The Marauder men swept the 1,000m podium and Jill Wyman vaulted herself into the top ten in the country at that same distance as McMaster’s track teams competed at the Don Wright Invitational meet hosted by Western University on Saturday (Jan. 19).
The trio of Jeremy Walsh, Eric Barry and Sean Bowen dominated their competitors en route to personal-best times and an all-Marauder medal haul. Walsh, a fourth-year veteran, led the race from start to finish, and claimed the gold medal in 2:31.02, while Barry (2:32.99) and Bowen (2:33.92) followed close behind.
Wyman also led her 1,000m race from the starting gun and ran what coach Paula Schnurr called a “smart race” in 2:57.76 to nab the top spot on the podium and the seventh-fastest time in Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
Teammate Claire Stewart finished two places behind Wyman to join her at the podium with a time of 3:06.56.
Other standouts from McMaster included long distance specialist Taylor Forbes and sprinter Connor Mabbott, who both raced for the first time this season. Rookie Forbes kicked off his 2013 campaign with a second-placed finish in the men’s 1,500m event, crossing the line in 4:02.85 that stands as a personal best.
Fellow first-year Mabbott ran the men’s 300m race in 37.47, placing third on the day and cracking the OUA standard in that event.
On the women’s side, Kara McPherson reached the podium with a bronze-worthy effort in the 300m race, achieving a personal best with a time of 43.53.
The Marauders’ season continues on Friday (Jan. 25) when the McMaster teams travel to Montreal to take part in the McGill Invitational.
Full results from the Don Wright Invitational can be found here: http://www.westernmustangs.ca/documents/2013/1/19/2013_Don_Wright_Meet_Results__2_.htm?id=1360