The Crimson cross country team moved to an impressive victory yesterday in the triangular meet against Columbia and Penn, taking eight of the top ten places and whipping the highly touted Penn varsity by 21 to 40 in the dual scoring.
The Harriers defeated Columbia, 15 to 50. Penn also beat the Lions.
Mark Mullin swept through the five-mile course in 36:18:3 to win by half a minute over Earnest Tracy, the Penn number one man who defeated him in this meet last year. Ed Hamlin and Jed Fitzgerald placed third and fourth.
Judging from yesterday's showing, the Crimson should have little trouble is Tuesday's meet against the University of Massachusetts. The team faces Dartmouth Friday in what may prove a rough afternoon.
The Yardling team was also successful thanks to a one-two finish by Ed Meehan and Mike Platt. Meehan covered the three-mile course in 15:36.
Hamlin's and Fitzgerald's times were 37 and 37:04, respectively. The next Harvard finisher was Greg Baldwin, who trailed Penn's Bob Reisinger for sixth. Bob Knapp, Ed Hildreth, Jack Benjamin, and Fred Howard placed seventh through tenth.
Howard, the captain of the regular track team, was running in the second cross-country race of his life. His first was a fifth in last Tuesday's meet against Boston University and Providence College.
Other Crimson runners were Gerry Webb, 14th; John Evans, 17th; Don Kirkland, 18th; and Jim Bonner, 19th.
The Penn-Columbia win raised the Harriers to a 2-1 record. In their opening, the Crimson runners lost to Cornell, 22 to 33.