Varsity Harriers Down Boston University, 24-35
Harrier captain Don French's blazing finish in yesterday's Crimson-B.U. cross-country meet virtually assured a 24-35 victory over the Terriers.
French was followed over the finish line seven seconds later by Pete Reider, who completed the 4.2-mile course in 20:22. The leading B.U. runner, George Hillier, came in third in 20:28. After Hillier came two Terrier men in succession, but the rest of the top ten places were captured by Coach Bill McCurdy's Crimson racers.
"This varsity race was one of the most tremendous performances I have ever seen," Coach Bill McCurdy said after yesterday's meet.
The Yardlings met little serious opposition against the B.U. freshmen as they romped to a 15-50 triumph. They copped all the first nine places, with the first Terrier runner 18 seconds behind the last Crimson man.
Although the Crimson's harriers started out fast, they gave the early lead to Anthony Patrellis and Hilller of B.U. After the first third of the four-mile gruel, however, French and Reider began to put on the pressure as the Terriers faded. The Crimson regained the lead and never fell behind again.
Also finishing within the top ten for the varsity were Dave McLean, Art Wills, Ralph Perry, Ken Wilson, and Phil Williams. The first five Crimson runners finished within one minute of each other, which points out the great strength lying behind the squad. Five men are almost sure-fire low point-getters.
Dick Benjamin of the freshmen won his race with a time of 14:58. Jim Schlaeppi came home eight seconds later. The freshman team this year is outstanding for its great depth, as the first eight men finished within one minute of each other.
Bill Thompson, Al Gordon, Bill Gillen, Lawrence Jacquith, Henry Brown, John Demos, and Howard Katz finished in this order behind Benjamin and Schlaeppi. B.U.'s vaunted threat in Warren Tyler and Henry Dionisio, turned out to be a fluke when they finished tenth and 11th, respectively.