PAST TRACK SEASON HAS BEEN MARKED BY CONSISTENT WORK
Relay Teams and Field Events Especially Successful.--Spring Prospects Appear Good.
The winter track season which closed last Saturday has brought forth many exceptional performances, both in the relay events and the weekly field competitions held in the Cage.
The 390-yard short distance team has a record of only three defeats out of six races run. Their first race with Technology was easily won, each man gaining on his opponent. The relay with Cornell, at the B. A. A. games, was more exciting and was won chiefly through the great work of Captain Bingham. The time, 3 minutes 6 1-5 seconds, was very fast. The University team for these races was: E. A. Teschner '17, T. R. Pennypacker '16, W. Willcox, Jr., '17, and W. J. Bingham '16.
The third race was won by Pennsylvania at the Hartford Armory games, chiefly because Teschner slipped at the start and lost a few yards which the others could not regain. Here each man ran a quarter mile instead of the usual 390 yards. The fast time of 3 minutes 31 2-5 seconds was registered by the Pennsylvania quartet. The University team was the same as in the previous races.
The race with the B. A. A. team at the Schoolboy Meet in Mechanics Building proved a fizzle due to Willcox's spikes becoming loose, causing him to take numerous tumbles. The race was finally given up by Harvard, although the B. A. A. team finished their circuit.
A second relay race with Pennsylvania was staged at the I. C. A. A. A. A. indoor meet in New York, but here again the short distance team, composed of H. W. Minot '17, T. R. Pennypacker '16, W. Willcox, Jr., '17, and W. J. Bingham '16, was defeated by the Pennsylvania quartet, due to Meredith's good head work.
Still another opportunity to beat this team was given the Harvard team at the Meadowbrook Club meet last Saturday, and the Crimson team which raced them at the Intercollegiates this time decisively won and came within close time of the world's indoor mile relay record.
The long distance team had two races, winning one and losing one. Yale was beaten for the seventh consecutive time at the B. A. A. games in a race replete with thrills, first a Harvard man and then a Yale man leading, ending by Bingham and Overton, the respective anchormen, sprinting desperately all the way, with Bingham finally reaching the tape a yard ahead. The team was: A. Biddle '16, J. Coggeshall '18, H. W. Minot '17, and Captain W. J. Bingham '16, and the time was 7 minutes 8 2-5 seconds.
The second race was a medley relay at the Intercollegiates. The same team as ran against Yale was defeated by a Pennsylvanian team.
Besides the relay races, three individual stars stand out: H. W. Minot '17, who won the 300-yard race at the Hartford Armory meet in 34 1-5 seconds; A. Biddle '16, who tied with Scudder of Pennsylvania in the 600-yard race at the same meet, the time being 1 minute 20 seconds; and J. Coggeshall '18, who, with a 90-yard handicap, captured the one-mile race in the good time of 4 minutes 10 2-5 seconds at the Meadowbrook Club meet.
The field events have been coached by E. H. Clark '96, and through a system of weekly handicap competitions, many new men have been brought out and several good performances scored. A new Cage record was made in the pole-vault by G. G. Haydock '16 when he vaulted 12 feet 3 inches. Several good Freshman broad-jumpers were discovered, al- though the University team lacked a really good one. The shot-put and weight events have been looked after by A. T. Lyman '16, E. R. Roberts '16, and W. Rollins '16. A. T. Lyman '16 had a record of 41 feet in the 16-pound shot, which was the best put of the winter.
In looking ahead towards the spring season, and considering the chances for a winning team, it appears that the University will be strong in all track events, especially the dashes, quarter-mile and half-mile, but weak in the hurdles and field events. In the one-mile and two-mile events, Harvard will have point winners as well.
The usual dual meets with Cornell and Yale will be held, the spring season ending with the Intercollegiates the last of May. Another opportunity to meet the Pennsylvania team which has beaten them twice this winter, will undoubtedly be given the Crimson runners at the Pennsylvania Track Carnival in April. The prospects for a winning aggregation are by no means slim