Crimson to Face Huskies In Tonight's Track Meet
Last year, Northeastern wrecked the Harvard track team's chances for a perfect dual meet season. They beat the thinclads convincingly, 61-48.
The Huskies will have their chance again tonight as they meet the undefeated Crimson squad at 6 p.m. at the Bubble. But this time, the chances are good that the boys from Huntington Ave. will be the ones to get wrecked.
"On paper we figure to be stronger," said head coach Bill McCurdy.
"I don't think they'll be as strong as they were last year," co-captain Bob Clayton agreed last night, "but the main thing is that they're really up for the meet."
The Huskies will be operating without the services of several of the stars who pushed them over the top last year. Both Ralph Bowman. Northeastern's top 1000 man last year, and pole vaulter Jim Cariseilla graduated. In addition, graduations also affected their two-mile squad.
For Harvard, a victory over Northeastern would mean a sweep of the Crimson's Boston rivals. It would also up the Crimson's record in dual meet competition against the Huskies to seven and one.
"We should have a good lead in the field events," Clayton said. "The running events could be a little tougher."
One of the races to watch will be the two mile. In the Crimson's 65-53 victory over Boston College in the last meet before Christmas break, freshman Bill Durrette surprised a lot of people with an amazing win. Finishing in 9-04:1, he ran his best race ever.
Today should be tougher as the Huskies come in with a one-two-three punch in the persons of Bill Rowe. Ken Flanders and Dave Goldsmith. In the Greater Boston cross country meet, they beat every Harvard man with the exception of Ric Rojas, who can be expected to show strongly tonight.
Harvard expects no problems in the pole vault, the 35-pound and the shot. Pole vaulter Jim Kleiger finished first on Saturday in the USTFF meet at Dartmouth with a vault of 16'1 1:4. He should win easily. And Jay Hughes, who has finished first in the weight and shot in all three meets so far, should be able to do it again. Northeastern's Paul Rao and Bill Taylor could give him some trouble, but Hughes has thrown farther than either Huskie this year.
In the dash, Northeastern's Bill Milton should present Baylee Reed with a real challenge, while Paul Horrigan should do the same to Harvard's Nick Leone in the 600.