Lancers Finish On The Podium In Edmonton

The Windsor Lancers men's 4x800m relay team (L to R) Nick MacMackin, Corey Bellemore, Joe Kagumba, and Taylor MacArthur won the silver medal at U Sports 2017 national championship.Photo courtesy of Lancers Athletics/U Sports.

The Windsor Lancers men’s 4x800m relay team (L to R) Nick MacMackin, Corey Bellemore, Joe Kagumba, and Taylor MacArthur won the silver medal at U Sports 2017 national championship.
Photo courtesy of Lancers Athletics/U Sports.

(EDMONTON, ON) – The Windsor Lancers track and field team combined to bring home six individual medals from the U Sports Indoor Track and Field championships in Edmonton this past weekend, which featured multiple personal bests, team records, near podium finishes.

The Lancer men’s team placed second overall, edging out Laval with 68 points for the silver medal, while the Lancer women’s team placed 7th out of 21 teams with 39 points.

Taking home the lone U Sports gold medal for Windsor was Corey Bellemore in the men’s 1,000 meter. The fifth year senior pulled away in the home stretch of the race to claim gold in his final meet as a Lancer with a time of 2:24.64.

Bellemore won bronze in the men’s 1,500 meter and also anchored Windsor’s silver medal 4x800m relay team alongside teammates Taylor MacArthur, Joe Kagumba, and Nick MacMackin, with a time of 7:30.39. MacMackin also finished fourth in the men’s 1,000m in 2:26.09,

Windsor's Corey Bellemore at the 2017 U Sports Track and Field National Championships in Edmonton.Photo courtesy of Lancers Athletics/U Sports.

Windsor’s Corey Bellemore at the 2017 U Sports Track and Field National Championships in Edmonton.
Photo courtesy of Lancers Athletics/U Sports.

Silver medals also went to Sarah Mitton in the women’s shot put with her fifth round toss of 15.55m and to Chris Waugh in the men’s pole vault with a top height of 4.92m. As well, Mitton was fifth in women’s weight throw with a distance of 16.78m.

Eli Pawliw won the bronze medal in men’s shot put with a toss of 16.74m and graduating senior Jill Van Damme won bronze in the women’s weight throw with her personal best throw of 17.58m on her final toss as a Lancer.

Finishing just off the podium in fourth place twice in the same afternoon were the women’s 4×200 relay team of Courtney Rivait, Stephanie Shaw, Kristy Hodgins, and Emily Omahen, who ran their hearts out in a time of 1:39.08.

The women’s 4x400m relay team of Rivait, Shaw, Hodgins, and Alexia Lamothe, came back to the track a few hours later and left with another fourth place finish, logging a time of 4:48.78.

The men’s 4x200m relay team, consisting of Jaiden Brown, Chris Kramer, Matthew McKeegan and Tyler Hopkins, finished 5th overall in a very tight field with a time of 1:29.15.

Jill Van Damme (right) collected a bronze medal at U Sports 2017 track and Field Championships in Edmonto. Van Damme earned the bronze in the women's weight throw with her personal best toss of 17.58m.Photo courtesy of Lancers Athletics/U Sports.

Jill Van Damme (right) collected a bronze medal at U Sports 2017 track and Field Championships in Edmonto. Van Damme earned the bronze in the women’s weight throw with her personal best toss of 17.58m.
Photo courtesy of Lancers Athletics/U Sports.

Pole vault specialist Rachael Wolfs finished fourth with a top height of 3.92m while Milos Savic also placed fourth in the men’s competition, with a height of 4.82m.

Brett Boersma placed fourth in the men’s shot put with a 16.37m throw and Pawliw’s school record toss of 17.34m placed him fifth in men’s weight throw.

Placing sixth in the nation was Omahen in women’s long jump 5.68m and Stef Smith in the women’s 3km with a time of 9:30.54.

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS

Women
1. Toronto, 119.50
2. Guelph, 86.83
3. Western, 73
4.Alberta, 66
5. Calgary, 58.33
6. Sherbrooke, 48
7. Windsor, 39
8. Laval, 27
9. Saskatchewan, 21
10. Trinity Western, 18.50
11. Manitoba, 18
11. Regina, 18
13. York, 15
14. Ottawa, 14
15. Queen’s 9
16. Victoria, 6
16. Waterloo, 6
18. Dalhousie, 5.83
19. McGill, 5
20. New Brunswick, 4
20. Carleton, 4

Men
1. Guelph, 141 points
2. Windsor, 68
3. Laval, 65.50
4. Western, 45
5. Toronto, 44
6. Alberta, 36
7. Lethbridge, 29
8. Victoria, 28
9. Sherbrooke, 25
10. Waterloo, 24
11. Dalhousie, 23.50
12. Trinity Western, 21
13. Carleton, 19
14. Manitoba, 18
15. York, 14
16. Saskatchewan, 13
17. Regina, 11
18. McMaster, 10
19. Calgary, 9
20. Ottawa, 8
21. Montreal, 6
22. St. Francis Xavier, 3

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Brett Hedges
Brett Hedges is a broadcast journalist living in Windsor. He is the host of That Sports Show on CogecoTV, the play-by-play announcer of the two-time NBL Canada champion Windsor Express on Noxtrom TV, and sports editor of The Lance newspaper at the University of Windsor. Email Brett Hedges

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