The McMaster men’s cross country team finished fourth at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships on Saturday (Nov. 9), while the women Marauders placed sixth.
The Marauders fourth place finish in the men’s team standings was McMaster’s best showing on the national stage since 2000. And they did it without the services of highly touted Connor Darlington. Maddy McDonald’s 18th-place finish paced the Marauder women, whose sixth place finish was two position better than their seeded No. 8 spot in the national final rankings.
A nagging injury saw Darlington scratched prior to the men’s 10-kilometre race, but the duo of Lionel Sanders and Blair Morgan performed admirably in his absence. The two were named Second Team All-Canadians after finishing 10th and 11th respectively to lead the scoring for McMaster.
Gabe Ghiglione enjoyed a tremendous run on Saturday, scoring third for the Marauders by placing 20th. He scored sixth and placed 44th at the Ontario University Athletics championships two weeks ago. His unexpected leap into the upper echelon was a huge help to McMaster’s final score.
Brothers Taylor and Austen Forbes provided the fourth and fifth results for the Marauders, finishing side-by-side in 36th and 37th respectively. McMaster’s sixth and final score came courtesy of Taylor Reid, who struggled with illness en route to a 42nd-placed finish after leading the Marauders at the OUA Championships.
The future appears bright for McMaster’s men, who will return all six of their scorers from this year’s race, and should boast a healthy Darlington once more.
Meanwhile, Maddy McDonald led the Marauder women to a sixth-place finish as a team, bettering its projected spot in the national rankings. The second-year runner finished 18th to score first, and was followed by Courtney Patterson in 34th.
Kierstin Myers (39th), Emily Nowak (53), Racquel Burgess (64th) and Chelsea MacKinnon (77th) rounded out the scoring for the Marauders.