CIS track & field roundup: Lancers have strong showing at Can Am Classic

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Windsor’s Branden Wilhelm in High Jump, Photo credit: Steven Kriemadis

Jan 11, 2015

Source: Elisa Mitton, Windsor Sports Info

WINDSOR, Ont. – The Windsor Lancer Track & Field team put in a strong performance at the 34th annual Can Am Classic this weekend at the St. Denis Centre.

The Blue & Gold captured nine medals and set a new meet record at their first home event of the season.

On the women’s side, Jill VanDamme led the way for the Lancers with a gold medal performance in the women’s weight throw. The fifth year thrower threw 16.69m to place first in the event.

Rookie thrower Sarah Mitton qualified for the CIS national championships, being held in Windsor in March, with a third place finish in the women’s shot put. The Brooklyn, NS native threw an impressive 13.88m to capture the bronze medal.

Sarah Swain captured the Lancers others medal on the women’s side with a third place finish in the pole vault with a height of 3.7m.

On the men’s side, the Lancer team of Paul LaMarra, Taylor McArthur, Corey Bellemore and Alex Ullaman broke their own meet record set just one year ago with an impressive performance in the 4x800m relay. This year the team placed first in the race with a record breaking time of 4:35.42.

Milos Savic captured gold in the men’s pole vault and qualified for the national championships with a height of 4.83m, while Brandon Wilhelm also qualified for the championships with a height of 2.03m in the men’s high jump to place second overall in the event.

Other medal finishers included Brett Boersma in the men’s shot put with a second place toss of 15.50m and Andrew Dandie in the men’s long jump with a leap of 6.86m.

The event also saw a number of meet records broken over the course of the weekend.

Aaron Hendrikx of the Guelph Gryphons broke a 32 year old record in the men’s 1500m. Previously set by Greg Beardsley in 1983 with a time of 3:51.08, Hendrikx ran a 3:51.00 to set the new record. Hendrikx’s teammate Heather Petrick also broke a long standing record set by Donna Danowksi in 1988m with a new time of 9:36.15 in the women’s 3000m. Danowksi’s record was 9:36.90.

The Toronto Varsity Blues saw four records fall at the meet. Their women’s 4x800m relay team set a new record with a time of 8:50.52, and Greg MacNeill became the meet’s all time leader in the men’s 60m hurdles with a time of 7.91 seconds. On the women’s side of the hurdles, Hayley Warren broke Ashlea Maddex record of 8.39 seconds with a time of 8.27 seconds, while distance runner Gabriela Stafford broke a 30 year record in the women’s 1500m with a time of 4:22.36. The record was previously set by Sue Schroeder in 1985 with a time of 4:24.18.

Western’s Robin Bone broke his own record set one year ago in the men’s pole vault. Last year Bone set the standard at 4.13m, and improved on that this season with a new height of 4.12m.

For complete results from the Can Am Classic, http://golancers.ca/documents/2015/1/10//2015CanAmFinalResults.pdf?id=612

The Lancers will now travel to Grand Valley, MI next weekend and compete in the Mike Lints Invitational.

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