Yale Track Team Edges Crimson; Princeton Last in Triangular Meet
NEW HAVEN, Conn., Feb. 22--Bill McCurdy's varsity track team outdistanced Princeton, but couldn't build up enough points to match Yale's domination of the field events in the Big Three's annual triangular meet today at Yale's Coxe Cage.
The Yardlings also defeated Princeton but were unable to top Yale in their meet.
Outstanding victories by Art Willis in the mile and Dick Wharton in 1000, along with Joel Cohen's win in the 60-yard high hurdles, gave the varsity a slight lead on Yale. But hen Yale won the pole vault, the jumps, the hammer, and the shot, even the varsity's sweep of the relays was not enough to stave off the Elis who tallied 56 3-5 points to the Crimson's 53 2-5, and the Tiger's 27.
Wills' victory in the mile, the Crimson's best race of the day, showed that he has solved McCurdy's distance problems. His time of 4:19.6 is the fastest registered by a varsity runner in several seasons, and should mean a Heptagonal victory if he can repeat it.
After competing in the 600 during the entire season, Dick Wharton switched to the 1000 and he too was never headed, as he easily outran the pre-meet favorite, Princeton's Tempest Lowry.
Another of the Crimson's distance runners, Don French, continued the varsity's string of upsets when he sprinted past Yale's Marty Duckworth in the last lap of the two mile, taking in 9:51.9.
By juggling his relay teams McCurdy also found winning combinations in these events. He changed Wharton from his usual spot in the mile relay to anchor man in the two mile and put Alan Howe in Wharton's position behind Rittenburg in the mile. The gamble paid off when Wharton held a 15-yard lead in the two mile and Howe kept a slightly shorter advantage in the mile.
Yale, however, had two giants named Thomson and Henderson. Thomson threw the weight 58 ft. 10 1-2 in., only 1-8 in, under the Coxe Cago record, and Henderson followed him with a 55ft. 6 in. effort. Carl Goldman's excellent toss, which went well over 54 feet, was only good for a third. Thomson also won the shot put at 52 ft. 1 in, and again Henderson followed him, forcing Art Siler into third place.