Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Race Recap: Don Mills Invite

It was a down weekend for most of the Marauders, but two men and seven women travelled to Waterloo to compete in the Don Mills Invitational. While they were missing many of their top scorers, the women's team still finished second overall. Kierstin Myers led the way with a 5th place finish. Captain Chelsea Mackinnon finished in 12th, Raquel Burgess in 17th, Lizz Hodgson in 20th, Kaitlyn Pansegrau in 23rd, Adrienne Morgan in 27th, and Alannah Kelly in 33rd. On the men's side, Connor Darlington started his season on a strong note, finishing second overall to Nick Falk, the winner of last weekends Windsor Open. Alex Green also ran his first race of the season, finishing 19th overall. You can find the race recap here. Up next for the Marauders is the Queen's Open this Saturday, where both the men and women will be racing their top squads.

There is also an article this week in the Sil highlighting none other than our own Gabe 'The Babe' Ghiglione.

Full Results

Other Race Results:
Paul Short (Lehigh, Pennsylvania)
Louisville Classic (Louisville, Kentucky)
Notre Dame Invite (South Bend, Indiana)
Moncton Invite (Moncton)
Sled Dog Open (Saskatoon)
Rouge et Or Invite (Quebec City)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Race Recap: Windsor Open

Both the men's and the women's teams continued their successful seasons this past weekend at Malden Park in Windsor. This was the first university cross country meet held in Windsor since the 1998 OUA championships. The course was challenging and the summer temperatures did not help, with the heat affecting all the athletes, some severely. This did not stop the Marauders though, as the women improved on their bronze medal from Western with a second place finish. Maddy McDonald ran well again placing 2nd. Rookie Erin Mawhinney had a great race finishing in 7th, and Marauders Maddie Benjamin (8th) and Gabrielle Foran (9th) also finished in the top ten. Phoebe Cseresnyes finished 11th (in her first race as a Marauder) to round out the scorers.

The men's team once again found themselves atop the podium, also with four top ten finishes. Blair Morgan led the scoring in 2nd, Paul Rochus finished 6th, Paul Kolb 8th, Derek Van Schepen 9th, and Nick Kondrat 13th. The men's team is looking very strong, as they won despite missing four of the potential top seven (two Forbes, Darlington, and Ghiglione). You can read the recap of the meet here, and the Sil has also posted Laura Sinclair's recap of the Western race.

Full Results
Women's Video
Men's Video

Next weekend a few Marauders will be travelling to Waterloo for the Don Mills open, but most of the team will continue their season on Thanksgiving weekend at the Queen's Open in Kingston.

Other Race Results:
Roy Griak Invitational (Minnesota)
Stanford Invitational (California)
Vert et Or Invitational (Sherbrooke)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Race Recap: Western International

This past weekend, the Marauders opened the 2014 cross country season as per usual, competing at the 40th Annual Western International meet at the Thames Valley Golf Course in London. The conditions this year were much more favorable than last years, with a few people even complaining that the weather was too warm, though this didn't seem to affect McMaster's results. The lady Marauders were led by Madeline McDonald and her 4th place finish, followed by Kierstin Myers in 25th, Maddy Benjamin in 26th, Erin Mawhinney in 29th, and Gabrille Foran in 31st. After removing the open athletes, the Marauders finished with a total of 111 points, good enough to put them back on the podium this year with a bronze.

The Marauder men started their season with a bang, placing all five scorers in the top 15 (last year the top scorer was 17th). The first Marauder across the line was Blair Morgan in 4th, then Austen Forbes in 8th, Gabe Ghiglione in 10th, Paul Rochus in 11th, and Paul Kolb in 15th. The final team total was 44 points, which put the Marauders on top of the podium for the first time ever at Western, and in recent memory. This also marked the first time ever that both teams finished on the podium at Western. As you may notice in the pictures below, the team went barefoot for part of their warmdown and the awards ceremony as part of McMaster's 'Go Barefoot' campaign in support of Right to Play. You can find the write up here.

Photos by Clive Morgan

The Marauders continue their season next weekend at the University of Windsor Lancer Open.

Full Results
Women's Race Video
Men's Race Video
Women's All - Time (2014)
Men's All - Time (2014)

The Sil Cross Country Preview

Other race results:
UNB/STU Invite (New Brunswick)
NB Vic Matthews Open (Guelph)
Sundodger Invite (Oregon)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2014-2015 Marauder Recruits (Ladies)

Julia Baxter

Graduated from: Uxbridge Secondary School, Uxbridge

2013 OFSAA Cross Country Team 1st place
2013 Nationals Cross Country Team 6th place

Personal Bests:
5km (Cross Country) - 18:55

Program: Life Sciences

Fun Fact: She loves Folk music and also climbing things.

Kylie Hopkins

Graduated from: Highland Secondary School, Dundas

2014 OFSAA Track 4x400m relay Bronze Medallist
2012 OFSAA Track 800m 12th place
Qualified and competed in the 4x400m relay at Penn Relays,

Personal Bests:
200m - 26.5s
400m - 60.09s
600m - 1:42.1
800m - 2:22.3

Program: Nursing

Fun Fact: She is addicted to salt and vinegar flavoured popcorn.

Lauren Locco

Graduated from: Westmount Secondary School, Hamilton

2014 Toronto Triathlon Festival, 2nd place U-19, 1:16:00 (sprint)
2013 OFSAA Track 3000m, 20th place

Personal Bests:
1500m - 4:51
3000m - 10:45
5km (road): 19:18
5km (Cross Country) - 19:47

Program: Nursing

Fun Fact: She enjoyed her debut as a triathlete this past summer in the sprint distance.

Erin Mawhinney

Graduated from: Notre Dame Secondary School, Burlington

2013 OFSAA Track 3000m, 12th place
2012 OFSAA Track 3000m, 7th place
2012 OFSAA Cross Country, 29th place

Personal Bests:
800m - 2:23
1500m - 4:49
3000m - 10:27
5km (road) - 18:34

Program: Nursing

Fun Fact: She can recite the entire movie 'Grease' from beginning to end.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 - 2015 Marauder Recruits (Men)

Zack Hannon

Previous School: Collingwood Collegiate Institute
Notable Accomplishments:
- 28th at 2012 Ofsaa Cross Country
- 43rd at 2013 Ofsaa Cross Country
Program at McMaster: 
Life Sciences

1500m - 4:12 3000m - 9:03

Matt Napier
Previous School: Erin District HS
Program at McMaster: 
Life Sciences
800 - 1:56.39, 1500 - 3:58.5

Keaton Smee

Previous School: Huron Heights SS
Notable Accomplishments:
-9th at Ofsaa Cross 2013
- YRAA 2k steeple record holder
- 2013 Team Ontario member at Legion National Youth Championships
Program at McMaster: 
800m - 2:01.27, 1000m - 2:34.7 1500m - 4:05.32, 3k - 9:00.32,
5k - 16:09, 2k Steeple - 6:02.61
Captain of the Newmarket Huskies

Frank Sorbara

Previous School: York University
Notable Accomplishments:
- 2 time Barrie Half Marathon champion
Program at McMaster: 
Masters of Physiotherapy
5k - 15:16, 10k - 31:57, Half - 1:11:03, Marathon - 2:34:03
Road Race Results

Patrick Sullivan
Previous School: Orangeville District SS
800m - 2:01.2, 1500m - 4:07.1

Evan Ubene

Previous School: Belle River DHS
Program at McMaster: 
Engineering and Co-Op
1500 - 4:05, 3k - 8:59

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekly Results: August 3rd - 10th

NACAC U23 Championships - August 8th - 10th, Kamloops
Men's 1500
2 Darlington, Connor        21 CANADA                 3:55.36

5 Peaks Albion Hills Enduro 11.4k - August 9th
7 Madeline Mcdonald        53:34 (1st Female)

Steelhead 70.3 - August 10th, Benton Harbor, Michigan
NameCountryDiv RankGender RankOverall RankSwimBikeRunFinishPoints
Sanders, LionelCAN11100:29:4202:00:4101:12:3603:46:133500
NACACs wraps up the summer track season for the Marauders, as most of us start to switch over to cross country mode. Upcoming races for the rest of the summer include the Cactus 5 and 10k this weekend in Dundas, triathlon world championships in Edmonton, and the Ironman 70.3 world championships in September. has an article on Taylor Forbes and the Edmonton race which you can check out here. Also, missing from the results a few weeks ago was Paul Kolb's Ironman. Paul's results, and the full results, can be found here. Congratulations Paul! 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Weekly Results: July 26th- August 2nd

Sketchers Downhill 5k - July 26th, Hamilton
12 Adrienne Morgan 18:45.1 (4th female)

Provincial Triathlon Championships - August 1st, Ottawa
Taylor FORBESDundas, CAN

Austen FORBESDundas, CAN

Andrew BEARDSALLAlliston, CAN

Rui XUDundas, CAN
David HOPTONAncaster, CAN

Congrats to Taylor and Austen on their twin sweep at provincials! Triathlon Canada has also announced that Taylor will be representing Canada the the U23 triathlon world championships at the end of August in Edmonton. The full TriCan release can be found here. There is a article also highlighting the twins successful summer seasons, as well as Lionel's and Connor's. Finally, good luck to Connor as he travels to Kamloops, BC this weekend to compete in the 1500 at NACACs to wrap up the 2014 outdoor season!