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With the exception of the breeze which was strong enough to mutually keep down the records in the runs, the weather in New York on Saturday could hardly have been better for the sports. The track was in very fair condition and the arrangements were in many ways better than last year's. The attendance was good and the interest in the events was intense.
The first events contested were the trial heats of the 100-yards dash. The contestants in the first heat were W. Baker, '86, Harvard; S. Derickson, Jr., '85, Columbia; A. S. Johnson, '85, Harvard; H. S. Brooks, Jr., '85, Yale, and C. G. Wilson, '83, Princeton. Baker won the heat in 10 3/4 seconds with Derickson a good second. Brooks made a false start and was therefore put back a yard.
The second heat was run by B. W. McIntosh, '84, Lafayette; W. A. Stebbins, '86, Harvard and A. G. Fell, '84, Princeton. Won by McIntosh in 10 4-5 seconds. Fell, second.
The running high jump followed. The four who contested were J. B. Harriman, '85, and O. Harriman, '83, both of Princeton and Atkinson, Denniston and Soren from Harvard. Denniston jumped the first height and then retired. J. B. Harriman failed at 5 feet 6 inches. Soren, Atkinson and O. Harriman were left. All three cleared 5 feet 7 1/2 inches, Atkinson on his third trial. The bar was then put up to 5 feet 9 1/2 inches; Soren and Harriman failed three times. Atkinson on his second jump cleared the bar in beautiful form thus beating by 1 1/4 inches the best college, and by 1/2 inch the best amateur record in the country.
For the mile run there were eight contestants, among them Morison, '83, and Walker, '84, from Harvard and Carr, '83, from Yale. Morison immediately took the lead followed closely by the other contestants, but the pace Morison set was too much for the others and by the second lap he had a long lead with the other contestants strung along for a distance of a hundred yards. It was expected that Morison would beat the record but he had a strong wind against him on the home stretch and no contestant was near enough to urge him. He crossed the line in the fine time of 4 minutes 38 3-5 seconds, within a second of the record, and beating his own record by two-fifths of a second. Carr of Yale came second, Walker third.
The mile walk was won easily by H. W. Biddle of the University of Pennsylvania, in 7 minutes 26 2-5 seconds with C. W. Robinson, of Hobart, second. S. Coolidge, '83, Harvard, came in third.
The final heat in the 100 yards dash followed, and proved to be a very pretty and exciting run. Derickson, McIntosh and Baker came in close together in the order named. Time 10 3-5 seconds.
There were eight entries for the running broad jump. Soren covered 20 feet 6 inches and won first prize; Mapes, '85, of Columbia, second. The record was somewhat impaired by the wind.
The trial heats in the hurdles were uninteresting and tamely contested. The winners in the first heat were O. Harriman, Jr., '83, of Princeton and McIntosh of Lafayette, and in the second heat R. Mulford, '84, Columbia, and J. D. Bradley, '86, Harvard. The final heat, however, was sharply contested, Harriman, the winner, running and taking the hurdles in beautiful form. His time was 18 seconds, the record being 17 3-5 seconds by Jenkins of Columbia. Mulford was second.
A sixteen pound hammer was used in throwing the hammer. The record given on the official programme of 89 feet 5 inches was made with a fifteen pound hammer. Nine men contested, among whom were L. A. Biddle, Harvard; D. B. Porter, Columbia; E. C. Peace, Princeton, and C. H. Kip, Harvard. Porter's throws excelled Kip's until the last throw, but one made by the latter which cleared 88 feet 11 inches. This beats the best college record with the 16 1b. hammer by one foot. Porter was second.
The next event was the quarter mile run. This was expected to be the finest race of the day as Brooks of Yale, with the best college record of 50 2-5 seconds, and Goodwin of Harvard, with a record of 50 3/4 seconds, were both entered. To the disappointment of all Brooks did not come to the scratch. Baker of Harvard did not run. Goodwin took the lead but did not run his best until the home stretch, when he drew away from his competitors and crossed the line in 51 1-5 seconds. Hodge of Princeton came second.
Only four teams were entered in the tug of war. The Harvard team composed of Kemp (anchor), Bachelder, Crane and Page, won the first heat over Columbia by 2 feet 1 inch. Harvard got the drop and in spite of the repeated efforts of Columbia, steadily increased her advantage until the end of ten minutes. In the second heat Lafayette won the choice of position and easily pulled Princeton, the anchor of the latter team being pulled completely from his position largely on account of the nature of the soil. In the final pull Lafayette won the toss and took the side which had been successful in the two previous pulls. Although Harvard pulled in beautiful form she was beaten by about 3 feet. If any proof were needed that this event should not be in the inter-collegiate sports the pulls on Saturday furnished it. The team which had the south position was beaten in every case, and except in the pull between Harvard and Columbia the anchor of the losing team was pulled several feet through the earth. The only excuse for retaining this event on the programme is the interest taken in it, and if it is retained for this reason it should unquestionably be pulled on cleats.
The entries for putting the shot were Kip and Biddle of Harvard, Peace of Princeton, Briggs of Yale, Wilson of Lehigh, and Reckhart of Columbia. Kip won, putting 35 feet 8 inches. Briggs was second with 30 feet.
In the first heat of the 220 yards Brooks came in first and Derickson second. Time 23 1-5 secs. In the second heat Stebbins came in first and Baker second. Time 24 1-5. In the final heat Brooks and Baker alone contested. Brooks took the lead followed closely by Baker. Baker ran close to Brooks until the last seventy-five yards, when Brooks increased his lead and Baker slowed up. Brooks won in 23 1-5 seconds.
In the two-mile bicycle race there were seven entries. Norton, of Harvard, did not compete, on account of his illne???. One of the contestants made a bad start and in consequence all but Rood, of Columbia, and Hamilton, of Yale, were thrown down. Rood took the lead followed closely by Hamilton. The other competitors again mounted their machines and followed as best they could. Despite the evident unfairness of this, they were allowed to finish the race. Reed of Columbia took third place. On the second lap Reed passed Hamilton and drew up on Rood. On the third lap he passed Rood but Rood spurted and again took first place, but on the home stretch Reed again passed him, winning in in 6 minutes 53 1-5 seconds, with Rood second. In the fall at the start Maverick of Harvard received a hurt and dropped out on the last lap.
In the half-mile run there were nine entries. Trask of Harvard took the lead, running in beautiful form followed closely by Goodwin. Trask struck a tremendous gait and soon all the contestants but Goodwin fell far behind. About a hundred and fifty yards from the finish, Goodwin passed Trask and came in at almost a hundred yards gait, crossing the line in 2 minutes 2 seconds. Trask's time was 2 minutes 5 seconds.
The pole-vault was won by Toler, '85, Princeton, who holds the best record of 10 feet 1 inch. He had already tired himself by pulling on his tug-of-war team, but nevertheless vaulted in magnificent form making 10 feet. Harriman, '83, Princeton, was second, stopping at 9 feet 6 inches. Soren failed at 8 feet and did not vault in his usual form. Toler's style of vaulting was very different from that of the other competitors. He did not seem to rely so much on his run and threw his body largely with his arms.
The result of the contest for the championship cup was as follows: Harvard, seven first prizes; Princeton, two; Columbia, two; University of Pennsylvania, one; Yale, one and Lafayette one. Besides, Harvard took three second prizes.
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