A few minutes before the freshman game last Saturday two successful attempts were made to lower Harvard records, G. R. Fearing, '93, jumping 6 feet 1-4 in., and W. C. Downs running the 1-4 mile in 49 seconds. Fearing came out first. By gradual rises the bar was at 5 feet 10 1-2 in., and Fearing cleared it at the first attempt. Then the bar was put at 5 feet 11 1-2 in, and again Fearing cleared it at the first attempt, beating the Harvard record held by H. L. Clark, '87, by 3-4 inch. The bar was then raised to 6 feet 1-4 in., and Fearing cleared it without any effort. At 6 feet 1 in., Fearing failed after three trials, although at the first attempt he got well over the bar, but struck it with his shoulder in coming down.
W. C. Downs, '90, then ran the 1-4 mile in 49 seconds, beating the Harvard record held by Downs by 1 1-5 second, and the intercollegiate record held by Dohm by 1 second. The first 220 yards were made in 24 seconds, Downs starting rather slowly. In the last half Lee '91, ran alongside of Downs, setting a good pace. This record is only 2-5 of a second slower than the world's record on a circular track. The record for a straight track is 47 3-4 seconds, held by Wendell Baker, '86.