In the most important meet of the year the Harvard varsity cross country team meets the Yale and Princeton harriers at New Haven today. Harvard enters this meet as the defending champion, as the Crimson squad was victorious over both Yale and Princeton in the meet last year.
The race will be a close one with entries full of fast runners. Foremost of the host of favorites is William Bonthron of Princeton who upset predictions by winning both the 1500 meter and the 3000 meter in the I.C.4A. meet here at Cambridge last spring. He is one of the leading milers of the country, and is expected to win. The Harvard chances, however, seem very good this year. Robert S. Playfair '36 and Arthur S. Pier '35 lead the ten Crimson runners who are entered. Playfair is Harvard's best prospect in the race. Last year, he lost no races, and against the Yale Freshmen he won first in both the 1500-meter run, and the 3000-meter run. Pier has consistently led the varsity squad in practice and in meets, and much will depend upon him in the coming races.
Harvard's Season Fair
Harvard has had only a fair season this year. The team defeated Holy Cross 19-36, and placed second to New Hampshire in the tri-meet with Dartmouth.
Yale's season has been no better. The Bulldogs defeated Dartmouth 18-37, but lost to Cornell 31 to 24. Princeton is the only team of the trio which has remained undefeated to date, defeating Lafayette 15-40, and Columbia 17-38.
At the same time as the Varsity race, the Harvard Freshmen will match the Yale and Princeton cubs in another tri-meet. The Harvard first year men have had a successful season so far, defeating Holy Cross 20-35, and New Hampshire 18-37. They are expected to beat Princeton for the championship in a close race. Princeton 1937 has won a meet from Lafayette 20-35, and has defeated the Columbia Freshmen 22-33. The Yale Freshman team has not competed in any races this year, and little is known of its power. Captain Joseph G. Duchesne, Paul V. Harper, and Eugene H. Walker are expected to score for the Cambridge team; while Robert W. Anthony and Joseph E. Spencer have been performing well for the Black and Orange.