Eve of Final Meet Nears as Harriers Work Intensively
Crimson Runners Have Chance To Win I. C. 4A For First Time Since 1931
Hard runs along the river and up over the Arlington Hills are being held this week as the undefeated Cross Country team is putting the finishing touches on its practice for the Intercollegiate meet in New York on Monday.
Only once, in 1931, when Penn Hallowell led the harriers, has Harvard won the Intercollegiates; but with successive victories over Holy Cross, New Hampshire, Dartmouth, Boston University Yale and Princeton, the team will head for Van Cortland Park with high hopes.
The record of the Crimson runners against Eli Captain Ronnie Clark last Friday offers a possible basis for comparison, for earlier this season, in Yale's triangular meet with Columbia, Dartmouth and Cornell, the Blue leader scored a convincing victory on the same course over which the Intercollegiate run will be held.
Clark also trimmed the Crimson runners, and so establishes himself as a favorite for next Monday, but the rest of the Yale team is weak, while the Harvard team, led by Junior Gene Clark, came in strongly in bunch behind the winner, taking third, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth, while the second Yale men, Lee Shapleigh, was tenth.
Coach Jaako Mikkola, whose teams have lost to Yale only three times since 1924, is optimistic, feeling that "they ought to do well at New York." The event will be held over a new course, and the Crimson is at a disadvantage in not having raced over it before.
Besides Clark, the other four Crimson runners who were in the scoring at Princeton and on whom Harvard's hopes largely depend are Bill Tuttle, Rosie Brayton, Dave Simboli and Bob Nichols.