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Pipe goes to... McTavish, Heffernan, McAuley and Westman

Sure, there are a lot of trippy pipes to own, but none so special as the Purple Pipe, which was awarded this week to the men’s track and field 4 X 400 metre relay team.

At the latest tournament at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, the Mustangs were nothing short of exciting to watch.

Team captain Bob Westman and teammates Gavin McTavish, Christian Heffernan and Randy McAuley competed against some of the premier talent in America. The men’s team did Western proud, beating all previous Canadian Interuniversity Sport records with a time of 3:13:23.

In the 4 X 400, Westman wasn’t the only runner who blew away the competition. McTavish’s part of the race was clocked at 48.5 seconds; astounding considering he hasn’t ran under 50 seconds since Grade 11. Heffernan ran his first race in weeks after a groin injury, hoping he could run pain-free, and clocked a 48.4. McAuley, a previous Pipe winner for football, also ran a personal indoor best of 49.3 as a rookie.

In another event, Westman dominated the 300 metre with a blistering time of 33.79 seconds. With this time, he shattered his former personal best and netted first place. The time stands as the fastest in Canada this season.

“We certainly weren’t expecting to win,” Westman said. “But at the same time, we knew that we were ready, that we could compete and weren’t going to look like fools out there.”

The team has five more weeks of training and is looking to improve on its overall time.

—James Hayes



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