Men Honour Fairall With OUA Championship


Corey Bellemore had a busy OUA Track and Field Championship on the track at the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse in Windsor. Bellemore won a gold and three silver medals, plus the men’s overall title on 26-27 February 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The inaugural event to be held in the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse was the 2015-16 OUA Track and Field Championships, on 26-27 February. And fittingly, the Windsor Lancers men’s team were named the over-all champs for the 23rd time in 26 years.

The Lancers’ effort was a balanced attack with multiple top three finishes in a number of events.

On the track, the men led the way in the sprints and distance runs. Corey Bellemore and Alex Ullman finished 2-3 in the 600m as Bellemore was edged out by Sacha Smart of Toronto.


Chris Waugh clears the bar at 4.95m to achieve the CIS standard and finish 2nd in the men’s pole vault.
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Bellemore also finished 2nd in the 1000m in a time 2:23.13. He and winner Smart both beat the previous meet record of 2:23.99.

Windsor’s Taylor McArthur and Paul Janikowski finished 2-3 in the men’s 1500m just a second behind Guelph’s Christian Gravel. Janikowski exacted some revenge as he took the gold in the 3000m, 3 seconds ahead of Gravel in 3rd and Western’s Jack Sheffar in 2nd.


A large crowd was on hand to cheer the Lancers during the 2016 OUA Track and Field Championship held in Windsor.
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Jaiden Brown, Chris Kramer, Shavon Harding, and Ildemaro Ponnambalam topped the 4x200m relay, beating the CIS standard at 1:28.74. Kramer, Brown, Matt McLaughlin, and Bellemore were less than 2 seconds behind the winning Toronto foursome in the 4×400 relay.

Bellemore also anchored the winning 4×800 relay team of McArthur, Joe Kagumba, and Nick MacMackin, achieving the CIS standard in 7:36.02.


Rebecca Wolfs took silver in women’s pole vault with a height of 3.80m.
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Stefanie Smith picked up a bronze for the women’s team in the 3000m with a time of 9:56.80. Smith also ran the third leg of the 3rd place 4x400m relay along with Mariah Wilson, Tichina Jones, and Emily Omahen.

In the field events, Branden Wilhelm finished 2nd to Sean Cate of Guelph in the high jump, clearing 2.10m. Chris Waugh and Milos Savic finished 2-3 behind David McKay in pole vault. All three achieved the CIS standard as Waugh and Savic topped out at 4.95m while McKay vaulted 5.25m.


Milos Savic celebrates after clearing 4.95m in men’s pole vault and taking the bronze medal.
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Angelo Bortolin jumped 6.88m in men’s long jump, good enough for 3rd place.

Windsor took gold and silver in men’s shot put as Eli Pawliw and Brett Boersma threw for 16.62m and 16.40m respectively.

Rachael Wolfs was 2nd in the pole vault at a height of 3.80m, just 0.25m behind Robin Bone of Western.


Leaning into the 4th corner, Paul Janikowski plans his strategy heading into the final three laps of the men’s 3000m run. Janikowski would finish 1st in a time of 8:18.07.
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Caitlin McClurkin grabbed silver in long jump with a leap of 5.80m. Sarah Mitton was also awarded the silver after tossing the shot put 15.20m. York’s Brittany Crew set a new meet record at 17.49m, beating her old mark, set in 2015, of 16.11m.

Notably, Gabriela Stafford of Toronto set a meet record in the women’s 1000m finishing in a time of 2:42.84 and knocking 1.32 seconds off the previous standard. Stafford also finished 4.11 seconds under the former meet record in the 1500m event.


Up for grabs in each event were the gold, silver, and bronze medals from the OUA.
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The men’s team was awarded 174 points for 1st place while the women finished 5th with 77.50.

The full results can be seen at the OUA website.

The Lancers will now participate in the national championships at York University from March 10 through 12 in Toronto.


Gabriela Stafford from the University of Toronto broke two meet records while finishing 1st in the 1000m and 1500m runs.
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