(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.