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Volume 90, Issue 74
Wednesday, February 05, 1997
The Mustang track team hosted a very low key Western Open on Saturday at Thompson Arena. Although there wasn't a full team from any other school, the Mustang team did come up with some big-time performances. Women's long jumper Billie-Jane Bolton shattered the school record with a jump of 5.97 metres.
"There's not too many women who can jump six metres and she's pretty close to it," coach Bob Vigars said.
This is the same record she set three weeks ago at the Don Wright Team Challenge. This time Bolton not only broke the school record but the record for Thompson Arena and the city. Other exceptional performances included a gold medal-winning personal best by rookie Craig McFarquhar in the 1,000-metre and another personal best by 3,000-metre runner Jim Wardle. The men's team finished the day with a total of eight gold medals, six silver and four bronze while the women were golden three times, with silver six times and bronze seven times.
Five members of the Mustang squash team travelled to the University of Toronto Saturday for the OUAA individual finals. Western's top player, captain Rob Wilson, won bronze after being defeated in the semi-finals by Toronto's Dan Vransic 3-0. Vransic eventually went on to win the tournament by defeating teammate Patrick Ryding 3-1. Of the five athletes sent by Western, all reached the quarter-finals while both Wilson and Peter Guildenhuys made it to the semis. After they were both defeated they played for the bronze medal which was won by Wilson.
Western's team will be defending 13 consecutive OUAA titles when it travels to McMaster for the team finals Friday. The Mustangs will also compete in the NCAA team championships in two weeks against teams from Princeton, Harvard and Cornell.
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