The University track team which is competing in the I. C. A. A. A. A. meet in Philadelphia tied for sixth place with Syracuse and Williams in the preliminary contests held yesterday by qualifying five men.
Obtaining 17 places California is leading all the other colleges in the race toward the intercollegiate track championship. Next to California comes Yale with 13 places, Penn and Princeton standing tied for third with 10 qualifiers each. Cornell with 8 places, is fifth. The preliminary trials were held in only 13 events, no qualifying heats being urn in the mile or two mile events.
The men who qualified for the University were Captain Burke, Thayer, Eastman, Greenidge, and Carpenter. In the half-mile run, in which the best time; 1 minute 58 2-10 seconds, was made by Furbeck of New York University, Burke ran a strong race and looks like a probable point-winner among the nine men qualified. In the low hurdles Thayer captured one of the ten qualifying positions.
The other three Crimson athletes who survived the preliminaries yesterday are field event men. Eastman, with a heave of 44 feet 11 inches, had the third best distance in the shotput, in which six men will compete for the points today. Carpenter threw the discus 127 feet 1 3-4 inches for his qualification, while Greenidge hurled the javelin 176 feet 1-2 inch for a position among today's contenders. There were two distinct disappointments for Crimson supporters yesterday, when Hauers failed to qualify in the high hurdles and Miller was forced out of the competition in the discus event.
California, 15 of whose 17 qualifying positions were won in the field events, seems to be headed for a third consecutive victory. With three men competing in the broad jump, discus, shotput, and javelin, the westerners have a distinct advantage over their eastern rivals.
Among the brilliant individual performances yesterday was the 181 foot 6 1-2 inch hammer throw of Tootell of Bowdoin. This is more than ten feet better than the record established last year by Merchant of California. In the dashes Leconey of Lafayette was the outstanding performer, while among the field event men, Neufelt of California, who qualified in the discus, javelin, and shotput, was the most prominent contestant.