triathlon races, check out his results here

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

March & April Recap

McMaster Athletic Awards 2016

April 5th marked the 92nd Annual McMaster Athletic Awards to celebrate the achievements of all McMaster Varsity Athletes. The Cross Country and Track Teams were among the most successful teams in terms of number of nominees and award recipients.

Captains Blair Morgan and Maddy McDonald were the Male and Female Cross Country MVPs.
Jeff Tweede and Chelsea Mackinnon were the Male and Female Track MVPs.

Our great Student Trainers were officially recognized for their hours of hard work; Trevor Rice, Leya Chung, Pat Nguyen, Sam Mahoney and Amanda Hroncok.

Plaque Awards honoured athletes who had contributed to a Varsity McMaster Team for four year. Cross Country & Track Plaque recipients include: Maddie Benjamin, Luke Charbonneau, Kaitlyn Pansegrau, Connor Darlington, Derek Van Shepen, Jeff Tweedle, Maddy McDonald and Gabe Ghiglione.
Some of the Major Award Winners

Gabe Ghiglione was awarded the Les Prince Award for his leadership and outstanding community service. He was the student-athlete with the highest number of weekly visits through McMaster Athletes Care, as well as the president of the McMaster's ALS Society just to name a few of his many outreach efforts.

Maddy McDonald was awarded the Dr. Edna Guest Award for graduating athletes who demonstrate leadership on their team and within the community, noteworthy athletic ability and reflect the "Spirit of McMaster." Maddy led the Women's team to an OUA Bronze and was awarded the CIS Community Service Award for the 2015 Cross Country season.

Blair Morgan was a nominee for Ivor Wynne Male Athlete of the Year Award for his impressive year representing McMaster on the trails and track, as well as representing Canada at the FISU Cross Country Championships. He lead the Men's team to an OUA Bronze Medal and was named as a 2nd Team All-Canadian for his 8th place finish at the CIS Championships in Cross Country.

Read the beautiful Awards Program complete with articles photos HERE Article HERE

CIS vs NCAA: The Decision, a Thesis by Maxine Gravina

Maxine Gravina, multimedia student put together a documentary for her final thesis project. 

PC: Maxine Gravina and
"Making a postsecondary decision can be tough, but adding in what varsity team one will compete for can make that decision harder. Some young Canadians need to determine whether the NCAA or the CIS is the right choice for their post secondary education and varsity career."

To be clear, Maxine's opinion piece was meant to cover the position of a few athletes and coaches and spark conversation. It was not meant as a comprehensive analysis, and was limited by some restraints. We encourage respectful discussion and hope you can appreciate the art and effort of this video regardless of your opinion.

FISU Cross Country Championships 2016

Canadian Men's FISU Cross Country Team
PC: Paula Schnurr
While the rest of the team was headed to CIS Track, Blair Morgan and Coach Paula Schnurr were across the world in Cassino, Italy at the FISU World University Cross Country Championships. This was Blair's second time in the red and white singlet, having raced at the the same competition in 2014. While Coach Schnurr competed for Canada many times throughout her racing career, this was the first time as the Assistant Coach to a national team.

The course proved challenging with wind, mud and rolling hills. Blair and the Canadian men battled to 8th-place among the teams.

Read Articles and Results on HERE

CIS Track Championships 2016

We had 5 Marauders compete at the CIS Track Championships at York University in March.
Jeff Tweedle ran courageously leading the Men's 1000m race, unfortunately was clipped from behind but battled his way to 7th. Connor Darlington was 8th in the Men's 3000m. The Men's 4x800m finished 11th.

Full Results HERE

Friday, March 11, 2016

Three OUA Bronze Medals, CIS & FISU Preview

OUA Track Championships 2016

February 26-27th, 2016
St. Denis Center, Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse, Windsor

"McMaster's distance unit continued to excel this weekend, taking home three bronze medals from the OUA Track and Field Championships hosted by the Windsor Lancers on Friday and Saturday.

Beaten only by the pair of Toronto's Sacha Smart and Windsor's Corey Bellemore —who both broke the previous OUA meet record — Mac's Jeff Tweedle came away from the 1000m event with a bronze medal and beat the CIS standard with a time of 2:24.13.

He was back in action again as the Marauders notched a pair of podium places in the 4x800m relays, with Tweedle, Connor Darlington, Nick Kondrat and Matt Napier winning OUA bronze and beating the CIS standard in a time of 7:40.43, while the women's team of Chelsea Mackinnon, Emily Nowak, Kaitlyn Pansegrau and Maddie Benjamin also won bronze.

Other scores for the Marauders came courtesy of Benjamin, who crossed the line seventh in the 1500m event in a time of 4:41.71, and veteran Blair Morgan, who finished fifth in the 3000m with a time of 8:22.05." 

- From
Bronze Medallists in the Relay for Women and Men in 4x800m
PC: Maxine Gravina

Great Marauder results include:

Women's 1000m

10   Chelsea Mackinnon               2:54.95
Jeff Tweedle in the M 1000m
PC: Maxine Gravina
14   Kaitlyn Pansegrau                 3:00.41

Men's 1000m

3    Jeff Tweede                            2.24.13
13  Patrick Deane                        2.33.62
21  Rhys Thomas                        2.39.36

Men's 60m

18  Joshua Andrews                  7.27
22 Jacob Gareau                        7.33

Women's 3000m

10  Gabrielle Foran                  10:30.03
12 Erin Mawhinney                 10:32.06

Men's 3000m

5  Blair Morgan                    8:22.05
12 Taylor Forbes                  8:44.84
14  Derek Van Schepen        8:47.77

Women's 300m

25  Katie Falla                    44.55
Maddie Benjamin, Chelsea Mackinnon and
Emily Nowak in the W 1000m
PC: Maxine Gravina

Men's 300m

19  Luke Yaeger                 36.94

Women's 4x800m

3  McMaster                      9:16.34

Men's 4x800m

3  McMaster                     7:44.62

Men's 600m

10  Rhys Thomas              1:23.47
15  Luke Yaeger                1:24.62

Women's 1500m

7  Maddie Benjamin         4:41.71
14 Chelsea Mackinnon    4:47.22
18 Emily Nowak              4:51.91

Full Results HERE

Photos by Maxine Gravina HERE

This OUA competition also marked the last race as a Marauder for a number of competitors: Chelsea Mackinnon, Gabrielle Foran, Blair Morgan, Taylor Forbes, Derek Van Schepen. They were each valuable members of the team, and while they will be missed, we know they will continue to achieve great things both on and off the track!

CIS Track Championships 2016

The CIS Championships are happening THIS WEEKEND at York University! 

Marauders competing include:

Jeff Tweedle, M 1000m (Friday, 5:10pm)
Connor Darlington, M 3000m (Friday. 6:50pm)
Jeff Tweedle, Connor Darlington, Matthew Napier, Nick Kondrat, M 4x800m (Friday, 8:15pm)

FISU Cross Country Championship 2016

Captain Blair Morgan and Coach Paula Schnurr are currently in Cassino, Italy for the FISU Cross Country Championships. Blair is one of the 6 Men who will race on the 10.7km course at 12:00 noon Italy Time (6:00 AM Hamilton time). Paula is there as an assistant coach for the Canadian Team.

This promises to be an exciting weekend!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

HUGE Weekend at BU Invitational

BU David Hemery Invitational

Last Thursday morning, most of the McMaster Track crew loaded onto the bus for the drive down to Boston for the 2016 BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational. The Marauders have competed there the past few years, however this is the first time they sent a whole bus load of competitors.
Rookie Megan Black in the W Mile PC: Pete Self

As in the past, the BU track seems to have a bit of magic in its ability to bring out fantastic performances. When the pieces fall into place at the right time, all the hard work and preparation can result in blazing personal bests.
This weekend beat last year's record of 13 Personal Bests in one weekend, this year there were 18 PBs!!
Especially exciting was Connor Darlington's New School Record in the 3000m, breaking the previous 42-year old record by 0.4 seconds!

Here are the results from this weekend:

2016 BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational

Feb 12 & 13th, 2016
Boston, MA

Women's Mile
Benjamin, Maddie             McMaster               5:04.83 PB!
Locco, Lauren                McMaster               5:28.31 PB!
Black, Megan                 McMaster               5:19.82 PB!

Women's 1000m
Mackinnon, Chelsea           McMaster               2:49.85 PB!
Pansegrau, Kaitlyn           McMaster               3:00.22 PB!

Women's 3000m
Foran, Gabrielle             McMaster              10:10.99 PB!
Mawhinney, Erin              McMaster              10:32.86
Nowak, Emily                 McMaster              10:37.16

Men's 1000m
Tweedle, Jeff                McMaster               2:24.00
Napier, Matthew              McMaster               2:29.80 PB!
Thomas, Rhys                 McMaster               2:32.61 PB!

Men's 500m
Yaeger, Luke                 McMaster               1:05.62 PB!

Men's Mile
Deane, Patrick               McMaster               4:20.76 PB!
MacGillivray, Christian      McMaster               4:19.33 PB!

Men's 3000m
Darlington, Connor           McMaster               8:11.98 PB! New McMaster School Record
Forbes, Taylor               McMaster               8:16.70 PB!
Morgan, Blair                McMaster               8:17.79 PB!
Kondrat, Nick                McMaster               8:24.87 PB!
Van Schepen, Derek           McMaster               8:24.89 PB!
Ghiglione, Gabriel           McMaster               8:35.86 PB!
Morgan and Forbes in the M 3000m
PC: Pete Self
Favero, Jonathan             McMaster               8:37.21 PB!

Coach Pete Self's PHOTOS:

Race videos are available on Flotrack PRO but will hopefully be available soon.
Many of these results also ranked among the All-Time Top McMaster performances on the indoor track from the past 40 years.
Check them out on the updates All-Time Lists here. (Thanks Pete!)

The Marauders also ran at two meets at U of T the weekends before and after Boston. Check out the full results at the links below.

2016 Sharon Anderson Meet

The Marauders used Sharon Anderson as a warm-up meet for the following weekend in Boston. A few racers also culminated their seasons here. Highlights include PBs for Emily Nowak in the 1500m, Kaitlyn Pansegrau in the 600m and dominating wins for both the Men and Women's 4x800m teams!

Sharon Anderson

Feb 6th, 2016

See Photos by Maxine Gravina HERE

2016 Hal Brown Last Chance

This past weekend after Boston, a few Marauders headed back to UofT to get in a few last, fast efforts before OUAs this upcoming weekend. This was also the last race of the season for a few athletes.
Highlights include PBs for Gabrielle Foran in the 1500m, and Josh Andrews in the 60m!

Hal Brown

Feb 19th, 2016

The Marauders will be racing next weekend at the 2016 OUA Track and Field Championships in Windsor, Feb 26-27th.