Seeking their third consecutive Ivy League victory, the Crimson harriers will run against an undefeated Dartmouth squad this afternoon in Hanover, N. H.
Based on comparative scores, the Big Green is a slight favorite in today's meet. Both teams easily defeated Brown, but Dartmouth was a 10-point victor over Columbia, a squad which easily bested Harvard earlier in the season.
First in 15 years
Dartmouth, 3-0 this season, will be seeking its first triumph over the Crimson, which is 2-5, in years. "Harvard always runs well against us," Dartmouth Coach Ken Weinbel said yesterday. "I'm very impressed with the progress Harvard has made this season, and I don't anticipate an easy meet."
For one of the few times this fall, the Crimson will be free of those nagging injuries that have plagued the team. "We have no ill effects coming out of the Greater Boston Championships," Harvard mentor Bill McCurdy said yesterday. "There isn't an injury, a bruise, the morale is high, and we're getting madder than hell at Dartmouth."
The Crimson's main concern is captain Jim Keefe, who has not been up to par recently. His last good effort came against Columbia three weeks ago, and he will have to challenge sophomore Andy Walker, Dartmouth's top runner, this afternoon.
"It's simply a question of how well we perform," McCurdy said. "If Keefe can challenge their number one man, and if the other runners break up the Dartmouth group, I think we can win."
In addition to Walker, the Big Green runners responsible for Dartmouth's perfect record include Captain Chris Peisch, who runs in the second position, Rich Axtell, Barry Harwick and Ed Spinney.
As its record indicates, Dartmouth hasn't seen much action this fall. Harvard has five meets and a tournament behind it. The Schedule it has faced to date has been stiffer than Dartmouth's.
"If you use the Brown scores as true indicators of how things will go," McCurdy said, "today's meet will be a close one." McCurdy, of course, is banking on the Crimson.