Mac track team off to strong start

Windsor – Lindsay Carson and Katie Anderson improved their national rankings after strong outings by the McMaster Marauders track team at Windsor’s Can-Am Meet.

Carson (Cambridge, Ont.) and Anderson (Exeter, Ont.) finished second and third, respectively, in the 1500m event at the first track meet of the season. Their finishes now have them ranked third and fourth in the country while Jillian Wyman (Dundas), who ran earlier this year in the 1500m, is positioned sixth nationally.

In the 1000m, Wyman took first place with a time of 2:56.66, ranking her third in Canada.

Other top finishers at the Windsor meet included Graham Bowes (Kanata, Ont.) with a third place finish in the 3000m. Bowes ran his personal best in the event with a time of 8:34.55 and is presently ranked seventh in the country.

Andrew Bysice (Oakville) placed seventh in the same event with a personal best time of 8:48.61 and Cory McCurry (Bright’s Grove, Ont.) finished right behind Bysice in eighth with a personal best time of 8:54.90. All three men in the 3000m event ran the Ontario University Athletics standard.

In the men’s 300m, Jimmy Tat (Oakville) placed fifth with a time of 35.92 and Rudy Baronette (Hamilton) finished tenth at 36.15. George DeCenzo (Brampton) placed ninth in the 600m with a time of 1:24.40.

Rookie Chelsea MacKinnon (Hamilton) took fourth in the 1000m run with a time of 3:00.52, ranking her ninth in the country. Rookie Laura Morrison (London) was seventh in 3:02.08 and rookie Sarah Wilson (Stratford) finished ninth at 3:;04.28. All the women in this event ran the OUA standard.

Jessica Tat (Oakville), who usually runs the 300m, moved up to the 600m distance for the first time and placed sixth with a time of 1:37.98, ranking her 13th in Canada.

Next up for the McMaster track team is the Don Wright Meet on Jan. 21.