His performance in Buffalo a week prior hinted at Max Turek’s potential as a scorer for McMaster. But Saturday in London, he confirmed it and more.
The rookie Marauder led his U SPORTS fifth-ranked team to the title in the men’s eight kilometre race at the Western International, scoring fourth overall and finishing alongside veteran teammate Jeff Tweedle, as Mac bested a field full of their OUA rivals.
Turek’s time of 25:21 was officially one second ahead of Tweedle, a U SPORTS All-Canadian in 2016.
The two paced Mac to a 47-point performance that earned the Marauders gold by a five-point margin over silver medalists and U SPORTS no. 6-ranked Queen’s. The U SPORTS no. 9-ranked Windsor Lancers followed in third with a team total of 63 points.
Another new arrival to McMaster, Melissa Caruso led the way for the Marauders women Saturday, scoring seventh in the women’s six kilometre race in a time of 22:22. Her low post helped Mac to seventh as a team.
Beyond the duo of Turek and Tweedle, the Mac men’s three remaining scorers stayed close, with Sergio Raez Villanueva scoring 10th (25:31), Jonathan Favero 13th (25:38) and Josh McGillivray 15th (25:46).
McGillivray’s brother Christian followed just three seconds and one place behind to provide McMaster’s sixth score, while Ben Forestell rounded out the top seven by scoring 21st in a time of 26:14.
With several of their veterans, including captain Erin Mawhinney and Emily Nowak, not competing, the Marauders women were led by new faces.
Behind Caruso, another former Mustang, Erin Snelgrove scored second for the Marauders in 28th (23:56), just three seconds and one place ahead of second-year runner Madeleine Kennedy.
Emma Waddington (28th) and rookie Meghan Rothenbroker (51st) wrapped up the scoring for Mac.
NEXT UP: Contingents from McMaster will head to Waterloo to take part in the Waterloo Open on Saturday, September 30, while Homecoming celebrations rage at home.
Source: Fraser Caldwell