20th annual McGill Team Challenge will be largest CIS indoor track meet in Canada

Race from 2014 McGill Team Challenge

Race from 2014 McGill Team Challenge

MONTREAL — A number of Olympians are expected to participate in the 20th annual McGill Team Challenge track and field meet, Jan. 23-24. The two-day competition, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Richard Tomlinson Fieldhouse on the campus of McGill University, will feature about 900 athletes and is annually the largest indoor track meet in Canada.

The event is also expected to draw a record number of university teams this year — surpassing last year’s mark of 30 — all hoping to reach qualifying standards for the CIS national championships in Windsor, Ont., March 12-14.

Tomlinson Fieldhouse is located inside the McGill University Sports Centre at 475 Pine Avenue West. Tickets, available at the door, will be $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children 12-and-under are admitted free.


“It is without a doubt the Canadian flagship meet for the indoor season and gives us the opportunity to see what the top teams have in the way of talent as we prepare for Nationals,” says Dennis Barrett, in his 30th year as head coach at McGill. “It is shaping up to be a top-notch meet, based upon the entries that we have received. The field will be strong and it will feature some national level competitors as well as an international flavour. This meet offers a very competitive opportunity for athletes to qualify for the CIS championships.”

The event is expected to attract at least 10 participating universities from the Ontario (OUA) conference, eight from the RSEQ in Quebec, six from the Atlantic (AUS) region, five from the Canada West conference and one from the NCAA.

The highest profile races this weekend will be the men’s 60m, 300m, 600m and 3000m, along with the women’s 60m, 300m and 800m.

Friday’s schedule, which runs from 12:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., begins with the pentathlon (60m hurdles), followed by the weight throw, high jump, long jump, shot put, 60m, 1000m, pole vault, 3000m, 800m and the 4×200 and 4×800 relays.

The women’s 60m dash is slated for 5:50 p.m. where everyone will be chasing both the meet record (7.39 seconds)  and the Fieldhouse record (7.35). The men’s 60m is set for 5:55 p.m., and the marks to aim for are 6.75 (meet) and the 6.56 (Fieldhouse).

The Saturday schedule begins with pentathlon (hurdles) at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude by 5:30 p.m. The 60m hurdles final is slated for 10:40 a.m., followed by the 5000m, 600m, 300m, 1500m, 4x400m relay and 1000m.

A complete schedule is posted below.

McGill’s 58-member roster features 46 athletes from across Canada and nine from the U.S., plus one apiece from Jamaica, Ecuador and France.  The breakdown of Canadians has 19 from Ontario and 15 from Quebec, plus four from B.C., three apiece from Alberta and Nova Scotia, in addition to two from Manitoba.

One of the top McGill male athletes to watch is Dylan Golow, a fourth-year neuroscience student from Barrie, Ont., who will be looking to break his school record in the pentathlon (3,571 points), which he set last year on Feb. 23, 2014.

Among the key McGill women is Annabelle Williams, a linguistics junior from Montreal, Que., who is the team’s only athlete to strike gold in all three meets this season. She was part of the winning 4×200 relay (1:46.31) at the Martlet Classic (Nov. 30), won the high jump (1.55m) at the Sherbrooke Open (Jan. 10) and bettered that mark last week with a winning leap of 1.60m at the Laval Invitational (Jan. 17).

Among the university teams registered for the meet are Calgary, Dalhousie, Guelph, Laval, Lakehead, McGill, McMaster, Middlebury College (NCAA), Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Queen’s, Regina, Saskatchewan, Sherbrooke, Saint Mary’s, St.FX, St. Thomas, Toronto, Trinity Western, UNB, UQAM, UQAC, UQAO, UQTR, Victoria, Waterloo, Western, Windsor and York.

Earl Zukerman
McGill Athletics & Recreation


FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015
12:15 60m Hurdles F (Pentathalon)
16:15 60m F
16:35 60m M
16:55 1000m F
17:20 1000m M
17:50 60m F (Final B/A)
17:55 60m M (Final B/A)
18:00 3000m F
18:45 800m F (Pentathalon)
18:50 3000m M
19:30 4 x 200m Relay M
19:50 4 x 200m Relay F
20:10 4 x 800m Relay F
20:25 4 x 800m Relay M
12:45 Weight Throw F
13:00 High Jump F (Pentathalon)
14:15 Weight Throw M
14:30 Long Jump M
14:45 Shot Put F (Pentathalon)
17:00 Pole Vault M
17:15 Long Jump F (Pentathalon)
18:15 Long Jump F
18:30 High Jump M
SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2015
9:30 60m Hurdles M (Pentathalon)
10:00 60m Hurdles M
10:15 60m Hurdles F
10:40 60m Hurdles M (Final B/A)
10:50 60m Hurdles F (Final B/A)
11:00 5000m M
12:30 600m F
12:50 600m M
13:15 300m F
13:45 300m M
14:30 1500m F
15:20 1500m M
16:01 4 x 400m Relay F
16:25 4 x 400m Relay M
16:50 1000m M (Pentathalon)
10:15 Long Jump M (Pentathalon)
11:30 High Jump F
11:30 Shot Put F
11:45 Triple Jump  M
13:00 Shot Put M (Pentathalon)
13:00 Pole Vault F
14:00 Triple Jump F
14:15 Shot Put M
14:30 High Jump M (Pentathalon)



60m 7.34 Khamica Bingham, York, 2014
300m 37.55 Adrienne Power, Dalhousie, 2005
600m  1:30.72 Grace Annear, Victoria, 2014
1000m  2:48.26 Charlene Puel, McGill, 2012
1500m 4:26.11 Genevieve Lalonde, Guelph 2013
3000m 9:11.69 Megan Brown, Toronto, 2009
60m Hurdles / Haies 8.53 Hayley Warren, Toronto, 2013
4x200m 1:40.74 Western, 2013
4x400m 3:43.90 Toronto, 2013
4X800m 8:59.29 Guelph, 2013
High Jump / Hauteur 1.80 Michelle Moody, Guelph, 2008
Pole Vault / Perche  4.35 Melanie Blouin, Laval, 2013
Long Jump / Longueur 6.01 Laurence Beaudet, Montreal, 2012
Trip. Jump / Trip. Saut 12.44 Julia Wallace, Guelph, 2014
Shot Put / Poids 15.27 Brittany Crew, York, 2014
Wt. Throw / Marteau 17.88 Annie Larose, Sherbrooke, 2009
Pentathlon 3767 Jennifer Cotten, Western Ontario, 2008


60m  6.71 Dante Richards-Kwok, York, 2014
300m  32.95 Shane Niemi, York, 2002
600m  1:17.95 Mathieu Sturkenboom, Sherbrooke, 2014
1000m  2:23.63 Thomas Riva, Victoria, 2014
1500m  3:44.08 Ross Proudfoot, Guelph, 2014
3000m 8:02.78 Ross Proudfoot, Guelph, 2014
60m Hurdles / Haies 7.87 Andrew Lissade, Sherbrooke, 2000
4x200m          1:26.80 Ottawa, 2012
4x400m   3:17.08 Ottawa, 2013
4X800m  7:34.54 Victoria, 2014
High Jump / Hauteur  2.27 Kwaku Boateng, Concordia,1996
Pole Vault / Perche  5.40 Jason Wurster, Toronto, 2008
Long Jump / Longueur 7.63 Christopher Greenaway,Ottawa, 2010
Trip. Jump / Trip. Saut 15.46 Olivier Huet, Sherbrooke 2013
Shot Put / Poids  18.33 Tim Hendry , Guelph, 2013
Wt. Throw / Marteau 20.26 Daniel Nova, York,  2012
Pentathlon  3745 Mark Chenery, Ottawa, 2012



60m 7.29 Kimberly Hyacinthe, Club Vainqueurs, 2014
300m 37.46 Kimberly Hyacinthe, Club Vainqueurs, 2014
600m 1:29.51 Holly Ratzlaff, Calgary, 2007
800m 2:05.18 Melissa Bishop, Ottawa Lions, 2014
1000m 2:45.1 (h) Sarah Ali Khan, McGill, 2003
1500m 4:18.75 Megan Brown, Toronto, 2007
3000m 9:11.69 Megan Brown, Toronto, 2009
60m Hurdles  / Haies 8.28 Jessica Zelinka, Calgary, 2007
4x200m 1:37.57 Saskatchewan, 1999
4x400m 3:43.90 Toronto, 2013
4X800m 8:56.63 Toronto, 2007
High Jump / Hauteur 1.89 Natalja Jackheere, Belgium, 1998
Pole Vault / Perche 4.35 Melanie Blouin, Laval, 2013
Long Jump / Longueur 6.17 Alice Falaiye, Toronto, 1998
Trip. Jump / Trip. Saut 12.76 Michelle Hastick, Independent,1999
Shot Put / Poids 16.22 Julie Labonté, Sherbrooke,  2009
Wt. Throw / Marteau 18.25 Galina Mityaeva, Independent, 2011
Pentathlon  4380 Jessica Zelinka, Calgary,  2007
(h): hand-timed (must add 0.24 seconds to be considered official)


50m  5.71 Bruny Surin, Videotron, 1999
60m  6.56 Nick Macrozonaris, St-Laurent Selects, 2002
200m  21.03 Jimmy Hackley, Independent, 2004
300m  32.95 Shane Niemi, York, 2002
600m  1:16.90 Santos Zguelin, Club Puma, 2014
1000m  2:23.08 Sebastien Ouellet,Sherbrooke, 1999
1500m  3:45.08 Ross Proudfoot, Guelph, 2014
3000m  8:02.78 Ross Proudfoot, Guelph, 2014
60m Hurdles / Haies 7.75 Charles Allen, Ottawa Lions, 2006
4x200m  1:24.85 Legacy Athletics, 2007
4x400m   3:14.12 Calgary, 2008
4X800m 7:30.83 Victoria, 2008
High Jump / Hauteur  2.27 Kwaku Boateng, Concordia, 1996
Pole Vault / Perche  5.40 Jason Wurster, Toronto,  2008
Long Jump / Longueur  7.63 Christopher Greenaway,Ottawa, 2010
Trip. Jump / Trip. Saut  16.15 Shawn Peters, Regina Athletics, 2003
Shot Put / Poids  18.33 Tim Hendry, Guelph, 2013
Wt. Throw / Marteau  23.61 Jim Steacy, Lethbridge, 2007
Pentathlon  3877 Jaimie Adjetey-Nelson, Windsor, 2007

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