It's not that Harvard track has no friends--they are just not organized. That's why the undefeated track team must pay its own way to Quantico, Va., for the annual Marine Corps Schools Relays, April 6 and 7.
Since the team members have to finance their own transportation, not everyone on the team will make the trip. Coach Bill McCurdy, therefore, has termed it an informal spring training meet, with the purpose of bringing home seasoned runners, rather than team laurels. The latter would be hard to obtain anyway, for the varsity is faced by the best track stars of 40 other colleges.
Actually, the meet will give McCurdy an opportunity to appraise the potential of his outdoor team. The team which swept through its indoor season may be hard pressed to maintain its victory streak, since outdoor meets include four events not included in indoor programs--discus, javelin, 120 high hurdles, and 220 low hurdles. In addition, there are two dashes, instead of one.
Question of Talent
The question is whether or not McCurdy can find the talent for these events. The Quantico meet may answer his question.
Joel Cohen will test his foot for the first time since he broke it two months ago. If he can regain his indoor form, the track team could be well-nigh un-beatable, for it gained its biggest victories without him.
McCurdy will have the opportunity to test his two javelin throwers, Chris Angermeyer and Ed Hurley. Captain Art Siler, the team's shotputter and discus-thrower should excel in both events.
Ed Carter and freshman Joel Landau will probably run the 120-yard high hurdles, while Mike Gordon will enter the 400-meter hurdles, a special pre-Olympic event. Another Olympic event, the 3000-meter steeplechase, will be run by Dave Norris, Ralph Perry, and either Dave McLean or freshman Bill Gillen.
In the special relays, Art Mayo, Norm Bruck, Ed Carter, and either Fred Smith, Jim Greer, or Hank Wente will run the 440. Robertson, Bruck, Carter, and either Dick Norris or Bill Morris will race in the sprint medley relay.
Chance for Trophy
The Crimson has a good chance to capture the four-mile trophy, with a surplus of good milers, Phil Williams, Ken Wilson, Pete Reider, Morris, and McLean.
Cohen will anchor the shuttle hurdle team to Carter, Art Martin, and Robertson. McCurdy will probably enter his top mile relay of Robertson Jim Cairns or Al Wills, French Anderson, and anchorman Dick Wharton. Morris, Williams, Reider, and Wilson will form the two-mil relay and Mayo, Carter, Greer, and Bruck will run the 880.
In individual events, Landau and Bruck will enter the 100-yard dash; Wills and Gillen, the mile; Reider, Norris, and Perry, the two mile; and Wharton and Cairns, the 880.
In the field events, Jack Murphy and Jerry Fields will high jump, Kip Smith and Don Richards will vault, Cohen and possibly Warren Plath or Mayo will broad jump, and Pete Harpel will throw the hammer.
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