Held out of the Marauders first two meets of the 2018 season, McMaster’s reigning Rookie of the Year Max Turek made a statement upon his return in Chicago Saturday.
The Whitby, Ont. native finished the eight kilometre course at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational in 24:20, scoring seventh overall to lead the Marauders to team silver in a race full of NCAA Division I and II competition.
Turek crossed the line 21 seconds ahead of teammate Sergio Raez Villanueva, who scored second for the Marauders and 15th overall, while Dylan Alick provided Mac’s third score in 22nd.
Rounding out the scoring for McMaster, Christian MacGillivray finished in 25:05 to score 34th, while rookie Andrew Davies crossed the line three seconds later to score 37th.
The Marauders group score of 115 points placed them second in the team standings behind the meet winners and NCAA Division II third-ranked Grand Valley State, and ahead of Division I teams including third-placed Nebraska, fourth-placed Arizona and fifth-placed Texas A&M.
Making the fifth trip to the Loyola Lakefront Invitational in program history, the Mac men’s silver was a best-ever finish, with Turek, Raez Villanueva and Alick achieving the three fastest individual times in McMaster’s history at the meet.
In the women’s five kilometre field, third-year Kristen Kuhn returned to competition after missing McMaster’s trip to London, and led the Marauders by placing 79th in a time of 18:34.
Emma Waddington, who paced McMaster in Kuhn’s absence a week earlier, scored second for the Marauders and 85th overall, while rookie Caroline Forbes followed nine seconds, and 10 places back in 95th.
Making her season debut, fourth-year runner Rachel Faulds scored fourth for the Marauders and 100th overall in 18:53, with rookie Renelle Briggs completing the scoring in 106th.
Mac’s team total of 465 points placed them 15th as a group in the 33-team field, and second among OUA teams at the event behind the 11th-placed Western Mustangs.
Next up McMaster enjoys a week away from competition before concluding its preparations for the OUA and U SPORTS Championships by hosting its second-annual Marauders Bayfront Open at Bayfront Park on Friday, October 12.
Source: Fraser Caldwell