What may be the strongest Crimson cross country team in recent years romped to a convincing 22-52-87 victory over Providence and Boston Universities in a triangular meet at Franklin Park yesterday.
With Coach Bill McCurdy's first five runners finishing within 40 seconds of each other, the Crimson showed a team strength which puts it in the same class as the best teams in the Ivy League. Providence, victor over Manbattan College on Saturday, could only place two runners in the first ten. The Crimson had seven.
George Terry, one of the leading runners in the East, took first place for B.U. with an excellent 19:58.6. Terry, only a sophomore, is ranked by some experts on a par with John Kelly, last year's IC4-A champion for the Terriers.
Morris, French Follow
Behind Terry came the varsity's Bill Morris and Don French. Morris, with a lunge at the tape, edged French in the time of 20:31. Bob Boucher of Providence was fourth, and then came Al Wills, Don McLean, Paul Beck, Dave Wharton, and Phil Williams, all of the varsity. Wills had a 20:55; McLean, 21:04; Beck, 21:11; Wharton, 21:16; and Williams, 21:24.
After yesterday's meet, McCurdy called this year's squad much superior to last year's team which finished 12th in the IC4-A's.
Providence, with its first three freshmen all finishing in amazingly good times, edged the Crimson Yardlings, 25-31. B.U. was third with 85. After the first three Rhode Island runners came Art Reider, Ralph Perry, Dave Norris, and French Anderson of the Crimson.