By: John Bauer
The McMaster Marauders track team raced at the largest meet in the country from Jan. 25-26 at the McGill Team Challenge in Montreal. The team came back happy, with some fast times and some new school records that have ranked some individuals within the top five in the country.
To start off the meet, veteran Jill Wyman ran a time of 2:58 and came tenth in the 1000m race.
In the 3000m, Courtney Patterson came seventh overall with a time of 10:15.
Next on the track was the women’s 4x200m, where the Marauder team was looking to finally break the school record, after just narrowly missing it two weeks before. The team comprised of the speedy Jessica Tat, Abi Shanmuguratnam, Kara McPherson and Latisha Rhooms did just that at the Tomlinson Centre, running a 1:45.15 to set a brand new school record in the 4x200m relay, and to rank them twelfth in the country.
In the 4x800m relay, the men’s team comprised of Brandon Huzevka, Taylor Fox, Eric Barry and Paul Scholl came fourth overall, running a time of 8:05 that currently sits them at eighth in the country.
On Saturday, Jan. 26, Jessica Tat finished fourth in the 600m with a time of 1:33, which puts her in the tenth spot in Canada.
In the men’s 300m, Marauder Scott Hutchinson ran the fastest time of the entire field, running a 33.85 and breaking the school record (which he had set himself) in the process. This time currently sits Hutchinson second overall in the country. Not too far behind him was teammate Rudy Baronette, who ran to a time of 34.85 which also broke the previous record, and placed him fourth overall, and fifth in the country.
Lastly, in the 1500m, CIS Cross Country bronze medallist and recent Mary Keyes award recipient Victoria Coates finished eighth overall with a time of 4:36, putting her in the eleventh spot in the country, while teammate Jill Wyman was not too far behind in 4:37 which puts her at twelfth in Canada.
In the men’s 1500m, Taylor Forbes finished ninth overall in 3:56.37, which puts him in thirteenth in the country, while teammate Jeremy Walsh was extremely close to Forbes with a time of 3:56.95, a time that puts him in the fifteenth spot overall in Canada.
Next up for the Marauders is the York Invitational at York University on Feb. 2, where the team hopes to get some more fast times on the track, and to set new personal best times.