Crimson Thinclads Shut Out of Finals For National Title
Harvard finished out of the running at the NCAA Track and Field Championships held Saturday in Detroit's Cobo Hall, as none of the Crimson thinclads advanced to the final rounds.
Manhattan won the title by a six-point lead that left Kent State, the University of Texas at EI Paso and Kansas in a tie for second.
The five Harvard trackmen who went to Detroit, however, were not far from qualifying. "It's not quite as bad as it would appear at first sight," Assistant Coach Ed Stowell said yesterday. "We weren't that far off."
In the weight throw, Harvard's Jay Hughes made a 58 ft. 11 3/4 in. toss good for ninth place in the qualifying round. The top six qualifiers went to the finals where the winning distance was 68 ft. 3 1/2 in.
Junior Jim Kleigerpole vaulted 15 ft. 6 in., but came in ninth in the trials, of which the top seven qualified for the final round. The winning height was 17 ft.
Junior Nick Leone ran the 600 in 1:12.9 and placed eighth in the trial run. Of these, again the top six moved into final competiton. The final winning time for the 600 was 1:10 flat.
In the 1000-yd. run, senior Bob Clayton placed third in his heat with a time of 2:11.5, but only the top two from each heat qualified. The winning time in the 1000 was 2:10 flat.
The mile run saw John Quirk placing fourth with 4:10.8. The top three of each heat competed in the finals where the winning time was 4:03.4.