Rousing Results At 35th Can Am Classic


The 35th Can Am Classic was held at St Denis Fieldhouse on January 8 and 9, 2016.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Almost 500 athletes registered for the 35th Can Am Classic held at St Denis Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday, and which featured Canadian Olympian, and former Lancer, Melissa Bishop. Windsor received strong performances from a number of athletes including personal bests and qualifiers for the National Championships in March.


Allie Parks (214) follows Stephanie Smith in the women’s 3000m Friday evening. Smith won the finals in a time of 10:00.56 and Parks was 2nd at 10:13.53.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

D’Andra Layne finished 4th in the women’s 60m dash with a time of 7.79 while Jaiden Brown took 3rd in the men’s at 6.97. Chris Kramer won a 3rd place in the men’s 300m at 35.18 and Matt McLaughlin won the men’s 600m run in 1:23.24.

Other UWindsor winners included Alex Ullman in the men’s 1000m at 2:28.26 and Stef Smith in the women’s 3000m at 10:00.56.


Nikkita Holder (26) of the Flying Angels flies to a preliminary win en route to a 1st place win in the 60m hurdles 8.1 seconds, a new Can Am Classic record.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Matt Brisson, of the University of Windsor Athletic Club, achieved the CIS standard in the men’s 60m hurdles with a 1st place finish of 8.10 seconds, just 0.19 seconds off the meet record.

The women’s 4x400m event was won by Windsor Select ‘A’, featuring Nicole Sassine, Noelle Montcalm, Heather Kurpe, and Olympian Melissa Bishop, in a meet record of 3:44.85.


Canadian Olympian, and former Windsor Lancer, Melissa Bishop returned to St Denis. Bishop, along with Nicole Sassine, Noelle Montcalm, and Heather Kurpe set a new Can Am Classic record in the women’s 4×400 relay with a time of 3:44.85.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

In the field events, Branden Wilhelm, the current meet record holder, met the CIS standard in high jump by clearing 2.05m. Likewise, Chris Waugh qualified for nationals in men’s pole vault with a 4.79m clearance.

For the full results, visit the Can Am Classic web page.

The Lancers track and field team will travel to Allendale, MI, for Friday’s Bob Eubanks Invitational.


Brittany Salmon of the University of Toronto clears the bar in the women’s pole vault. Salmon finished 3rd at a height of 3.78m.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.


Windsor’s Rachael Wolfs clears the bar at 3.78m for 2nd place in the women’s pole vault.
Photo by John Skinner.


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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