The Crimson track team will send its front-line performers into the Knights of Columbus meet Saturday in the Boston Garden, after the whole squad gets a warm-up against Brown tonight in Briggs Cage.
The contest with the Bruins, scheduled for 6 p.m., should stretch the Crimson's dual meet record to 4-0; Brown coach Ivan Fuqua admitted, "We're going to get murdered; nobody in the East can touch Harvard."
But McCurdy's charges will learn the taste of competition in the K of C meet. They'll be performing against many of the nation's best amateur track performers.
Chris Pardee and Charles Njoku will give Harvard strong representation in the high jump, competing against a field that includes one seven-foot jumper, Louisianan Dick Ross. Pardee, who has cleared 6 ft., 10 in., has apparently recovered from an ankle sprain that kept him out of last week's meet against Boston College. Njoku topped 6 ft., 6 in. against the Eagles and may be ready to soar even higher in the Garden.
Aggrey Awori, Wayne Anderson, and freshman sensation Carter Lord will compete against Olympic silver medalist Paul Drayton in the 50-yard dash. Awori, Tony Lynch, Harvey Thomas, and Yardling Terence Golden will try the hurdles.
Captain Art Croasdale will lead a contingent in the weight events, and Jim Smith and freshman Jim Baker will go in the mile; Sam Robinson and Jeff Huvelle will compete in the 600, and Keith Chiappa will run the 1000 for the Crimson.
McCurdy feels that Chiappa has a particularly good chance to make a strong showing, and may keep the senior runner out of the Brown meet so that he'll be fresh on Saturday.
Hewlett Staying Out
The only significant absentee from the Harvard ranks in the K of C's will be All-America cross-country runner Walt Hewlett, who had been scheduled to run the two-mile. Hewlett was ill over the holidays, however, and apparently has not yet fully recovered.
According to McCurdy, the only chance Brown has of toppling the Crimson will be "to catch us completely with our pants down. But I think Art and the boys will have them up," he added.
Croasdale, John Bakkensen, and Ray Frieden should have little trouble with the Bruin weightmen. Three Brown high jumpers cleared 6 ft., 2 in. in a meet with B.U. earlier in the season, but that's well below the range of Pardee and Njoku.
The Bruins' main strength is in the running events. Rich Baglow should take the 1000. The Crimson's John Ogden, bothered by a cold during the holidays, may not compete against him. Brown's Dave Strawbridge and Mike Henderson, the team captain, may go one-two in the 600 if Chiappa doesn't compete.
Bruin Vic Boog will test Jim Smith in the mile. Smith ran a strong race against B.C. but is not noted for his consistency. If Hewlett runs the two-mile, he should win it, but if Walt stays out, Bob Rothenberg will give Brown the first place.
The Bruins are weak in the broad lump, sprints, and hurdles, and don't have a vaulter who can go higher than 18 ft.