Trackmen Topple Dartmouth 69-40 But Finish Third in G.B.I. Contest
Although it sacrificed its hoped for a victory in the Greater Boston Intercollegiate meet at Tufts, the Crimson track squad made Dartmouth's Winter Carnival a little less gay by crushing the Indian cindermen 69-40 on Saturday. After a strong showing in the G.B.I. field events on Friday night, Harvard left behind only a few runners on Saturday and placed third to Boston College.
Early in the week, track coach Bill McCurdy had hoped to repeat lest year's sweep of the two contests. Saturday morning, however, the strategic manipulations became much too "hectic," according to captain Ed Hamlin, and McCurdy decided to concentrate on winning the dual meet at Dartmouth.
Virtually the entire squad made the trip to Hanover, and the Crimson had an easy time. Few of the field men appeared tired after their competition at Tufts on Friday night and runners turned in several outstanding times.
In the major race of the afternoon, sprint star Aggrey Awori turned in a brilliant time, but was again edged by Dartmouth's Gerry Ashworth in the 50 yard dash. Ashworth has run 9.4 in the 100 yard dash, and is rapidly returning to his earlier form. Awori had lost to the Indian star in the BAA meet last month by about a yard and was unable to decrease the margin on Saturday. The former Olympian had won the high hurdles earlier, however, in 7.4 seconds.
Several other Crimson sophomores turned in very encouraging performances. Three second-year men, John Ogden, Pete Huvelle, and Bruce Miller, easily swept the 1000 yard run, with Ogden turning in a very fast 2:18.1. Keith Chiappa, also a sophomore, ran a close second to Dartmouth's Tom Holzel in the 600 yard run, and ran his fastest time of the year.
In the high jump, Jack Spitzberg leaped 6 ft. 3 1/2 in., his lifetime best. Spitzberg had also won the G.B.I. jump the night before. Chris Ohiri duplicated this feat in the broad jump, and set a new Dartmouth field house record on Saturday with a leap of 23 ft. 8 2/4 in.
Olney Croasdale, still bothered by a sore hand, was the only field man who did not compete in both meets. Croasdale had helped build up a 13-point lead for the Crimson after the G.B.I. field events by placing second in the shot put and fifth in the weight throw.
McCurdy did not feel he had enough depth to split his runners on Saturday, however, and left only a few reserves behind at Tufts. After scoring 32 points on Friday night, Harvard scored only two points in the 50 yard dash to finish 17 points behind BC.
The Crimson is now hoping to complete its dual meet season undefeated. The next contest will be against Holy Cross in Briggs Cage on Saturday. The Crusaders, though very weak as a team, will offer a powerful two mile relay squad, with a best time of around 7:32. Against Dartmouth, the Crimson relay team, although it was not pressed, ran only 8:04.8.
Even the Yale meet, in two weeks, does not pose much of a threat to the cindermen. Yale is much weaker this year than last, and Eli coach Richard Giegengack, obviously worried, has been scouting the Crimson extensively, looking for weaknesses which are apparently nonexistent.