Mac runners in full stride at two meets

Leading a six-athlete split squad to Boston, Maddy McDonald broke a McMaster record in the 3,000m event that positions her fourth among Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s runners at that distance.

Maddy McDonald  (Photo: Pete Self/McMaster Athletics)

Maddy McDonald (Photo: Pete Self/McMaster Athletics)

McDonald’s time of 9:34.44 was two seconds shy of her personal best, but four of the six Marauders who made the trek to Boston bettered their previous standards.

And a week after a top-three finish at McGill, Chelsea Mackinnon continued her impressive season by posting a personal best of 2:51.87 in the 1,000m event, placing her sixth in Ontario University Athletics at that distance. Jeff Tweedle, competing in the men’s 1,000m field, smashed his previous standard by a full four seconds with a time of 2:27.71, ranking him 11th in OUA. In the very same race, Eric Barry set a new personal best with a time of 2:32.29.

Distance specialist and cross-country standout Blair Morgan continued to inch up the OUA time standards at 3,000m, posting 8:30.94 that places him 12th in the conference. In the same race, Jordan Bierema established a new personal best of 8:31.86.

The remainder of the Marauder teams stayed in Ontario to compete at the Windsor Team Challenge, where McMaster’s men dominated at 3,000m. Taylor Forbes claimed gold, crossing the line almost a full 10 seconds ahead of his brother, Austen, in 8:26.82. Second-year runner Gabe Ghiglione finished fifth, with rookie Paul Rochus and Derek Van Schepen following immediately behind.

Kaitlyn Pansegrau delivered the highlight on the women’s side, winning silver in the 1,000m event in a time of 3:02.58.

The Marauders return to competition on Friday (Feb. 14), when they travel to Toronto for the Last Chance meet hosted by the Varsity Blues, in the final tune-up before the OUA Championships on Feb. 21.