A year in review
Former Mustang defensive back Mark Casselman traded in his helmet for the front cover of Men's Fitness magazine after winning an amateur model contest.
Track and Field
Both the men and women of the Western track and field team found themselves on top on the world with No. 1 ratings in the national polls.
After starting the season 2-4, the Mustangs went 11 games without another mark in the loss column.
Peter Guildenhuys and Scott Mikalachki finished second and third for Western at the Ontario squash singles championship. It was not surprising that the team also captured the Ontario team title it was their 15th straight championship under the instruction of coach Jack Fairs. Later in the month, they finished sixth in the NCAA championships south of the border at Princeton University.
The women ruggers headed to Ireland for slack week to take on some Irish competition and dominated against the helpless leprechauns.
Not expected to challenge for the provincial title, the Western smashers pulled off a few upsets to capture silver at the OUA championships.
The Ontario West championship was captured by the Western men in a tough battle against the Windsor Lancers.
After a strong season, the pucksters of Western were shut down by Waterloo, ending their post season early in the first round of the Ontario Far West division.
The women's volleyball team captured the Ontario championship with a straight-set victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues. Marnie Simpson was named tournament most valuable player for her efforts.
The Western team struggled with sickness and inexperience which resulted in a 21st place finish nationally for the women and 19th for the men.
After losing their captain Angela Nobes to a freak head injury, the women rebounded for the silver medal at the OUA championships. At the national championships, the women fell to Laurentian in the first round before winning the next two games for the consolation title.
The men had the wind knocked from their lungs when a mediocre team from Waterloo upset the 'Stangs in the first round of the playoffs to end their season early.
Track and Field
The men won their first Ontario championship since 1973 with a dominant performance over the Windsor Lancers at York University. The women's team also excelled with a third place finish.
At the nationals, the men fell just short of a Canadian title, finishing second for the bronze medal. Guy Schultz crossed the finish line first in two of his races for a pair of gold medals in addition to a silver. The women tied for eighth with Mary Ann Phillips putting in the team's top placing with a silver in the shot put.
Guy Schultz headed to Morocco to compete at the World Cross Country Championships.
The Western grapplers pushed and pulled their way to a seventh place finish at the national championships.
Mustangs Roger Dunbrack and Ryan Hazzard showed their stuff at the annual Canadian Football League combine in Winnipeg. Dunbrack was later drafted and signed by the Toronto Argonauts.
Johnathan Dingle of the Western basketball team was honoured by the CIAU as the recipient of The Sports Network's Ken Shields Award for exhibiting outstanding achievement in basketball, academics and community service.
For the first time in Western history, the top two Western athletic awards went to members of the Mustang soccer family. Sara Nathanson was honoured with the F.W.P. Jones Trophy for the top female athlete of the year while Tom Perks earned the Dr. Claude Brown Trophy for top male.
Mustang tennis player Moe Nemati raised some controversy in the often quiet varsity sport. While playing in a tournament in Hamilton, Nemati responded to a verbal attack by Queen's player Kirin Keshav by jumping over the net and shoving the mouthy Golden Gael. The dispute continued later in the parking lot. Counselling was laid down as a suspension.
Robyn Hurley turned some heads at the Western Cross Country Invitational, finishing in third place in front of a hometown crowd.
The Western Mustangs destroyed the visiting Waterloo Warriors during Western's Homecoming weekend. After three consecutive losses to Waterloo the 'Stangs got their sweet revenge with a 44-20 route. Running back Fabian Rayne led the charge with a three-touchdown effort.
Later in the month, Larry Haylor stepped down from his post for the final two games of the regular season amidst initiation controversy.
With a dominating 43-5 win over the University of Toronto Blues, the Western women clinched second place in the OUA standings for the regular season.
After a two-week break, the Western Men's rugby team shellacked York 83-3, pushing their record to 5-2.
There was a lot of love lost between the Mustang and Queen's tennis programs this year but in the end Western would prevail, beating the Golden Gaels 4-2 to capture the Ontario title.
When regulation time could not decide the outcome of the Ontario semifinal game between the 'Stangs and McMaster, the shootout began. Captain Mike Potts sealed the game with the winner, sending the club to the nationals at McGill.
The third trip to the nationals turned out to be a charm for the Mustangs who came away with their first ever gold.
The Mustangs capped a perfect regular season with a 48-10 blowout victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks. The club finished the regular season 8-0.
A big Gryphon got in the way of the Mustang men repeating as OUA champions. Guelph beat Western 13-11 in the Ontario final. The Gryphons' women's team also beat Western, downing them 20-8 to clinch their fifth straight title.
The Western women, led by a great performance from Becky Martyn, won the OUA championships in Windsor. On the men's side Jim Wardle led the Mustang charge in a surprise third place finish.
At the nationals a week later the women were ousted from the top spot by the University of Victoria Vikes. The club did take home the silver medal. The men finished in eighth.
Making their first trip to the CIAU nationals in recent years, the women came home without a medal but with some big-time experience which should help them in coming years.
After beating Waterloo in the Yates Cup, all that stood in the way of a Western trip to the Vanier Cup was the Saskatchewan Huskies. Unfortunately, the 'Stangs could not handle the Huskies in the cold Prairie climate, falling 33-17 to the eventual national champions.
As expected the Western cheerleaders came home with yet another national title, their 14th straight.
Head coach Barry Martinelli reached the 200 win mark with a 5-0 win over the Laurentian Voyageurs.
Western's OUA title match against McMaster had a silver lining. The match that was played in Ottawa pitted the two league powerhouses against one another with Mac swimming away with the gold, winning 10-7.
Both the men and women go into the break with perfect 6-0 records sitting atop the Ontario West standings.