Lancers and Dinos lead after Day 1 at CIS Track and Field Championships

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Courtesy of University of Alberta sports information

March 8, 2013, Edmonton (CIS) – The University of Windsor Lancers earned three medals, including two gold, on the opening day of the 2012-13 CIS track and field championships in Edmonton, to lead the men’s standings with an impressive 28 points, 19 more than their nearest competitor.

On the women’s side, the Canada West champion University of Calgary Dinos lead with 26 points following gold and silver medal showings. Both Windsor and Calgary were dominant in the pentathlon on Thursday, taking the top two podium spots respectively.

Championship website (complete results): http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/trackfield/index

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 five events, 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 first two pent events, the 60m hurdles and the high jump. Toronto’s Rachel Jewett made it clean-sweep for athletes named “Rachel” when she finished third in the pent with 3,735 points. The sophomore scored second place finishes in the 800m run, and the high jump.

In the men’s pent, Windsor’s Branden Wilhelm led early and managed to hang on to first place despite a hard charge from teammate Jesse Drennan. Wilhelm finished with 3,888 points, while Drennan was second with 3,825 points. Dalhousie’s Rob McCulloch, who finished second in the high jump, earned the bronze with 3,706 points.

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

The second-year from Woodstock, ON, picked up first place finishes in the long jump, high jump and shot put, and finished second in the 60m hurdles. However, he crossed the line in the 1,000m 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 pretty scared there for a while, I wasn’t certain I was going to win, but in the end, I’m glad he was there to push me.”

The 1-2 Lancer finish in the pentathlon, combined with a gold medal in the men’s 60m dash from Aaron Bowman, gave the OUA powerhouse a sizeable 19 point lead heading into the second day of competition. Bowman won the 60m sprint with a time of 6.73, while Alberta’s Ben Williams finished second (6.78) and Ottawa’s Oluwasegun Makinde finished third with a time of 6.84.

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

While they aren’t the defending CIS champions, or even the recent OUA title holders, the Windsor men did win 14 straight conference banners from 1999 to 2012. The Western University Mustangs are the defending CIS champions, and they sit in fifth after Day 1 with five points, while the 2012-13 Ontario champion Guelph Gryphons did not earn a single point on Thursday.

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

While the Dinos lead the women’s table, it is a slim five point lead over second place Toronto. Windsor, which is the defending champion on the women’s side, is in third with 15 points. The host Alberta Pandas are in fourth with 14 points following silver and bronze medals in the women’s 60m sprint. Rookie Katrina Martin finished second in her first CIS championship run, while teammate Leah Walkeden was third. Both runners trailed Toronto’s Khamica Bingham who won the race with a time of 7.47.

In Thursday’s only other final, Lethbridge’s Kayla Gallagher took home the gold medal in weight throw with a distance of 18.24m. That eclipsed distances by Windsor teammate Shealyn McLaughlin (17.49m) and Ami Schimanski (17.24m).

Day two of the championship begins with the men’s weight throw final on Friday at 4:00 pm MT. The event was originally slated 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 pm MT.

TEAM STANDINGS: 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

INDIVIDUAL MEDALLISTS: 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 at www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Friday, March 8

16:00 Weight Throw (M) Final

16:30 60m Hurdles (W) Heats

16:45 60m Hurdles (M) Heats

17:00 Long Jump (M) Final

17:30 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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