Mac track team runs for OUA medals

McMaster’s distance unit continued to excel this weekend, taking home three bronze medals from Ontario University Athletics Track and Field Championships at Windsor.

(Photo: Maxine Gravina/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Maxine Gravina/McMaster Athletics)

Beaten only by the pair of Toronto’s Sacha Smart and Windsor’s Corey Bellemore — who both broke the previous OUA meet record — Mac’s Jeff Tweedle came away from the 1000m event with a bronze medal and beat the national standard with a time of 2:24.13 during the Friday and Saturday (Feb. 26-27) events

He was back in action again as the Marauders notched a pair of podium places in the 4x800m relays, with Tweedle, Connor Darlington, Nick Kondrat and Matt Napier winning OUA bronze and beating the Canadian Interuniversity Sport standard in a time of 7:40.43, while the women’s team of Chelsea Mackinnon, Emily Nowak, Kaitlyn Pansegrau and Maddie Benjamin also won bronze.

Other scores for the Marauders came courtesy of Benjamin, who crossed the line seventh in the 1500m event in a time of 4:41.71, and veteran Blair Morgan, who finished fifth in the 3000m with a time of 8:22.05.

Tweedle and his fellow national qualifers will now enjoy a week away from competition, before travelling to Toronto to take part in the CIS Championships, hosted by the York Lions between March 10-12.

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