Mac recruits on track to please

Two of the new runners joining the Marauder cross country and track teams this fall are already living up to the standard the McMaster coaching staff anticipates from their athletes.

McMaster recruits Madeline McDonald and Kaitlyn Pansegrau were recently recognized by the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations for their outstanding records in athletics and academics.

A graduate of Toronto’s Lawrence Park Collegiate, McDonald is the 2012 recipient of the Brian Maxwell Memorial Track Scholarship, which includes a $5,000 award. The Marauder’s top recruit, McDonald was the OFSAA champion at 3000-metres and in July captured the Gold medal over the same distance at the Canadian Junior National Championships.

Receiving the $1,000 Recognition for Excellence Award is Pansegrau from Highland Secondary School in Dundas. Named Female Athlete of the Year at Highland, Pansegrau was a top-20 finisher in the OFSAA senior girls’ 1500-metre steeplechase in each of the last two years.

The Marauder coaches, Rory Sneyd, Paula Schnurr and Peter Self issued a joint statement about the awards for McDonald and Pansegrau.

“The Brian Maxwell award speaks to the type of quality student athletes that we continue to attract to McMaster.”

“Madeline and Kaitlyn are very enthusiastic to pursue studies in McMaster’s exceptional Kinesiology program. They are following in the footsteps of some of the finest scholar-athletes who have excelled in the Marauder program, most notably Jonathon Little, recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Medal award and CIS cross country champion and McMaster two-time female athlete of the year, Jessica Pearo.”

McDonald becomes the latest Marauder runner to receive the Brian Maxwell Award, following Katie Anderson and Chelsea MacKinnon.