Volume 96, Issue 91
Friday, March 21, 2003

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'Da Pipe

Niru Somayajula/Gazette
REMEMBER BOB, IT'S STILL OUR BATON. Western track star Bob Westman was electric at the CIS Track and Field Championships on the weekend and was consquently selected as the Purple Pipe winner.

The Purple Pipe this week tried to chase down Mustangs sprinter Bob Westman, but he's just too damn fast.

Westman, a third-year finance and administration student, brought his speed from Lennoxville, Quebec to Western and showcased it this past weekend at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Track and Field Championships.

Westman ripped off a great weekend in Windsor, with two silver medals and a gold. One of the silvers around Westman's neck came from his individual performance in the 300 metre sprint, where he came in with the fourth-ranked time in the country, but jumped up to number 2, running behind only former Olympian Ibrahim Meite from Sherbrooke.

Westman's gold came in the 4 x 400m relay, where he burned out of the blocks to give the Mustangs an early commanding lead, which they never relinquished. The other silver was won in the 4 x 200m relay where Westman pumped around with the baton in the second slot.

– Ryan Hickman

We sat down outside of The Spoke with this week's Purple Pipe recipient, Bob Westman, and rapped about Tony Hawk and his overblown calves.

They say that you have to be a little bit crazy to run track with all that training and running and stuff?

When you're about to start the race you say, "What the hell have I got myself into?" But you find a love for it.

What do you really think about when you saddle into the blocks right before a race is about to start?

I'm trying not to think of anything – you can't. Your reaction time won't be fast enough. The first half of the race you're running scared and then things come into a plan. It's a two-thought process.

What's the deal with your huge calves?

I used to walk on my toes. When I was younger people called me "the little ballerina."

Do you do anything outside of track and school?

I work 20 hours a week at Citibank. I'm a credit rep – always on the phone and I play a lot of Tony Hawk.

On Play Station 2?

No, PS1.

Were you a skateboarder when you were younger?

I haven't had a skateboard since I was 14, when I was a little punk – a jerk.

With your coach Catherine Bond-Mills being such an amazing athlete in her day, do you ever get intimidated?

We're not intimidated by her, but we're in awe of her all the time. At big track meets she's like a celebrity out there. Last weekend we were complaining that we wanted the rail moved back five feet in the exchange area of the track and we were immediately told no. When Catherine came over and asked for it, it was moved back in no time.

– Ryan Hickman


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