What is potentially the strongest track team in Harvard history will open its outdoor season with Dartmouth in the Stadium this afternoon. This meet will afford Crimson fans one of its two opportunities to watch its Heptagonal champions this season locally. The hammer throw will begin at 2:30, with the first running event scheduled for 2 p.m.
If any team figures to cause trouble for the varsity, Dartmouth should, for the Crimson was hard-pressed to pull out a 60 2/3 to 48 1/3 win over the Green during the indoor season. Led by distance runners Doug Brew and Dick Schad, weightmen George Bixby and Steve Margolis, dash men Hugo Hartenstein and Joe Graham, and pole vaulter Will Springer, Dartmouth fields an imposing array of talent.
But there is no getting around the Crimson's power. In every event, with the exception of the pole vault, the varsity enters a potential winner, while in the 440, the 220 low hurdles, the two-mile, and the hammer throw the Crimson threatens sweeps.
The big Crimson problem is to find depth behind Sandy Dodge in the 100-yard dash, Joel Landau in the 120-yard high hurdles, Jim Doty in the shot, Carl Pescosolido in the javelin, and John dekiewiet in the high jump. All five are potential victors, but the Crimson has little to back them up with.
Pete Harpel in the hammer looks like a sure bet to break Sam Felton's record of 180 feet, 5 3/4 inches, but whether or not he does it this afternoon could well depend on the performance of Bixby. John DuMoulin and Doty threaten a Crimson sweep if Bixby falters.
Punch in Broad Jump
Henry Wente and Dave Gately present a strong one-two punch in the broad jump, while French Anderson and captain Dick Wharton appear unbeatable in the 440. Dodge, and either Anderson or Wharton or both, present a formidable field in the 220. Dyke Benjamin and Dave Norris should pick up the second and third places behind Reider in the two-mile, while Bill Thompson, and possibly Reider or Norris should score in the mile.
In the low hurdles, Mike Robertson and Dave Rosenthal give the Crimson strength behind Landau, while Dave Spinney could place in the 880.
Mystery event for the Crimson is the discus, which may prove one of the varsity's most powerful. Tony Gianelly, Neil Muncaster, and Hal Anderson lead the field.
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