Thursday, February 4, 2016

York Open and Other Results

The indoor seasons continued for the Marauders at the York Open on January 30th, which saw many Marauders continue their quest for Boston and OUA times. 

York University Open 2016 - January 30th
Men's 60m
42 Gareau, Jacob               McMaster University       7.43

Women's 300m
36 Falla, Katie                McMaster University      45.49

Men's 600m
6 Thomas, Rhys                 McMaster University    1:24.76

Men's 1000m
5 Napier, Matthew              McMaster University    2:33.82
9 Adams, Chris                 McMaster University    2:37.75

Women's 1000m
3 Mackinnon, Chelsea           McMaster University    2:58.53
5 Pansegrau, Kaitlyn           McMaster University    3:02.55

Men's 1500m
1 Tweedle, Jeffrey             McMaster University    3:57.21   
3 Kondrat, Nick                McMaster University    3:58.92   
7 Van Schepen, Derek           McMaster University    4:00.70   
8 Macgillivray, Christian      McMaster University    4:03.36   
11 Deane, Patrick              McMaster University    4:09.79   
13 Favero, Jonathan            McMaster University    4:14.31   
19 Charbonneau, Luke           McMaster University    4:21.57 

Women's 1500m
4 Mackinnon, Chelsea           McMaster University    4:46.75
7 Foran, Gabrielle             McMaster University    4:54.32

Women's 3000m
4 Mawhinney, Erin              McMaster University   10:31.26   
5 Nowak, Emily                 McMaster University   10:31.43   
9 Locco, Lauren                McMaster University   10:47.32   
10 Black, Megan                McMaster University   10:55.19   
11 Head, Alison                McMaster University   11:15.34   
14 Kelly, Alannah              McMaster University   11:31.50 

Full Results

This past weekend also saw alumni Andrew Yorke compete at the Boston Terrier 5000m for the alumni club Hamilton Bombers. Andrew finished in a personal best time of 14:32.96, good for 18th place. Full 5000m results are here. 

The weekend of January 23rd saw one Marauder take to the streets of Burlington in the Robbie Burns 8k. Adrienne Morgan won her age-group and finished as the 15th overall female. Full results can be found here. 

Next up for the team is the Sharon Anderson meet hosted by the University of Toronto this weekend, while the rest of the Marauders rest up for the Boston Valentines Meet on February 12th and 13th. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Indoor Track is Here: Can Am Classic and Don Wright

The Indoor track season has arrived, bringing with it an onslaught of lactic burn, personal bests and track hack. The Marauders jumped on the track fresh from their Florida Training Camp and opened the season at the Can Am Track Classic in Windsor.

Luke Y ready to PB in the 300m
PC: Pete Self

Can Am Track Classic

Windsor, Jan 9th, 2016

Highlights include:

  • Luke Yeager setting a new PB in the 300m by about 1.5 seconds.
  • First Indoor race ever for a few rookies.
  • 4th and 5th place finished for Jeff Tweedle and Blair Morgan in the M 1500m.
  • Women racing in a heat with Olympian Melissa Bishop in the W 1500m.

Coach Pete Self reclaimed his position behind the camera on top of his regular coaching and reminded us why he has the nickname 'Selfie' for his knack to capture awesome candid shots.

Don Wright Team Challenge

London, Jan 16th, 2016

Jacob Gareau in the M 60m. PC: Maxine Gravina
Don Wright Team Challenge was a more successful meet for the Marauders, with 8 top-3 finishes and many more close behind. A few athletes who hadn't raced the week before also started their season at Don Wright.

Highlights include:
  • Kaitlyn Pansegrau leading the W 1000m from the gun and winning by 4 seconds.
  • Jeff Tweedle doing the same in the M 1000m and also gapping the men's field by 4 seconds. This puts him currently 2nd in the CIS rankings.
  • Women going 2-5th in the W 1500m.
  • Second place for Patrick Deane in the M 1500m.
  • Third place for Gabrielle Foram in the W 3000m.
  • Over 30s PB for Alannah Kelly in the W 3000m.
  •  Connor Darlington and Blair Morgan leading the M 3000m and finishing 1st and 2nd respectively. This run currently put them at 1st and 3rd in the CIS M 3000m rankings.
  • Connor Darlington set a new Meet Record in a time of 8:19.01.
Maddie B and Chelsea M in the W 1500m
PC: Maxine Gravina

As above, many Marauders are currently ranked well in the early CIS rankings, including 6 within the top 11 places in the M 3000m. Check out the rankings HERE.

Kaitlyn Pansegrau also was also honoured as the Pita Pit Athlete of the week for her win. Check out the article HERE.

Maxine Gravina was also back at it with her spectacular photo skills, check out her photos HERE.

The Marauders had this weekend off, and will race at York University Open, Jan 30th 2016.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

FISU Selection, Training Camp and Cheerios

Morgan and Schnurr to FISU Cross Country 2016

Morgan at the CIS Championships, PC: M. Gravina
Based on his impressive 8th place finish at the CIS Cross Country Championships in November, Captain Blair Morgan was awarded a spot on the National team heading to the FISU Championships in March. This will be his second time donning a red and white singlet; the first was two years ago at the FISU Championships in Entebbe, Uganda. This time he will represent McMaster and Canada in Cassino, Italy, amongst a field of the best University athletes from across the world.

Coach Paula Schnurr was also selected as an Assistant Coach for the same team, and she will help support and accompany the team. This is a special opportunity as she will be gaining valuable international coaching experience while guiding Morgan in the last race of his University career.

Read an article on Here

McMaster's Track Training Camp

Yesterday morning, about 20 team members arrived in Clermont Florida, for a week-long track training camp. They will be training on the track at the National Training Centre and the clay road in the Orange Groves. Coach Paula Schnurr is there to guide the training and keep them out of trouble. The Marauders will use this week of hard training to jumpstart the indoor track season. They will race for the first time three days after returning, at the Can-Am Meet in Windsor Jan 9th.

Ivan, Megan, Alison and Matt, PC: M. P. Hall

The Faces of our Cheerios

At the 2015 OUA Cross Country Championships, our Cheerios caught the eye of the talented Michael P. Hall, the official photographer for the OUA. He took portraits of each of the beautiful, painted faces. They are posted on his blog, go check them out!
This was also a special opportunity to see the smile behind the camera of most of the Mactrack photos, Maxine Gravina.
Thanks to Michael P. Hall, Maxine, our Cheerios and all our other supporters!

From the McMaster Track Family, we wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Race Recap: ACXC Nationals, TriOnt Awards, Bob Vigars Season Opener

Canadian Cross Country Championships 2015

Gabe, Nick and Paul         PC: M. Gravina
Fort Henry, Kingston was the setting for the 2015 Canadian Cross County Championships for the first of the next four consecutive years. As per usual for Fort Henry and for late November, the weather was windy and chilly. A number of the Harbour athletes and McMaster Alumni lined up for the last race of this cross country season. Overall, the Harbour Track teams finished up with a 4th place in Senior Women and 6th place in Senior Men. Many McMaster athletes were also racing for their hometown clubs. Additionally, a newly formed track club of McMaster Alumni, the Hamilton Bombers, finished a respectable 10th place.

Congrats to all on a great season!

National Cross Country Championships

November 28, 2015
Fort Henry, Kingston

Junior Women


Junior Men

60Jonathan FaveroOTTAWA LIONS T.F.C.




Senior Women
29Madeline McDonaldHARBOUR TRACK

30Stephanie MacNeillHARBOUR TRACK

34Julie HambletonHARBOUR TRACK

37Gabrielle ForanHARBOUR TRACK

45Chelsea MacKinnonHARBOUR TRACK


60Brittany HambletonHARBOUR TRACK


Senior Men

20Blair Morgan     PHYSI-KULT KINGSTON

32Derek Van SchepenHARBOUR TRACK


48Gabriel GhiglioneHARBOUR TRACK


74Patrick DeaneLONDON WESTERN T.F.C.

81Andrew BeardsallHARBOUR TRACK



Alumni include: Lindsay Carson, Victoria Coates, Megan Beverley, Keenan Viney, Andrew Yorke, Jordan Bierema, Larry Abbott, Noah Fleming

See full Results Here

See Maxine's great photos from the day Here

See a few photos by photographer Michael P. Hall Here

Elise, PC: Multisport Canada

2015 Triathlon Ontario Awards

Two McMaster Cross Country Athletes and one Alum were honoured at this year's Triathlon Ontario Awards, which took place on December 5th at McMaster. Taylor Forbes took home the Short Course Triathlete of the Year in the Elite Men's Category. Elise Bolger took four titles, more than any other triathlete. These included Junior Triathlete of the Year, the Indoor and the Junior Triathlon Provincial Champion Titles and finally the Junior Cup Series Winner Award. Alum Lionel Sanders won the titles  of Long Course Triathlete of the Year for Elite Men, and Provincial Championship in Long Course Triathlon.

See the Press Release Here

Bob Vigars Season Opener

Men's 3000m, PC: M. Gravina
A few Marauders took advantage of their cross country fitness to jump on the track at the Bob Vigars Season Opener at Western. There were Mac racers in events from the 60m to the 3000m. It proved to be a chance for many to set new PBs and get in a first track effort.

Full Results can be viewed Here

Maxine's Photos can be viewed Here

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Race Recap: CIS Championship and AO Championship

This past weekend marked the end, or the beginning of the end, for most of the Marauders cross country seasons. The racing got underway on Saturday at the Arboretum as the University of Guelph played host to the 2015 CIS XC Championships. The women got the Marauders off to a strong start with a 6th place showing, led by team captain Maddy McDonald in 29th place. Following Maddy in 38th place was veteran Chelsea Mackinnon, with PhD student Gabrielle Foran and Emily Nowak finishing side by side in 47th and 48th, and Maddie Benjamin rounded out the scoring with a 51st place finish. Acting as displacers, second year Lauren Locco finished in 68th and rookie Soren Meeuwisse in 97th. The 5 scorers were only separated by an impressive 54 second spread.

On the men's side, after a tight start that caused some falls, the Marauders ran to another strong 4th place finish. They were led by captain Blair Morgan finishing in 8th to earn his 2nd All-Canadian title, and Connor Darlington earned his first All-Canadian title in 12th. Following Connor, Taylor Forbes narrowly missed out on the top 14, finishing 15th. Austen Forbes in 42nd and Luke Charbonneau in 50th rounded out the top 5. Derek Van Schepen and Gabe Ghiglione took 66th and 70th as the displacers.

Full Results Write-Up

The next day, the championship season continued at Centennial Park in Etobicoke, where the AO XC Championships took place. 4 Marauders competed, as well as several alumni. In the junior men's race, rookies Jonathon Favero and Christian MacGillivray finish close together in 4th and 5th, respectively. 2nd year Matt Napier finished 16th. On the senior men's side, Paul Rochus was 11th. The Hamilton Bombers, a club composed of McMaster alumni, took second place with Andrew Yorke finishing 7th, Larry Abbott 13th, Jordan Bierema 15th, and Noah Fleming 17th. For the senior women, alumnus Megan Beverly finished 11th.

AO Results

Up next for many of the athletes is the Athletics Canada National XC Championships in Kingston on November 28th, and following that on December 5th the Bob Vigars Season Opener track meet in London.

Also, congratulations to our triathletes on their 2015 Triathlon Ontario Awards: Taylor Forbes for being named Short Course Triathlete of the Year, Elise Bolger for being named Junior Triathlete of the Year, and alumnus Lionel Sanders as the Long Course Triathlete of the Year.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

2015 CIS Top 7 Spotlight

CIS Top 7 Spotlight

With the 2015 CIS Championships just around the corner, our Media Guru Maxine Gravina made up a beautiful graphic visual to introduce the top seven runners. Without further delay, here are the Men and Women who sill be representing McMaster on Saturday in Guelph!

(Click to see in larger view)

Marauders in the Hamilton Spectator

Cecelia Carter Smith wrote a great piece on the McMaster team and their success at the OUA Championships. Carter Smith herself is a decorated athlete; former World Record holder in track, four-time Canadian Champion a member of the McMaster Sports Hall of Fame and the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction.

Read the Article Here

Cross Country Vignette by Leggat Care Foundation

As a sponsor of the McMaster Athletics, Leggat Auto Group has put together a series of vignettes featuring some of McMaster's CIS sports teams. Here is the one featuring Cross Country, take a look!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Double OUA Bronze: Making McMaster History

2015 OUA Cross Country Championships

This past Saturday October 31, 2015 will go down in the record books as the first time both the McMaster Men's and Women's Cross Country stood on the OUA Podium. Both teams finished with bronze medals, after great races at the Columbia Icefield in Waterloo, ON.

Men's Bronze, PC: M. Gravina

Women's Bronze, PC: M. Gravina

The article did a great job-recapping the races:

"Justifying their ever-improving places in the CIS rankings, the Marauder cross country teams each fulfilled their potential on Saturday to claim team bronze at the OUA Championships in Waterloo.

Three members of the no. 4-ranked Marauder men's team were named as OUA All-Stars in the wake of their 10km race, as Blair Morgan cracked the first team while Connor Darlington and Taylor Forbes were included in the second team. McMaster's low post on the women's side, Maddy McDonald missed inclusion in the all-star ranks by just two places, finishing 16th.

McMaster's men repeated as OUA bronze medallists -- and claimed their third straight podium position at the conference championships -- with a team total of 64 points. Morgan was the Marauders top finisher, crossing the line in sixth with Darlington following hot on his heels to finish
Sprint Finish with Darlington and Forbes, PC: M. Gravina
 eighth and Forbes shadowing his teammate for ninth. Taylor's brother Austen scored fourth for McMaster, placing 18th, while Gabriel Ghiglione completed the scoring by crossing the finish line 23rd.

Completing Mac's seven-man contingent were Derek Van Schepen, who placed 27th, and Luke Charbonneau, who placed 40th.

Meanwhile, the Marauder women provided something of an upset on Saturday, overtaking the higher
Women Off the Start, PC: C. Morgan
-ranked Toronto Varsity Blues to nab a podium position. McDonald, as she has been for years, was McMaster's leader on the day, finishing 16th to score first. A clutch performance from Emily Nowak saw the third-year racer cross the line just two places behind McDonald to finish 18th and score second.

Veteran Gabrielle Foran was McMaster's third scorer, placing 21st, and fellow vet Chelsea Mackinnon had a great recovery after falling early on, to cross the line 22nd. Completing the scoring for the Marauders, Maddie Benjamin finished 26th as McMaster sealed a total of 103 team points.

Lauren Locco and Soren Meeuwisse rounded out the group of seven, finishing 32nd and 43rd respectively."

Special congrats to Derek Van Schepen, Lauren Locco and Soren Meeuwisse who were running for the first time at an OUA Championship.


Read the full Article HERE

Read the Recap HERE

Cheerios, PC: M. Gravina
Another important contributing factor to Saturday's performance were the team members, friends and family who were there to support. The McMaster Cheerios had the most spirit, and were the only ones with flags and face paint. Thank you very much to everyone who were there supporting, and who sent their best wishes.
Face Painting, PC: M. Gravina

We are also lucky to have a number of fantastic photographers who were there to capture the day's events.  Below are the links to two Facebook Albums so you can relive Saturday's blood, sweat and tears.

Mac track's OUA Photo Album (Taken by Maxine Gravina)

Clive Morgan's OUA Photo Album

(Better late than never, right?)

2015 Queen's Open Recap

PC: M. Gravina
On October 17th, the McMaster Cross Country Teams raced at the Queen's Open at Fort Henry, Kingston. The Men took the Team title, with a very tight pack and 5 men finishing at 32:00 or under. Blair Morgan did his fair share of pulling the pack and gapped the field through the middle of the race. Connor Darlington had a very strong finish for 3rd place, 14 seconds behind the leader, and Captain Morgan finished close behind. Luke Charbonneau, Derek Van Schepen and Gabe Ghiglione finished 9th, 10th, and 12th respectively to round out the top 5. Jeff Tweedle had a great run despite two taped Achilles for 18th to bring the total to 6 Marauders of the top 20 finishers. The rest of the men rose to the occasion as well, representing McMaster well.
Rookie Alison Head PC: M. Gravina

On the women's side, the Marauders took home the Team silver, finishing behind the Queen's Gaels. Maddy McDonald finished 6th and Emily Nowak had a fantastic race to finish 14th as the 2nd McMaster lady. Gabrielle Foran, Chelsea Mackinnon and Maddie Benjamin were close behind, finishing 15th, 17th and 20th respectively. The other Lady Marauders also had a very strong showing, including the first University Cross Country race for rookies Soren Meeuwisse and Megan Black.

In both cases, the McMaster teams finished with the smallest spread (time between first and fifth scorer) which boded well going into the OUA Championships.

Full Results Here

See Maxine Gravina's great photos HERE

Read the article here