CHICAGO – Jessica Pearo continued her firecracker kick off to the 2010 cross country season by clocking 17:33 to win the 38th annual Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational today in Chicago.
Led by Pearo, the Marauder women, the No. 1 ranked women’s university team in Canada, placed second overall, trailing Northwestern (56) by only three points and beating out 39 other teams from across Canada and the United States. Their finish was an improvement on last season’s bronze medal performance in a race where there were fewer teams.
Victoria Coates and Katie Anderson also finished in the top ten – eighth and tenth respectively – with times of 18:07 and 18:11. Also scoring for the McMaster women were Stephanie MacNeil (18:15) and Sara Giovannetti (18:37).
Andrew Yorke crossed the line first for Mac in the men’s 8km race with his time of 25:19, which ranked him just shy of the top ten in 11th. Sophomore Taylor Reid placed 33rd out of the 528 participants and captain Larry Abbott rounded out the men’s top three in 25:57 for 42nd place.
The men’s team finished 13th out of the 41-team pack.
McMaster will now travel to London to participate in the Mustang Open on Thursday, Oct. 7.