Day 1 (of 3): Calgary women, Windsor men lead after Day 1

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Courtesy of University of Alberta Sports Information/ Photo credit Robert Antoniuk

EDMONTON (CIS) – The University of Windsor Lancers earnedthree medals, including two gold, on the opening day of the 2012-13CIS track and field championships in Edmonton, to lead themen’s standings with an impressive 28 points, 19 more thantheir nearest competitor. On the women’s side, the CanadaWest champion University of Calgary Dinos lead with 26 pointsfollowing gold and silver medal showings.

Both Windsor and Calgarywere dominant in the pentathlon on Thursday, taking the top twopodium spots respectively.

Day 1 Results (PDF)

– Video from Day 1 available atwww.cis-sic.tv

Fourth-year Dino Rachael McIntosh, originally from Bridgewater,Nova Scotia, came from behind in the women’s pentathlon,winning three (shot put, long jump and 800m) of the final fiveevents, to finish first with 4,179 points. Teammate Rachel Machin,a nominee for the 2013 CIS outstanding field event performer award,finished second with 3,993 points thanks to victories in the firsttwo pent events, the 60m hurdles and the high jump. Toronto’sRachel Jewett made it clean-sweep for athletes named“Rachel” when she finished third in the pent with 3,735points. The sophomore scored second place finishes in the 800m run,and the high jump.

In the men’s pent, Windsor’s Branden Wilhelm ledearly and managed to hang on to first place despite a hard chargefrom teammate Jesse Drennan. Wilhelm finished with 3,888 points,while Drennan was second with 3,825 points. Dalhousie’s RobMcCulloch, who finished second in the high jump, earned the bronzewith 3,706 points.

“I’m so happy right now,” exclaimed Wilhelm.“Last year was a train wreck for me. I was injured last yearat the national championship, but attempted to compete anyway andended up finishing last in some events. I redeemed myself today.Just even being able to compete today, I can’t even explainhow happy I am right now.”

The second-year from Woodstock, ON, picked up first placefinishes in the long jump, high jump and shot put, and finishedsecond in the 60m hurdles. However, he crossed the line in the1,000m run in 10th place, three spots behind Drennan.

“I’m so proud of Jesse,” said Wilhelm.“That was a huge personal best for him. He had me prettyscared there for a while, I wasn’t certain I was going towin, but in the end, I’m glad he was there to pushme.”

The 1-2 Lancer finish in the pentathlon, combined with a goldmedal in the men’s 60m dash from Aaron Bowman, gave the OUApowerhouse a sizeable 19 point lead heading into the second day ofcompetition. Bowman won the 60m sprint with a time of 6.73, whileAlberta’s Ben Williams finished second (6.78) andOttawa’s Oluwasegun Makinde finished third with a time of6.84.

“I can’t even comprehend what we did today,”added Wilhelm. “We maxed out in points as a team; we earnedas many points as we possibly could have and I think when peoplesee that tomorrow they are going to be shocked. I think we’reready to challenge for the title.”

While they aren’t the defending CIS champions, or even therecent OUA title holders, the Windsor men did win 14 straightconference banners from 1999 to 2012. The Western UniversityMustangs are the defending CIS champions, and they sit in fifthafter Day 1 with five points, while the 2012-13 Ontario championGuelph Gryphons did not earn a single point on Thursday.

Ontario schools have dominated at the national level in recentyears, sweeping all 10 CIS team banners since Calgary (women) andSherbrooke (men) triumphed in 2007. A year ago, OUA athletesclaimed two thirds of the CIS gold medals (22 out of 34).

While the Dinos lead the women’s table, it is a slim fivepoint lead over second place Toronto. Windsor, which is thedefending champion on the women’s side, is in third with 15points. The host Alberta Pandas are in fourth with 14 pointsfollowing silver and bronze medals in the women’s 60m sprint.Rookie Katrina Martin finished second in her first CIS championshiprun, while teammate Leah Walkeden was third. Both runners trailedToronto’s Khamica Bingham who won the race with a time of7.47.

In Thursday’s only other final, Lethbridge’s KaylaGallagher took home the gold medal in weight throw with a distanceof 18.24m. That eclipsed distances by Windsor teammate ShealynMcLaughlin (17.49m) and Ami Schimanski (17.24m).

Day two of the championship begins with the men’s weightthrow final on Friday at 4:00 pm MT. The event was originallyslated to start at 4:30 pm MT, but was bumped up a half-an-hour,while the women’s pole vault final was changed to 5:30 pmMT.

TEAMSTANDINGS: AFTER DAY 1

Women
1 Calgary, 26
2 Toronto, 21
3 Windsor, 15
4 Alberta, 14
5 Lethbridge, 10
6 Guelph, 7
7 York, 5
7 Western, 5
9 Laval, 4
9 McGill, 4
11 Dalhousie, 3
12 Trinity Western, 2
13 Saskatchewan, 1

Men
1 Windsor, 28
2 Ottawa, 9
3 Alberta, 8
4 Dalhousie, 6
5 Western, 5
5 Toronto, 5
5 Waterloo, 5
8 Sherbrooke, 4
9 Calgary, 3
9 Manitoba, 3
11 Laval, 2

INDIVIDUALMEDALLISTS: DAY 1

Weight Throw (W)
1. Kayla Gallagher, Lethbridge, 18.24
2. Shealyn McLaughlin, Windsor, 17.49
3. Ami Schimanski, Windsor, 17.24

60m (W)
1. Khamica Bingham, Toronto, 7.47
2. Katrina Martin, Alberta, 7.51
3. Leah Walkeden, Alberta, 7.60

60m (M)
1. Aaron Bowman, Windsor , 6.73
2. Ben Williams, Alberta, 6.78
3. Oluwasegun Makinde, Ottawa, 6.84

Pentathlon (W)
1. Rachael McIntosh, Calgary , 4,179
2. Rachel Machin, Calgary, 3,993
3. Rachel Jewitt, Toronto, 3,735

Pentathlon (M)
1. Branden Wilhem, Windsor, 3,888
2. Jesse Drennan, Windsor, 3,825
3. Robert McCulloch, Dalhousie, 3,706

DAY 2 &DAY 3 SCHEDULE (selected events webcast daily atwww.CIS-SIC.tv)

Friday, March8

16:30 Weight Throw (M) Final
16:30 60m Hurdles (W) Heats
16:45 60m Hurdles (M) Heats
17:00 Long Jump (M) Final
17:00 Pole Vault (W) Final
17:00 1000m (W) Final
17:10 1000m (M) Final
17:30 60m Hurdles (M) Final
17:40 60m Hurdles (W) Final
17:50 300m (W) Heats
18:05 300m (M) Heats
18:30 3000m (W) Final
18:50 3000m (M) Final
19:00 High Jump (M) Final
19:00 Long Jump (W) Final
19:00 Shot Put (W) Final
19:40 300m (W) Final
19:50 300m (M) Final
20:00 4x800m Relay (W) Final
20:15 4x800m Relay (M) Final

Saturday,March 9

12:30 Triple Jump (W) Final
12:30 Pole Vault (M) Final
13:15 600m (W) Final
13:30 600m (M) Final
14:15 4x200m Relay (W) Final
14:25 4x200m Relay (M) Final
14:30 High Jump (W) Final
14:45 Triple Jump (M) Final
14:45 Shot Put (M) Final
14:45 1500m (W) Final
15:00 1500m (M) Final
16:00 4x400m Relay (W) Final
16:15 4x400m Relay (M) Final

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