The Head Cross Country Coach of the McMaster Marauders, Rory Sneyd, is excited to be back at the Western International this Saturday and is looking for his team to build upon last year’s performances. While has decided to sit out some of his top dogs on the men’s side, he is excited to see his ‘chase pack’ of men have the opportunity to prove themselves. Sneyd is looking to London, Ontario native Katie Anderson to lead the women’s team this season. Anderson will make her season debute in Chicago at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational.
What brings you back to the Western International year after year?
The short answer is – Bob Vigars. Bob puts on a first-class meet and
no detail is overlooked – whether it is his meticulous record-keeping,
the near-instanteous results, or the complimentary pizza feed after the
meet. I can’t think of a better setting for our new team members to
don the McMaster uniform for the first time.
How will Saturday’s race prepare you for the postseason?
It is an assessment to see where the team is at coming out of the gate.
We are curious to see how our new members stack up in comparison to
our veterans and see what gains our veterans have made in the last 6-12
months. On the men’s side, we have four or five veterans who, for a
variety of reasons, won’t be starting their season here. This is an
opportunity for a few guys to make a case as to why we should be
considering them come post-season time.
What is your team’s primary objective this season?
To do better than they have before – both individually and
Describe your team leaders and your team dynamics.
I am happy to say that the team recently voted Katie Anderson and Cory
McCurry as their 2011 team captains. Katie missed last year’s indoor
season due to illness and we suspect that this illness was affecting
her at the tail end of last year’s cross season. Katie has some
unfinished business in cross and on the track and we know that she will
be great at motivating her teammates. Cory is a fifth-year guy who has
had a few clutch runs for the men’s team in championship races. We’ve
talked as coaches about athletes having the “eye of the tiger” when
they know this is their final collegiate season and we are sensing that
in Cory this year.
We have a close-knit team who spend a lot of time together. The guys
are hosting a pasta party on Friday night and I am aware of various
steak nights, cake nights, and so forth. This togetherness is really
gratifying to see. We also really enjoy seeing how our athletes are
genuinely thrilled when their teammates excel. The group of guys who
Jess Pearo trained with last year were absolutely ecstatic to see her
win the OUA and CIS titles. The athletes definitely care about each
other and as cliche as it sounds, there definitely is a family-feeling
Where can we expect to see your team competing next?
We are off to Chicago for the Loyola Lakefront Invitational. Our women
are hoping to win the meet this year after placing 2nd there in 2010.
Learn more about the McMaster Cross Country program.
About The Western International Cross Country Invitational
The Western International Cross Country Invitational is one of North America’s most prestigious cross country races. The 37th edition is set to take place at the Thames Valley Golf Course in London, Ontario, Canada this Saturday, September 24th.
Runners Feed Ltd. is a proud sponsor of the 2011 Western International Cross Country Invitational. Visit our booth to purchase a limited edition Runners Feed t-shirt, and grab a free Vitamin Water while you’re at it!
9:00 AM Alumni/Alumnae 5 KM
10:00 AM Women’s 5 KM
10:50 AM Men’s 10 KM
11:45 AM Award Ceremony