May 3, 1997
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- Western Michigan University's Sky Broncos captured third place in the 1997 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Championship behind first-place Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Prescott, Ariz., and the second-place University of North Dakota.
WMU acted as host for this year's April 29-May 3 championship, which took place at the University's new School of Aviation Sciences facilities at W.K. Kellogg Airport in Battle Creek. Both team and individual standings for the event were announced late Saturday at a concluding awards banquet.
WMU senior Matthew Colles (KAHL-ehs) of Charlotte, Mich., was named the nation's top college pilot in the individual standings. Colles also captured the top male pilot award. Kristin Bass of Oklahoma State University was named top female pilot.
Student aviators from 31 colleges and universities around the nation took part in this year's competition after qualifying at regional events earlier in the year. The five-day competition was judged on the basis of three flight events and five ground events. A fourth flight event was canceled due to poor weather conditions.
WMU's Sky Broncos have captured top three finishes for six consecutive years.
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