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The third winter meeting of the Athletic Association was fully up to the standard of the meetings of this and previous years. The attendance was, if possible, larger than ever, and although the number of entries was smaller than at the corresponding exhibition last year, still what was lost in numbers was made up in skill.
UNIVERSITY CREW.The first event of the afternoon was the exhibition on the rowing weights given by the University Crew, rowing in the following order: Bow, Mumford, '84; 2, Sawyer, '83; 3, Belshaw, '83; 4, Gilman, '85; 5, Perkins, '84; 6, Hammond, '83 (capt.); 7, Clarke, '84; stroke, Curtis, '83. The class crew weights were used. The crew made a fine show in their new and spotless costumes and the fact that the men were carefully graded in height from bow to stern gave them a remarkably even and regular appearance as they took their seats on the weights. The general form of the crew is better than ever before at this season of the year, and the looks of satisfaction with which they were regarded by the spectators, testified to the confidence with which we look forward to the outcome of our next struggle with Yale. The time was good and the rowing regular, especially with the men in the stern and waist; in one or two cases the catch and shoot were not emphasized enough, but as a general thing much snap and vigor were shown. The crew, owing to the slight indisposition of one or two members, rowed only about sixty strokes.
RUNNING HIGH JUMP.For this event there were but four entries, Mr. Denniston, who has the best Harvard record in this event, being unable to compete on account of an injury to his leg. As Mr. Bachelder had withdrawn from the competition for the general excellence prize, be did not compete. The entries were, D. C. Clark. '86; C. H. Atkinson, '85; W. A. Stebbins, '86, and G. B. Morison, '83. Of these Mr. Morison was the only contestant for the HERALD prize.
The bar was started at 4 feet 6 8-10 inches. The height was cleared with ease by all the contestants. Atkinson failed at 5 feet 2 3-10 inches. As the bar rose, the failures on the first and second trial became numerous, but the success on the third trial always called forth rounds of applause. Mr. Stebbins failed at 5 feet 3 8-10 inches, leaving the event to Mr. Clark. Mr. Clark and Mr. Stebbins both show promise of becoming as good jumpers as we have had.
FLYING RINGS.The next event was the flying rings, for which there were three entries - J. B. Walker, '84 (black); G. B. Morison, '83 (white), and T. C. Bachelder, '83 (blue). The feats of Bachelder were noted particularly for their strength, while Morison, especially in his front flyaway, excelled in grace. Walker's socket motions were good. The whole exhibition was watched with great interest and was an excellent display throughout. Bachelder's back turn-over was an especially difficult feat and well executed. The event was won by Bachelder.
ROPE CLIMBING.For this event there were four entries: Foster, '85; J. Marquand, '85, and F. W. Kaan, '83. Mr. Kaan was one of the contestants last year, when his time was 33 1/2 sec.
The first trial was between Burgess and Foster. Burgess had the eastern rope and Foster the western. Neither was able to climb to the top. Foster won the bout, climbing 45 2-5 seconds before he stopped, some ten feet from the top.
The second bout was between Marquand and Kaan. Marquand had the eastern rope and Kaan the western. Mr. Marquand succeeded in winning the bout and event in 25 sec. The height of the rope was about 45 ft.
POLE VAULT.W. Soren, '83; H. F. Mandell, '84, and C. M. Field, '84, were contestants in this event. It was won at last year's winter meeting by Mandell, with a record of 9 ft. 3/4in., and at the Polo Grounds last year by Soren, at 9 ft. 6 in. This is but 2 3/4 inches below the best college record. The bar was started at 6 feet, and was raised 6 inches each time. As the bar was rapidly raised, each jump aroused considerable enthusiasm among the spectators. Mandell and Soren excelled in form, while Field relied largely on his run. Field failed three times at 8 feet, and dropped out of the contest, which was now left to Soren and Mandell. As both these contestants have won the event at different times, and have both made good records, the jumping from this point on was watched with great interest by the audience, who gave frequent evidences of their admiration by bursts of applause.
At 8 ft. 6 in. Soren caused considerable laughter, failing the first time, but clearing the bar with a large margin to spare on the second trial. At this point the tallest stewards in the association were in demand. After three good tries Mandell failed at 9 feet. At 9 ft. Soren cleared the bar by several inches, causing great excitement. The applause was prolonged for some time. The bar was then put at 9 ft. 9 in., a quarter of an inch above the record; at this height Soren baulked at the first attempt, but his pole knocked off the bar. Considerable laughter was caused by the frantic efforts of the stewards to put the bar in place. On the third try the bar was cleared, but in falling to the ground Soren knocked the bar off. Soren finally gave up the attempt to beat the record.
In vaulting 9 feet, 6 inches, the bar was undoubtedly cleared by more than enough to beat the record, but when the bar was finally put at 9 feet, 9 inches, Mr. Soren was too tired to repeat the performance.
DOUBLE TRAPEZE.The performance on the double trapeze by Bachelder and Davis was remarkably good for college athletes. Davis soon took the upper trapeze. His holding Bachelder by his feet and then by one arm, while Bachelder held his body horizontally, was loudly applauded. Bachelder then took the upper trapeze, and some very difficult feats were performed. Among other things, Davis dropped from the upper trapeze, Bachelder holding him by his feet, and snapping him up several times, so that he caught him by his hands. The applause that followed the event was prolonged until the performers were called out. After this event Mr. Lowell brought out the Mott Haven cup, and exhibited it to the audience.
This cup has been awarded for the past seven years to the college winning the most events at the inter-collegiate meetings. In '76 it was won by Princeton, in '77, '78 and '79 by Columbia and in '80, '81 and '82 by Harvard. The winners of the meeting in 1882 were Goodwin, '84, one-half and one-quarter mile runs; Morison, mile run; Norton, 2-mile bicycle race, and Soren, running high jump and pole leaping. Mr. Lowell stated that Yale and Columbia were making great efforts to win the cup this year, but that the Harvard association were ready to do their best to retain it. After Mr. Lowell had finished, nine cheers were given for the Harvard Athletic Association.
HORIZONTAL BAR.The entries for the horizontal bar were, A. C. Denniston, '83; J. C. Faulkner, '86; F. B. Fay, '83; G. B. Morison, '83. Denniston did remarkably well, though suffering from a lame ankle, and his movements were throughout excellent exhibitions of strength. The movement of all the contestants were remarked for their grace, those of Faulkner especially winning applause. Faulkner won laurels by executing the giant swing and then turning and doing it backwards several times. He was awarded the cup.
RUNNING HIGH KICK.Cary, '86; Kimball, '86; Fessenden, '86; Soren, '83, and Fogg, '85, were entered. This event was introduced at Harvard for the first time last year, when Mr. Soren kicked a height of 8 feet, 4 inches. This does not count as a record, however, as the kicking was made from a mattress. The contest soon narrowed down to Soren and Fessenden. Soren won with a jump of 8 feet, 8 1/2 inches.
TUMBLINGHad six entries: Messrs. Fay, Fox, Denniston, Morison and Soren of the senior class, and L. W. Kendall of the juniors. The tumbling of all the competitors was very graceful, that of Kendall, Fox and Fay exciting special commendation. The event was won by Fox.
TUG-OF-WAR.Interest in this event had been increasing all through the week. Both teams had been "dark horses" until their respective victories at the last two meetings. Chances, during the latter part of the week, have been reckoned about even by the knowing ones. '83 has been slightly the favorite, though '86 had a great deal of confidence in the skill of their anchor and in the "bull-dog grit" of other members of the team. '83, however, had the advantage of a heavy anchor. The teams, both of which had been practising faithfully through the week, were made up as follows: '83, H. Lilienthal, T. C. Bachelder, W. Fuller, J. H. B. Easton (anchor); '86, G. C. Adams, H. T. Allen, T. H. Cabot, W. R. Dewey (anchor).
The word was given at 5.22, with '83 on the south side, and '86 on the north. The drop was about even, but '83 heaved immediately, and gained two inches. Soon after '83 again heaved, gaining an inch, one-half of which was immediately regained by a heave from '86. At the end of the first minute the knot was two and one-half inches toward the '83 side, where it remained until the end of the second minute. During the third minute '83 tried three heaves, but in the two first '86 got in ahead, and gained one and one-half inch. The third heave was about even. '83 now rested an instant, and then gave a hard heave, gaining an inch. At the end of the fourth minute '83 had about three inches, which lead they slowly increased to four inches, which they retained to the end, thus winning the championship for the year.
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