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. 

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