Lancers Strong At CanAm Classic

By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – At least as far as track and field, it seems that the Universities of Windsor and Guelph are the place to be. Friday and Saturday saw the 35th edition of the CanAm Classic at St Denis and the two schools finished atop the medal standings with 25 each; also with nine gold each.

Friday the Windsor Lancers men’s 4×800 relay squad set a meet record with a time of 7:40.62, beating out Guelph by over seven seconds.

Windsor also won a gold in the women’s 60m hurdles as Amilia Di Chiara edged out Tomeizel Barry of Guelph by 0.04 seconds, winning with a time of 8.65 seconds.

Rounding out the winning for Friday was Celine Freeman-Gibb who exceeded the CIS standard for women’s shot put with a toss of 15.04m. She beat out Ashley Connel of Guelph by over a full meter.

On Day-2, Windsor picked up a further five golds, eight silvers, and seven bronzes, including a 1-2-3-4 finish in the men’s 1000m run. Windsor’s Alex Ullman set a new meet record for the race as he beat the 1987 mark, shaving off 0.04 seconds. He won in a time of 2:25.33.

The Windsor Lancers’ Branden Wilhelm set a new meet record in the men’s high jump as he vaulted 2.16m. He broke the previous mark of 2.15m set in 2009 by Windsor’s Derek Watkins.


Windsor’s Branden Wilhelm (r) finished fourth in the men’s 60m hurdles Friday night at St Dennis. He would go on to set a new meet record on Saturday in the men’s high jump. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


Toronto runners are out in front early on in the women’s 3000m run. They would drop back as Guelph finished 1st and 3rd in the race. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


Leanna Garcia let loose a throw of 10.79m for a 14th place finish in the women’s shot put. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


Amilia Di Chiara (3rd from right) legs it out after the final jump to win the women’s 60m hurdles. Sarah Swain (2nd from left) finished fourth. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


Two Windsor teams qualified for both the women’s 4×200 and 4×800 relays. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


Western University qualified five individuals in the men’s triple jump. Western took just a third place medal. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


Emilie Halle and the women’s 4x200m relay team finished third in the finals with a time of 1:44.89, less than a second behind York University. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


Guelph’s Tyler Hewlett led the men’s 3000m run from start to finish. Windsor’s Matt Hall finished 39.37 seconds back in a time of 9:27.09. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


Erika Fiedler, the record holder in women’s pole vault, finished second achieving a height of 3.75m. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


Windsor’s Sarah Swain matches stride for stride with a Waterloo runner shortly after the start of the women’s 4x800m relay. Photo by Ian Shalapata


Western’s Robin Bone clears the bar at 4.12m for a new CanAm Classic meet record in the women’s pole vault. Photo by Ian Shalapata.


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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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