In spite of the threatening weather, the H. A. A. held its spring meeting Saturday afternoon. The track, while not at its best, was reasonably hard, and the weather even condescended to become moderately warm during the first half of the games. For all the obstacles the meeting was a success. The half-mile intercollegiate record was broken by G. P. Cogswell, '88; while Gibson changed the Harvard record in Hammer throwing from 90 ft. 1 in, to 92 ft. 4 in.
The meeting began with the mile walk, J. E. How, '91; S. C. Brackett, '91, and E. C, Wright, L. S., were the entries. Wright won in 7m. 8 3-5s. How was a good second, his time being 7m. 11 3-5s. The 120 yards hurdle race was between S. R. Bell, '91; G. S. Mandell, '89, and F. L. H. Noble, '88. Bell won easily in 17 3-5s. Mandell and Noble made a pretty, race for second place. Mandell had a slight advantage and it was given to him. The starters in the bicycle race were K. Brown, '91; E. Norton, L. S., and R. H. Davis, '91. Davis won, Brown second. The last lap was very exciting, and the race was not decided until just at the finish. Brown led most of the last lap but could not hold his place. Davis' time was 6m. 9s. Only five of the seven 100 yards men came to the scratch, These were W. Myer, '90; H. A. Kelley, '88; E. C. Moen, '91; J. W. Merrill, '89, and E. B. Bodley, L. S. Bodley got the start, but Moen overhauled him before the finish, winning in 10 1-2 s. Bodley was second. F. B. Lund, '88, ran an exhibition 120 yards in 12 1-2s. The half mile brought out H. M. Stegman, '91; H. R. Miles, '88; F. B. Dana, '88, and G. P. Cogswell, '88. Miles set a fast pace for the first quarter under 58s. Cogsll then took the lead finishing in 1m. 59 1-2s. Miles was second. This time beats the previous record 2m. 1-5s., made by Wendell Baker in 1885. A tug of war was introduced after this event. This is a new idea, to give the team which is to represent Harvard at the Mott Haven games better practice. The first tug was between E. A. Pease; '88; W. L. Munroe, '89; P. Chase, '88, and F. G. Balch, '88 (anchor), the provisional Varsity team and a scratch team composed of R. Jones, '90; C. A. Ewald, '88; W. H. McLellan, L. S., and J. J. Higgins, '91. The Varsity won by 4 inches.
Two-thirds of the distance of the 220-yards hurdle race was run by E. B. Bodley, L. S.; G. S. Mandell, '89, and F. L. H. Noble, '88. Bodley won in 16 4-5s., followed closely by Mandell. This time is very good for the distance, but not much can be told about the men until the whole race is run. The shot was put by H. Pennypacker, '88, and H. B. Gibson, '88. Pennypacker won with a put of 38 ft. 8 in. A hard quarter-mile was run between T. J. Stead, '91, and E. Sturgis, '90. The men started rather slowly, but began to spurt rather soon. Stead won in 54 2-5s. The mile run showed a new man of some promise in W. C. Downs, '90. C. A. Davenport, '90; W. C. Downs, '90; and R. B. Hale, '91, were the starters. Davenport set the pace all the way, but was closely dogged by Downs until the home stretch, when he spurted and won. Downs also finished well. Time 4m. 43 4-5s. Pennypacker and Gibson now threw the hammer. In this event Gibson broke the Harvard record, held last by D. B. Chamberlain, '86, at 90 ft. 1 in. His best throw was 92 ft. 4 in. A second tug-of-war was here pulled between the 'Varsity and the following team: E: W. Grew, '89; F. O. Raymond. '89; J. Endicott, '89, and G. Perry, '89; (anchor). The 'Varsity again won, this time by 3 1-2in. The 220-yards dash ended the track events. J. W. Merrill, '89; J. H. Slade, '90; E. B. Bodley, L. S., and E. C. Moen, '91, were the starters. Merrill had the pole, the rest starting in the order given. The men were fairly well bunched around the turn, Moen in the rear. At the 100-yards post, Bodley seemed to be leading. Moen got in some fine sprinting here, and he and Bodley breasted the tape together, tieing for the first place in 24 1-5s. The field events were closed with the running broad jump between H. B. Gibson, '88, and G. W. Wheelwright, '90. Gibson jumped 19 ft. 11 in. and won the event.
The following gentlemen acted as officers of the course: G. B. Morrison, '83, referree; J. D. Bradley and S. G. Wells, L. S., judges; H. H. Bemis, '87 judge of walking; E. C. Wright, L. S., starter; F. D. Fiske, '86, F. P. Keene. '91, and J. G. Lathrop, timers; J. M. Hallowell, '88, and G. B. Painter, '89, measurers; Copley Amory, '88, scorer; J. P. Hutchinson, '90, clerk of the course; J. Wendell, jr., '91, assistant clerk of the course.