McMaster’s Courtney Patterson placed third in the women’s division of Western University’s International Meet which jump started the Marauders’ cross country teams seasons on Saturday (Sept. 21).
Patterson completed the five-kilometre course in 18 minutes and 16 seconds. Next best finish for McMaster was Kierstin Myers. The former runner for Western was 21st while first-year Emily Nowak crossed the line just behind her to finish first among Canadian Interuniversity Sport rookies.
Phoebe Cseresnyes – a high school standout while at Hamilton’s Westdale and top Marauder recruit – was poised to finish among the top 20 before pulling up with an injury in the final kilometre of the race.
Mac’s women’s team was missing many of its top performers who were adjusting from a grueling but successful summer season on the track. The most conspicuous absence for Mac was sophomore Maddy McDonald, who recently climbed the podium in Medellin, Colombia, where she finished second in the 3,000m event at the Junior Pan American Athletics Championships in August.
The McMaster men’s team was without five of its top seven runners in London, as Lionel Sanders, Connor Darlington, Taylor Reid, Taylor Forbes and Austen Forbes all sat out of the season-opening meet.
It fell to team captain Blair Morgan to score first for the short-staffed Marauders, finishing the eight-kilometre course in 25:58 to place 17th overall. Second-year Gabe Ghiglione placed 23rd while first-year Paul Rochus enjoyed a strong debut, ranking as the top CIS rookie at the meet and finishing 31st in 26:21.
Eric Barry and rookie Nick Belore completed the scoring for the Marauders, placing 43rd and 45th.
McMaster returns to competition in a week’s time. McDonald, Sanders and Taylor Forbes are all slated to make their debuts when the Marauders travel to Guelph for the Vic Matthews Open on Saturday (Sept. 28).