The Windsor Lancers added to their already incredible legacy at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Track & Field Championships at York University this weekend, winning an 11th straight men’s team championship. The Lancers reign as four-time defending women’s champions came to an end, however, with the Guelph Gryphons winning their first-ever OUA track & field banner. The Lancers women had to settle for silver.
The Gryphons placed second in the men’s team standings, while the host York Lions took bronze. The Western Mustangs women placed third.
The Lancers were strong in the men’s relay competition, with the team of Brendan Dills (Guelph), Camilo Quevedo (Guatemala), Travis Nightingale (Windsor) and Dustin Eldridge (Whitby) winning the 4×400 metre relay in a time of 3:21.16. In the 4×800 metre relay, Phil Dalton (Goderich), Ben Lane (Markham), Mitch Tome (Windsor) and Nathan Reiter (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) raced to gold in a time of 7:46.72. The team of Jamie Adjetey-Nelson (Windsor), Dills, Nightingale and Steve Lamarche (Tecumseh) placed second in the 4×200 metre relay.
Individually, Matt Sinclair (Calgary, Alta.) of the Lancers won the men’s 1,000-metre sprint in a time of 2:28.00. In the field competition, teammate Derek Watkins (Ottawa) won gold in the men’s high jump and triple jump, Adjetey-Nelson placed first in the long jump, while Cole Bloxam (Sarnia) took home gold in the shot put.
The Guelph women were led by Lindsay Carson (Cambridge) who won both the 1,500 and 3,000 metre races. She was runner-up in the 1,000 metre race. Teammate Miana Griffths (Oakville) won the 60-metre sprint in a time of 7.50 while Steph Jackson (London) won the shot put competition with a distance of 14.45 metres.
Noelle Montcalm (Windsor) of the Lancers was a triple winner at York, winning the 300 metre race, 60 metre hurdles and teamed up with Nicole Sassine (Windsor.), Natoya Whittingh am (Toronto) and Danielle Harrison (Leamington) to win the women’s 4×200 metre relay. Carly Gill (Brights Grove), Amanda Kanters (Windsor), Melissa Bishop (Eganville) and Raeleen Hunter (Beaumont, Alta.) of the Lancers won the women’s 4×800 metre relay. Jaideene Lowe (Toronto) took home gold in the women’s triple jump.
Two records were broken at this year’s OUA championships. Heather Hamilton (Mississauga) of York set the new standard in women’s pole vault with a distance of 3.91 metres. The York foursome of Tyrone Halstead (Mississauga), Mat Stiver-Balla (Toronto), Dontae Richards-Kwok (Mississauga) and Randolph Fajardo (Toronto) set a new OUA record time of 1:27.73 in the men’s 4×200 metre relay. Halstead, Fajardo and Richards-Kwok were 1-2-3 in the men’s 60 metre sprint, with Richards-Kwok winning the 300 metre dash. Teammates Christopher Theriau (Kentville, N.S.) and Elijah Allen (London) won gold in the men’s 60 metre hurdles and pentathlon, respectively.
Lisa Grieve (London), Melanie Lui (Scarborough), Jen Ricks (Barrie) and Jen Cotten (Barrie) of the Mustangs won the women’s 4×400 metre relay, while Cotten also placed first in the women’s long jump. Toronto Varsity Blues athletes Sarah Boyle (Scarborough) and Tory Merill (Orangeville) won gold in the women’s high jump and pentathlon, respectively. Other winners in the women’s events included Julia Tousaw (Goderich) of the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the 600 metres; Jillian Wyman (Dundas) of the McMaster Marauders in the 1,000 metres; and Kristin Obrochta (Mississauga) of the Lions in the weight throw.
Wyman also placed second in the 1,500m event.
Guelph runners Derek Snider (Lindsay), Kyle Boorsma (Guelph) and Allan Brett (Ottawa) were 1-2-3 in the men’s 3,000 metre race. Boorsma won gold in the 1,500 metre event. Teammate Dustin McCrank (Haileybury) was also golden in the men’s weight throw.
Michael Robertson (Williamsville) of the Gee-Gees placed first in the men’s 600 metre race, while Jason Wurster (Stevensville) of the Varsity Blues took gold in the men’s pole vault.
McMaster’s Dan Minnesma placed third in the high jump and teammate Geoff Hutten was second in the penthalon.
The University of Windsor will host the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Indoor Track and Field Championships from March 12 to 14 at the St. Denis Centre in Windsor.