Most athletic coaches will expound on the importance of momentum, but Harvard track coach Bill McCurdy does not have to do much talking--his squad is riding high on a wave of momentum after a first place finish in last weekend's Greater Boston championships.
The resounding victory--Harvard, 95; Northeastern, 67; and B.C., 60, with Brandeis, B.U., MIT and Tufts floundering far behind--marked the fifth win in five attempts for the Crimson this year.
Although the meet was divided into two parts--field events Friday at Briggs Cage and running events Saturday at Tufts' Dussault Cage--Harvard's trackmen painted the outcome Crimson after only one day's competition by taking a 58-16 lead Friday over nearest competitor Northeastern.
Harvard's trackmen won four of Friday's six field events in building up the practically insurmountable lead. Dan Jiggetts began the assault in the 35-lb. weight throw, hurling the weight 60 ft.-2 1/4 in. for first place. Steve Hanes skied to victory in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 14 ft. even.
Hasan Kayali led a strong Crimson performance in the triple jump with a winning leap of 47-ft., 6 1/2-in., and Mel Embree took first in the high jump with a 7-ft., 1 1/2-in. vault.
Although Harvard had virtually locked up the victory by that point the other schools made a run at it in Saturday's track events, shutting the Crimson out in the 50-yd. dash, the mile run and the hurdles.
Jeff Campbell turned in a 2:11.1 clocking for first in the 1000, though, and Harvard nabbed first place in the two-mile relay.