The following is a brief summary of Harvard athletic events over the past three weeks.
Cincinnati, June 18--It had been three years in the waiting, but the Harvard heavyweight crew team once again became the best in the land after rowing to a surprising, exciting come-from-behind victory in the Cincinnati Invitational Regatta on Lake Harsha to claim the national title.
The University of Washington, the West Coast's sole representative in the race, led for most of the two kilometers before the Crimson pulled even in the last 25 meters. The Harvard oarsmen nipped Wisconsin at the finish line, 5:59.6 to 6:00, a margin of two feet.
Further back were Brown, which finished a close second to the Crimson at the Eastern Sprints in mid-May, and finally Yale, the two-time defending national champs and recent victor over Harvard in the Harvard-Yale Regatta June 5.
The win capped a 4-2 season for the Crimson, and brought coach Harry Parker his 11th national title in his 20 years of leading Harvard varsity heavyweight boats.
Cambridge, England, June 18--Twenty-six Harvard track and field athletes combined with the best of the Yale track team to capture the Naughton Trophy, in the teams' biannual meet with athletes from Oxford/Cambridge.
The Americans, dubbed "Colonials" by the English officials, had little trouble in overcoming their British counterparts. vanquishing them 222-144. Led by Crimson Co-Captain Gus Udo, who won the triple jump and the high jump, the American men triumphed in 18 of the 19 events. Other Harvard winners included Dwayne Jones in the 400 meters. Brad Bunney in the 800, Adam Dixon in the 1500, and Paul Gompers in the 10,000.
Harvard's Marie Acacia led the women's charge, becoming the only female double winner by taking the shot put and discus. Teammate Kate Wiley outran the competition in the 3000 meters.
Eighty-four years old, the Cambridge Oxford track meet is the oldest continuous international collegiate competition in the world, and it proved the highlight of the track team's two-week trip in England and Ireland. In other overseas meets, Harvard defeated Birmingham June 12 and Liverpool, Leeds and host Manchester June 14.
Cleveland, June 13--After being picked in the 15th round of the Major League baseball draft earlier in the month, Harvard baseball's Vinnie Martelli signed with the Cleveland Indians and was assigned to their Batavia Club in the New York-Penn League.
The former Crimson catcher led Harvard in hitting this past season with a .426 average and was voted All-Eastern league and All-New England. Martelli was a four-year varsity starter for Harvard and is the cousin and godson of former Boston Red Sox star Tony Conigliaro.
New York, June 8--Two Harvard hockey players were picked in the annual National Hockey League draft. The Calgary Flames selected Crimson goalie Grant Blair in the sixth round and the Philadelphia Flyers tapped incoming freshman Allen Bourbeau in the fourth. A star at Acton-Boxboro High School, Bourbeau led Massachusetts in scoring in his senior year.
Current Harvard players already drafted include junior center Scott Fusco and senior forward Jay North.
Cambridge, June 8--Seniors Don Allard and Mark Fusco shared the prestigious Bingham Award, given annually to the top graduating male athlete, at Harvard's Senior Athletic Letter winners banquet. Allard quarterbacked the football team in the fall and was a star outfielder on the baseball team, while Fusco was a three-time All-American defenseman on the Crimson's 1983 hockey squad, which reached the NCAA finals.
Francesca DenHartog and Maureen Finn, teammates on the women's lacrosse and field hockey teams, shared the Radcliffe equivalent of the Bingham Award for outstanding athletic contributions to the school in the past four years.
Houston, June 3--Harvard sophomore Jenny Stricker garnered All-American honors by finishing third in the 3000 meters at the nationals, the only member of the Harvard track team to qualify for the finals of the meet Stricker was clocked at 9:11.50