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The McMaster University Marauders are set for the 2013 CIS cross country season and are fielding quality teams (men’s and women’s) who look to build upon a very strong 2012 campaign. Both teams should finish top-four at the CIS championships. When it comes down to intangibles, such as weather and injuries only the University of Guelph Gryphons can be considered unbeatable.

Team coach Rory Sneyd provided slightly tempered enthusiasm, “the season is looking pretty promising so far, but it is early days yet.  Overall, the group is fit and motivated for what is to come.  We think that both of our teams are capable of vying for podium sports at the OUA and CIS Champs.”

On the men’s side, Connor Darlington and Lionel Sanders should be able to run with the best in country.  Darling won the 5000m at the 2013 Canada Summer Games, finishing in a new personal best time of 14:33.56 and Sanders is coming off a big win at the Muskoka Half-Ironman.  “Taylor Reid will be nipping at their heels as he is coming off of a solid season of triathlon training and racing.  Rookie Paul Rochus has impressed us early on and he ran a solid 32:22 on the track just before getting here,” shared Sneyd.

During the 2012 CIS cross country championships, the men’s team finished sixth overall with 172 points, 17 points ahead of seventh place Regina and 11 points behind Queen’s.  The team standings appeared close as second overall Laval finished with 101 points, while Regina had 172 – six of the top seven were between 100 and 200 points, meanwhile perennial powerhouse Guelph was a clear-cut winner with 38 points in the reverse scoring system.

Montreal Endurance annual predictions were so confident in the CIS finishing position of the men. They placed McMaster fifth between Queen’s and Windsor and suggested that their position could be different, “this is where we start flipping coins.”

The key differentiator for McMaster is Jordan Bierema. If he stays healthy (was injured in 2012), the team could leapfrog Windsor, but every member of any CIS team must perform to get into the top three, to mix it up with Victoria, Laval, Guelph and Windsor.

McMaster’s women’s team is also predicted – according to Montreal Endurance – to end up fifth overall between Toronto (4th) and Queen’s (6th).  They finished second overall with a scant 61 points in 2012, to Guelph’s dominating 21 points.

It is important that Maddy McDonald has a great year. Both Courtney Patterson and McDonald should have strong seasons and according to coach Sneyd, “should contend for All-Canadian honours.” Sneyd also added, “McDonald is coming off a summer where she ran 9:32 for 3000m and earned a silver medal at the Pan-American Junior Championships.  Patterson is in her fifth year and the additional 1000m will definitely play to her strength.  Incoming athletes Kierstin Myers, Phoebe Cseresnyes, Emily Nowak, and Adrienne Morgan have also really impressed us”.

In regards to key meets that coach Sneyd is targeting for his teams to do well, he said, “We hope to field our complete championship contingent for the first time at the QSSF/AUS Interlock meet to be held in Montreal on October 12th.  We will race the Western International on September 21st and the Vic Matthews Open on September 28th but few of our top athletes will be racing both of these meets. We are tremendously excited to host the OUA Championships at home at the Chedoke Golf Course on October 26th and it would be fantastic to have two teams on the podium on that day.  I respect and admire Bob Vigars a great deal and it would be pretty sweet to celebrate his distinguished career while celebrating some great McMaster team performances on November 9th in London.”

2013 Rosters:

Full Name                                                            Elig.

Barry, Eric
Beardsall, Andrew
Belore, Nick
Bierema, Jordan
Charbonneau, Luke
Coley, Calum
Daley, Patrick
Darlington, Connor
Deane, Patrick
Foran, Sam
Forbes, Austen
Forbes, Taylor
Ghiglione, Gabe
Kolb, Paul
Kondrat, Nick
Lai, Jeramie
Lariviere, Greg
Meizinger, Ivan
Morgan, Blair
Reid, Taylor
Rochus, Paul
Sanders, Lionel
Tweedle, Jeff
VanSchepen, Derek
Xu, Rui





2012 CIS Championship Results:


1. Guelph, 21 points
2. McMaster, 62
3. Western, 107
4. Victoria, 161
5. Calgary, 195
6. Windsor, 197
7. McGill, 199
8. Dalhousie, 245
9. Toronto, 260
10. Waterloo, 265
11. Queen’s, 273
12. StFX, 274
13. Trinity Western, 336
14. Laval, 366
15. Saskatchewan, 366
16. Sherbrooke, 391
17. Manitoba, 415


1. Guelph, 38 points
2. Laval, 101
3. Windsor, 104
4. Victoria, 131
5. Queen’s, 161
6. McMaster, 172
7. Regina, 189
8. Calgary, 207
9. Western, 266
10. Lakehead, 271
11. StFX, 285
12. Wilfrid Laurier, 299
13. Waterloo, 306
14. Trinity Western, 372
15. Sherbrooke, 430
16. McGill, 459
17. Saskatchewan, 469
18. Manitoba, 486