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