OUR SPORTING COLUMN.
"The 100-yard handicap was run against the wind. The fifth heat was won by W. J. Crowley, 12 feet, in 10 1/4 sec.; the sixth by J. S. Voorhis, 18 feet, in 10 sec.; the second round by C A. J. Queckberner, 30 feet, in 10 1/4 sec. and J. S. Voorhis, 18 feet, in 10 1/4 sec. The final fell to J. S. Voorhis, 18 feet, in 10 sec. When heats are run in 10 seconds we naturally look, for the champions on the scratch mark, but instead we find M. McFaul, a deaf mute of the Fanwood A. C., whose best effort for the year has been 10 1/2 sec., which was done on his own track and at the games of his own club, and who, away from home, has run no faster than 10 8/4 sec., is put on scratch in a100-yard handicap where three heats are run in 10 1/4 sec., and two heats in 10 sec. This is bad enough, but the quarter is still more curious.
"The four trial heats were run in 48 3/4 sec., 50 1/4 sec., 50 3/1 sec., and 51 1/2 sec., while the final was won in 47 3/4 sec. This is on an eighth of a mile track, and a cold windy day, while the fastest professional time in the world is 48 1/4 sec., the fastest English amateur time 50 2/5 sec., and the fastest American amateur time 52 1/5 sec. This latter was made July 4, 1878, on the best track in America, warm day, no wind, and in a race between the fastest two men we have at this distance, the second man being but 1/5 second behind. Neither of these men could, last Saturday, on an eighth of a mile track, with cold weather and raw wind, have beaten 53 1/2 sec.; and if they had been in this handicap, at scratch, would certainly have been beaten 5 1/2 or 6 seconds, and the handicap would have been absurd. But who do we find at scratch? Incomprehensible as it may seem, this mark was assigned to H. H. Moritz, S. A. A. C., who never won a level race in his life, and whose record is as follows: August 11, 1877, quarter-mile handicap, with 35 yards, beaten off in 58 sec.; December 1, quarter-mile handicap, with 5 yards, second in trial heat, won in 1 min. 1/2 sec, and also second in final heat, won in 59 3/4 sec.; December 3, 1877, quarter-mile run, beaten 7 feet in 1 min. 2 3/4 sec.; July 13, 1878, quarter-mile handicap, with 18 yards, beaten 3 yards, by 58 1/4 sec.; and in final, beaten 5 yards, in 54 1/2 sec.; September 28, quarter-mile handicap, with 24 yards, won trial heat in 54 sec., and final in 52 3/6 sec.; October 12, at championship meeting, beaten 10 yards, by 54 8/8 sec., coming in fifth in field of seven. By no possible manipulation of figures can this man be reckoned better than 55 sec., and he is at least 25 yards behind champion form, yet he is put on scratch in a race won in 47 3/4 sec.!
"Worse than all the scratch men were not our champions, but that mark was assigned to W. M. Watson and G. D. Phillips, neither of whom is within gun-shot of first-class form, Watson's best record since 1876 being worse than 7 min. 43 sec., and Phillips's best performance is 7 min. 38 2/5 sec. Such work as this is highway robbery under the guise of handicapping, and is a disgrace to all who are responsible for it. When the club next give any handicap games, if they will submit to us their list of entries, we will cheerfully furnish such information as will enable them to frame a just handicap and avoid such abominations as we saw last Saturday."
The editor of this column will give a cup, valued at $25, to any man who will run one mile in 4 min. 50 sec. or better, or who will walk one mile in 7 min. 40 sec. or better, or to any man who can beat the best time on record in this college for a run of three miles. These offers to remain open until the end of next June. Any man intending to make one of these trials to give ten days' notice to the Vice-President of the H. A. A. These offers are made solely to induce men to train, as without being in top condition they cannot hope to equal these times.