PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 2--Harvard's longest extant undefeated string came to an inglorious ending this afternoon as the powerful Yale cross country team edged out the varsity 26 to 29 on a rain-soaked Princeton course. The Crimson did beat their Tiger hosts, however, 20 to 41.
Earlier, the Bullpups capitalized on a vast superiority in depth to humble the previously undefeated Yardlings, 23 to 35. The freshmen in turn defeated the Tiger Cubs, 22 to 33.
Yale's heralded trio of Jack Bogan, Tim Hogen, and John Kingston were not the story in this meet. Rather, less highly-regarded Al Friedman and John Slowik turned in the performances which spelled the end of Crimson hopes for a third consecutive undefeated season, and 20th and 21st consecutive wins.
Actually, Crimson strategy, which called for breaking up the Yale high-scoring trio, worked, as both Jim Schlaeppi and Dave Norris finished ahead of Kingston, behind Bogan and Hogen. But Friedman, running one of his best races of the season, finished right behind Norris, and Slowik unleashed a tremendous finishing kick in the last 100 yards to nip Captain Dave McLean by a couple of steps for the eighth position. Ralph Perry finished right behind McLean to complete the varsity scoring.
The race itself shaped up nearly as had been predicted, with Crimson ace Pete Reider duelling Princeton's spectacular sophomore Rod Zwirner for the lead. Yale contented itself with gaining the all-important third through eighth positions, ignoring the two front-runners.
Several factors entered into the Yale win. The race was run over a different course from the one scheduled, as the regular Princeton course was inundated by the residue of three days' rain. The alternate course, more hilly than the original course, together with the heavy footing caused by the intermittent showers, hampered McLean, who was running on a weak ankle. As a result, McLean did not come up with the expected performance that would have upset the scoring