Lancer Track Teams Shine

(TORONTO, ON) – The University of Windsor Lancers men’s and women’s track and field teams both repeated as Ontario University Athletics (OUA) champions on Saturday at the Toronto Track and Field Centre.
Both squads dominated the team competition throughout the weekend. The women nearly doubled up the second-place University of Guelph Gryphons, amassing 224 points to 113 by Guelph. The men earned 220 points and the Gryphons were again second with 117.5. This was the Lancer men’s 13th straight provincial title.
Lancers runners Noelle Montcalm of Windsor, Ont., and Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ont., both earned three gold medals at the meet in addition to the team championship. Montcalm finished atop the podium in the 60m and 60m hurdles and was also part of the gold-medal winning 4 x 200m team, while Bishop was the fastest in the 600m, 1000m and part of the 4 x 800m team that also crossed the finish line first.
Montcalm’s victory in the 60m was part of a Windsor sweep in the event. Nicole Sassine of Windsor, Ont., and Camille Wallace of Toronto finished second and third, respectively.
The Lancers men won three gold medals on Saturday. Dwayne Harriott finished first in the triple jump, Jake Pfaff of Amherstburg, Ont., won the pole vault and Eldridge crossed the line in the 600m first. Teammate Mitch Tome of Windsor, Ont., came in just behind in third place.
Next up for the track and field teams are the CIS championships, which take place in two weeks (March 10-12) at the University of Sherbrooke.
1. Windsor, 224 points
2. Guelph, 113
3. Western, 109
4. Ottawa 70
5. Toronto, 57
6. York, 43
7. McMaster, 28
8. Queen’s, 14
T9. Laurentian, 2
T9. Laurier, 2
1. Windsor, 220 points
2. Guelph, 117.5
3. Western, 82.5
4. York, 70.5
5. Ottawa, 46
6. Toronto, 42
7. Queen’s, 28
8. Waterloo, 25.5
9. McMaster, 14
10. Lakehead, 12
11. RMC, 3
12. Laurier, 1

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