New York, November 24.--The University harriers placed second in the Intercollegiate cross-country meet in New York City this afternoon, thereby realizing their most optimistic hopes. Coach Farrell's men outran every favored team and succumbed only to a dark horse, Pittsburgh, which won the meet in the last mile and one quarter. Pittsburgh's score was 57, the University's 75, Syracuse's 82, and Yale's 117.
Syracuse Fights For Position
The determination to show their best kept the University team in the lead during the first five miles. At this mark, Tibbetts, Captain Chapin, and Cutcheon, ranked eighth, twelfth, and thirteenth, but the added mile and one quarter by which the Van Cortland exceeds the Charles River course saw first place slip away while second was hotly contested. Pittsburgh and Syracuse, both of which had been running in a single group during the first five miles, made their bid for victory. Six Pittsburgh runners forged ahead and were among the first fifteen men to finish. Syracuse, champion for two successive years, made the most of the last mile and a quarter, but was unable to turn the trick by seven points.
Cutcheon in Seventh Place
Cutcheon carried off University honors. From thirteenth place at the five-mile mark, he advanced to seventh, preceding Tibbetts who took eighth, while Pittsburgh runners forced Captain Chapin into sixteenth.
Smith was largely responsible for Yale's taking fourth place. He won the meet in the remarkable time of 31 minutes and 24 seconds, which exceeds the course record by 47 seconds. No man even threatened his position.
The work of the cross-country team today brings to a close one of the most successful seasons in years. Only the reverse at the hands of Yale last week in the triangular meet at Princeton marred a clean slate for the runners, and close followers of distance running know that only the poor condition of the men ten days ago caused the surrender of the triangular cross-country title. Coach Farrell loses only two men this year by graduation. Cutcheon and Captain Chapin are both Seniors, but in O'Neil and Luttman of the present Freshman team Coach Farrell has two able substitutes.
The election of a cross-country captain for 1926 will take place in Cambridge early next week.