Track And Field Elite In Windsor

Can-Am 2015 Sarah Swain 250 pole vault

Sarah Swain clears the bar in the pole vault for Windsor at the 2015 CanAm track meet on 9 January.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The building blocks of any sport are the ability to run, jump, and throw. Without those basic components, you won’t be very good at any athletic endeavour. The best of Ontario was on display last night (and today) at St Denis Fieldhouse as universities gathered for the annual Lancer CanAm Track Meet.

Hundreds of the best are in Windsor to compete in 16 different track and field events. Canadian and Ontario champions, highly ranked OUA tracklethes, and up and comers have arrived to test their mettle against the highest calibre of competition.

Can-Am 2015 Ryan Banks 191 3000m

Ryan Banks competes in the 3000m for the Lancers at the 2015 CanAm track meet.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Friday evening’s events started right on time (kudos to organizers and officials) with the preliminary heats of the 60m hurdles, on the track, while pole vault, shot put, and triple jump commenced, in the field events. The evening progressed with the 3000m, 4 x200m relay, and the 4 x 800m relay timed sections, and the 60m hurdles finals.

Can-Am 2015 Mitchell Long 227 Charl Fourie 205 60m hurdles

Mitchell Long (left) and Charl Fourie during the 60m hurdles preliminaries Friday evening at St Denis Fieldhouse.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Saturday’s competition continues with the preliminaries and finals in the 60m, 300m, 600m, 1000m, and 1,500m sprints and distance runs, the 4 x 400m relays, and the weight throw, long jump, high jump, and pole vault in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

Can-Am 2015 Alexa Lamothe 226 60m hurdles

Windsor’s Alexa Lamothe (226) clears the final hurdle before the finish line.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

In addition to the regular track and field season for the Windsor Lancers, St Denis will also be the site of the CIS National Championships March 12-14. If you can’t get to the Fieldhouse this time around, you have a second chance to see the best of the best at Nationals.


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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