Campus Life

Taal, Murray named athletes of week

Women's basketball player Lauren Taal and men's track athlete Kyle Murray are the Subway Pronghorn Athletes of the Week after their strong efforts in weekend Canada West action.

Taal posted a career-best 34 points in helping the Horns gain a weekend split with Brandon University Bobcats. She opened the two-game set with a 16-point effort as the Horns dropped a 65-60 decision to Brandon. The third-year guard then hit 12 of 20 shots, added eight free throws and chipped in five steals as she hit for 34 points in a 72-67 win on Sunday.

Taal's 34-point effort was the best single game output in Canada West this season and a school record for points in a conference game. The Horns, at 7-6 on the year, remain tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Prairie Division. They next host UBC Thunderbirds and Victoria Vikes, Friday and Saturday nights respectively, at the 1st Choice Savings Centre gym.

On the men's side, Kyle Murray kicked off the 2010 indoor track season in style, leading the way this past weekend for the Horns at the Golden Bear Invitational in Edmonton.

The third-year runner handily captured gold in the men's 300-metre run, posting a personal best time of 35.29 seconds.

Murray moved into first place in the Canada West seeding chart and second place in the cross-country CIS rankings. After narrowly missing the 2008 CIS Championships, Murray has now made it known he is ready to compete with the best in the country.