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Purple Pipe: Alanna Boudreau

Aaron Lynett/Gazette
“PURPLE PIPE, AND THE TRACK STAR SMILES.”Alanna Boudreau may not have the vocal talents of Alannah Myles, but we felt their first names were close enough to poorly mimic “Black Velvet.”

The prestigious Purple Pipe was awarded this week to track and field star Alanna Boudreau.

Boudreau is in her second year at Western. While she has little idea what her future may hold after her studies in kinesiology are finished, she’s certainly making good use of her time right now. The women’s track and field team is currently ranked eighth in Canada — thanks in large part to Boudreau. The sophomore currently sits third in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport standings for women’s triple jump.

Last year as a rookie she finished third in the country in triple jump. After a summer of training, she’s expanded her repertoire to include high jump and long jump this season. With the season running into March, Boudreau has plenty of opportunity to move up higher in the rankings while bringing Western along with her.

Her routine is nearly nonstop. If she’s not competing in the long track season, she’s likely to be found training. Boudreau pointed out that while some prefer not to train during their off season, she essentially works out year-round.

Boudreau participated in her most recent track meet this weekend at the Cargill Games in Winnipeg. There, she took home a gold in the high jump with a height of 1.68 m. Coincidentally, Boudreau originates from Winnipeg and relished the opportunity to return home and compete in front of family and friends.

—Ian Van Den Hurk



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