Will Yale be just another Ivy League patsy for the Crimson thinclads to stamped over en route to an undefeated dual meet season? The Elis hit Harvard's home cinders today in what should prove to be Harvard's second straight Ivy win in the young season.
"We don't have anything that would frighten any Harvard man in any event," Yale Coach Bob Giegengack said yesterday.
Yale and Harvard have both relied on their field brigades to do most of the offensive damage this year, but the similarities between the Ivy rivals end there. Although the Bulldogs have a few bona fide field performers, only freshman javelin thrower Jim Newsom (193 ft. 3 in.) should be a threat against the high-powered Crimson line-up.
With no triple jumpers beyond the 47-ft. range, and long jumpers mired at 22 ft., Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace should not have too much to worry about. Crimson high jumpers Mel Embree (7 ft. 1 1/4 in.) and John McCulloh (6 ft. 10 in.) do not have much to fear from the Yale jumping squad, either.
Yale's strongest man in the event, Renny Tyson, cleared 6 ft. 4 in. for the first time in last week's triangle meet against Columbia and Army.
In the running events, the Elis have two exceptionally strong men, half-miler Tom Ashenfelter and three-miler Dan Schlessinger. Barry Papermaster, who chalked up a 48.7 split at the Iona Relays last Saturday, can be counted on to hit about 50 in the 440-yd. dash. Yale milers John Heckson and Drew Mearns are each capable of coming in under 4:18, but Giegengack indicated before the meet that Mearns has "been sick" and might not be up to par for today's race.
In last week's triangular meet, Yale succumbed to Army, 103-64, but still kept ahead of the floundering Lions, who netted 24 points.
In the three-cornered battle, Yale's Josh Chodosh won the hammer throw with a personal record of 164 ft. 3 in., freshman Barton Smith took the triple jump with a 46-ft. leap, and Ashenfelter and Schlessinger finished first in their races.
Without a powerhouse running squad to offset Crimson superiority in the field events, the Elis must be rated solid underdogs in today's contest. Unless Yale receives some stronger performances from already weak relay teams and a depleted middle-distance corps, Harvard should have a fairly easy time with the Elis.