The fast-improving Harvard varsity tracksters, sky high after romping to victory in the Greater Boston Collegiate Track Meet last Saturday, should have no problem in handling mediocre Brown today at the "Bubble."
Harvard has swept through New England track competition this season. B.C., B.U., and Northeastern have all fallen prey to the Crimson's overpowering strength and depth.
Traditional nemesis Army handed Harvard its sole defeat this year in a tight contest that was decided in the last relay. The Crimson will again face Army a week from today in the Heptagonals.
Today's meet against Brown should be little more than a warm-up for the Heps. The Bruins, who sport a 3-2 record, will threaten in only three events--the dash, pole vault, and broad jump. Two Brown pole vaulters have cleared 14', but Harvard's Pete Lazarus, who vaulted 14' 6" against Army, should take first. One Bruin to watch is Grey Owellette, undefeated in the broad jump.
Harvard's great strength lies in the long distance events and the weight classes. Roy Shaw--who sparkled in a come-from-behind mile win in last Saturday's G.B.C.T. meet--Tom Spengler, and Jon Ensco provide the team with its mile power, and Shaw and Ensco also combine to give the Crimson winning speed in the 1000.
"Dauntless" Doug Hardin, and sophomore Dave Pottetti provide the Strength in the two-mile. Running in his first meet last Saturday after a three-month layoff, Hardin nipped a victory at the wire despite a bad start.
Harvard is nationally known for its super-stars in the weight classes. Captain Dick Benka is ranked third in the country among shot putters; his best heave of 61' 53/4" broke all Eastern college records. Charlie Ajootian adds to the put strength and leads all U.S. collegiate throwers in the 35-1b. weight.
The Crimson's weakest points are the dash and hurdles and the lack of depth in the middle running events. Army, particularly strong in the dashes and 600, could capitalize on these weaknesses next Saturday. But Harvard's strong areas should offset this and force the Heptagonals decision into the last relay.