Wounded Bruins are supposed to be awfully mean. And the Brown cross-country team should be growling mad when Harvard comes down to Providence to-day.
Brown -- usually the Crimson's toughest Ivy competition -- was upset last Friday by a surprising Yale squad. The Bruins didn't like it and they'll be out for revenge.
The Bruins have two runners -- Chip Ennis and John Coburn -- who should give Harvard's undefeated sophomore Doug Hardin a real challenge. Ennis, a junior and an All-Ivy choice last year, is one of the top ten harriers in the Heptagonal group, according to Harvard coach Bill McCurdy.
Coburn is tough too, and he could give Harvard's Jim Smith a battle for third. Smith, the only senior in the scoring group against Penn and Columbia last Friday, has finished in show position in all three meets this year.
After Coburn and Ennis, Brown has a strong secondary -- a bunch that could put away the Crimson much as Providence and Northeastern did. Captain Jim Wich, a slight 115-pounder, and junior George Bowman will give Harvard's middle group a real tussle.
Joe Ryan and Tom McLoone of the Crimson have the job of breaking up the Brown secondary's scoring power. McLoone, a sophomore, placed sixth against Penn and Columbia in surprisingly fast time. That was the first time McLoone finished in the scoring five, and McCurdy is counting on him heavily today.
But injuries are still a problem for the Crimson. Dick Howe and Bruce Jones won't be especially sharp because of illness and injury. Bill Stempson and Jim Baker are making comebacks, and one of them should be Harvard's fifth finisher.
The Brown course is hard, flat, and fast -- perfectly suited for Ennis, a speedster who has run a 9:05 two-mile.