Mac track teams in stride

McMasterThe Marauders continued to make steady gains on the track as the bulk of McMaster’s men’s and women’s teams travelled to Toronto to compete at the York Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 2).

The men’s sprinters enjoyed another solid outing, as the 4x200m team of Scott Hutchinson, Rudy Baronette, Connor Mabbott, and Garrick Mok finished a mere three one-hundredths of a second off the pace and finished second with a time of 1:30.29. That places the team ninth among Canadian Interuniversity Sport competitors and fourth in Ontario University Athletics.

Rookie distance runner Keenan Viney placed third at the 3,000m distance on Saturday, posting a time of 8:53.73 in the process.

Jillian Wyman placed second in the women’s 1000m event, completing the distance in 2:58.85 to provide the highlight for the Marauders’ distance runners at York. Teammate Laura Morrison competed alongside Wyman and finished fourth with a time of 3:03.95.

Jessica Tat was the leader once again for the women’s sprinters, achieving a personal best at the 300m distance with a time of 41.27 that ranked her seventh at the meet and 14th among OUA performances this season.

Coates,_Victoria[1]Meanwhile, Marauder veteran Victoria Coates made the trip to South Bend, Indiana to compete at the University of Notre Dame’s Meyo Invitational, and completed the 3,000m race in 9:49.26. That time is the third-fastest posted in the CIS this season.

McMaster now boasts 11 performances that currently qualify for the CIS Championships, and the teams hope to add to that total this weekend as they split up to tackle the Windsor Team Challenge and the Valentine Invitational meet in Boston.