The athletic team will leave Cambridge tomorrow morning on the 10.45 electric taking the 12 o'clock express to Hartford from the N. Y. N. E. station. Dinner will be served on the train and the team will stay over night in Hartford at the United States Hotel. Friday morning at half past ten the men will proceed to New Haven, taking up their quarters at the New Haven House and going to the field immediately after dinner. The majority of the men will return by the late night train, but the sleepers will be side-tracked early in the evening to let the men retire when they wish. Many of the fellows will stay over to the Yale-Princeton game, which is played the afternoon following the athletic sports, while a few will go to the Manhattan Athletic Club games in New York. Students can accompany the team by signing the book at Leavitt & Peirce's.
The two teams are much more evenly matched this year than last, but a comparison of the records made by Harvard and Yale in the different events in recent meetings seem to indicate that Harvard's chances are much the better. But there are always surprises in store for both sides and the following calculations are made with a full realization of the uncertainty of such predictions.
Swayne is generally accounted the most likely winner of the 100 yards dash. Brown and Allen will doubtless run a hot race between them, with Brown a likely winner and Allen third. Allen and Hawes may both save themselves for the 220 yards dash, in which case Allen will take first, Hawes second and Thompson third. In both events the results are doubtful, but Yale will probably score eleven points to Harvard's five.
Lyman will probably beat Fearing in the 120 yards high hurdles, but Harvard ought to take second and third places through Fearing and the winner of the trial heats today between McNear '95, Guerin '93, Burr L. S., and Duane '92. It is safe, however, to put Fearing first in the 220 yard low hurdles with Eaton a close second and some Yale man third. The honors in both hurdles will be pretty evenly divided, nine points to eight in Harvard's favor.
Wright of Yale cannot be expected to start in both the 440 yards dash and the half mile run. Supposing he chose the latter, Harvard has in Wright, Merrill and Pinkham a formidable trio and it is not absurd to expect them to capture all three places. Merrill and Pinkham will have a hard fight for second place with the chances somewhat in Merrill's favor. Wright of Yale will of course take first in the half mile run, while Harvard's hopes lie in Corbin for second and Batchelder for third, possibly Lakin. These two events ought to give Harvard a fair lead over Yale.
Unless Yale men run the mile much faster than they have thus far, Lowell and Nichols will cross the line in the order named. Third place may be taken by Yale.
The mile walk depends so much upon the judge's idea of fairness that the best of walkers may be ruled off even after winning the event. It looks as if the first two places at least will fall to Harvard while Yale may take third.
Cartwright will capture first in the pole vault, while Sherwin and Wheelwright will both press him hard and the order will probably be Cartwright, Sherwin and Hart, or Wheelwright. In the high jump Fearing and Green are sure of first and second places, and should Sherwin not come to the scratch, Bloss can be relied on for third place.
Bloss, too, will make the best record in the broad jump, though Yale is likely to take second, in which case Shead must come in for third.
Yale's record in shot-putting in the 'varsity meeting was greater than ours and Lyman is looked upon as a sure winner, with Evins second and Coxe third, but in the hammer contest Evins will, to all appearances, make the longest throw with Stillman and Coxe second and third.
Yale's record in the two-mile bicycle bicycle race is 6 min. 4 4-5 sec. This has been beaten by all four men who will represent Harvard, and the eight points in this event ought also to come to Harvard.
The total number of the Harvard points from this reckoning is seventy to forty-two for Yale. This will be seen to favor Harvard in many doubtful cases. The popular feeling will hardly support so large an estimate, but for want of more detailed knowledge of the Yale men, who may be strong second and third men, but not winners, no more accurate calculations could be made.