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.
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
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?
Were you a skateboarder when you were younger?
I haven't had a skateboard since I was 14, when I was a little punk
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.