wenty-two current and former Lancers are set to compete at the 2012 Canadian Olympic track and field trials June 27-30 in Calgary.
Among them, three Lancer alumni hope to earn their ticket to this summer’s 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London.
Egansville, Ont., native Melissa Bishop needs only a top-3 finish at the trials in the 800-metre evert in order to secure her sport on the Olympic team. The former University of Windsor athlete of the year met the Olympic A standard earlier this month at a meet in Oregon.
“Going into (the trials), right now, I don’t feel any pressure,” Bishop told the Lance. “I’m pretty well relaxed about it right now. But that could change come the day of.”
Decathlete Jamie Adjetey-Nelson of Windsor, the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, hopes to shed his struggles with minor injuries this summer and secure a berth at the Games. The former University of Windsor male athlete of the year will need to meet the Olympic A or B standard at the Olympic Trials and finish first in the decathlon to qualify.
Also, 400-metre hurdler Noelle Montcalm of Windsor will need to meet the Olympic A standard and finish in the top three in order to qualify for the 2012 London Games.
Along with the 22 Lancers competing at the event are Windsor athletes javelin thrower Scott Russell and Meghan Muscat of the Windsor Legion TFC who will compete in the long jump.
Following is a complete list of former and current Lancers that will compete at the trials at the end of the month:
1. Jamie Adjetey-Nelson (decathlon)
2. Jackie Anderson (triple jump)
3. Paul Janikowski (1,500m)
4. Dayna Maaten (pole vault)
5. Noelle Montcalm (400m hurdles)
6. Chris Reid (200m)
7. Nicole Sassine (200m)
8. Ben Warnock (long jump)
9. Branden Wilhelm (high jump)
10. Melissa Bishop (800m)
11. Aaron Bowman (100m, 200m)
12. Celine Freeman-Gibb (shot put)
13. Dwayne Harriott (triple jump)
14. Heather Kurpe (800m)
15. Paul La Mara (800m)
16. Nathan Lennie (hammer throw)
17. Leo Nicol (100m, 200m)
18. Tyler McLeod (100m, 200m)
19. Mat Walters (1,500m)
20. Clayton Latham (long jump)
21. Ami Schimanski (hammer throw)
22. Andy Ysebaert (shot put, discus)