For the first time in twenty years, Harvard has won only third place in the intercollegiate games. The contest on Saturday was a hard one, however, and one of which Harvard men do not need to feel ashamed, although the fact that the result was attributable to the unexpected outcome of one or two events makes the defeat a hard one to bear. Yale earned her victory by clear superiority in four events and by a very creditable showing in others. The race between Harvard and Pennsylvania was very exciting. First one college would lead by a point and then the other, until the score was tied at 20 points each. The result of the pole vault, after Hoyt and Bucholtz had shared the honor of making a new intercollegiate record, decided the relative standing of the two colleges in the final score.
Four intercollegiate records in all were broken, - those in the mile run, hammer, shot and pole vault and records were equalled in the 100 and 220 dashes, and in the high and low hurdles. The bicycle record was broken by Manley of Swathmore on Friday.
The score of points won by the colleges entered is: Yale 30, Pennsylvania 25, Harvard 22, Iowa 10, California 7, Dartmouth 5, Swarthmore 5, Union 4, Amherst 3, Columbia 1, Princeton 1.
The games will go on record as the best managed of any that have ever been held. The programme was run off with machine-like accuracy and promptness. The field was kept clear of all unauthorized onlookers, giving the spectators a chance to see everything at its best.
Captain Bingham's injury on Friday was a great disappointment as his chances in the quarter mile were very good. As it was, however, through the excellent work of Vincent and Mansfield, Harvard made as good a showing in this event as could have been expected, as Koch of California would probably have won at least third in any case.
Crumm of Iowa did the most brilliant work of the day, winning first place in both the 100 yards and 220 dashes, and beating Richards of Yale in both events. He was protested by Yale on the ground of being a professional but it is not expected that the charge will be sustained. His time in the 220 dash stands 22 seconds through a technicality though competent timers gave him 21 4/5s.
Bigelow deserves mention for the plucky race he ran in this event. He was obliged to run an extra heat, - that for seconds, and though he beat out Derr of Princeton, whom many had picked to win the event, he was too much used up to be at his best in the final.
The most interesting events for Harvard were the quarter and half mile runs. The starters in the latter were Hollister, Vincent, Bordman and Lakin of Harvard, Sichel of Pennsylvania, Kigsley of Colorado, Kilpatrick of Union and Crane of Yale. Lakin, Hollister and Vincent led in the first lap. In the second, Hollister forced the running, hotly chased by Vincent and Kilpatrick. Lakin was able to keep the crowd also up to the last turn, when the three leaders drew ahead as if on a sprint.
Kilpatrick got two yards to the good on the first brush, but Hollister had him caught in half a dozen strides, and for 50 yards or so the two swept toward the tape together. Gradually Hollister forged ahead, gaining inch by inch, and won in splendid form, a yard and a half ahead of his competitor.
The mile run was one of the best of the day. Orton ran in magnificent form, and got far ahead of his nearest competitor. Jarvis and Kilpatrick had a terribly hot race for second place, and went around the last turn of the mile as though they had just started out on a 440 yards dash. The pace was tremendous and Kilpatrick, notwithstanding his race in the half a little while before, was able to get second place.
In the low hurdles Bremer equalled his world's record of 24 3/5s.
In the pole vault, Hoyt of Harvard and Bucholtz of Pennsylvania left their rivals and tied at 11 ft. 2 3/4 in. Both failed at 11 ft. 6 3/4 in. and were so tired that they kept on failing as the bar was gradually lowered. At this crisis the age and experience of Bucholtz, who is 10 years older than Hoyt, began to tell, and at last when the bar was at 10 ft. 9 1/3 in., the Pennsylvania man went over and Hoyt could not.
The high jump was a disappointment for Harvard. Paine failed at 5. feet 10 3/4 in. and the two Pennsylvania men, Leslie and Winsor who tossed for the prize and took first and second in the order named.
Harvard's chances which had looked dark at the beginning brightened up when Vincent and Mansfield won first and third respectively in the quarter and especially when Yale was shut out of the high hurdles and failed to get first in the sprints. California's representatives did good work, winning places in the high and low hurdles, in the quarter and in the hammer throw.
The appended summary gives the points won by each college in the various games, counting five for first place, two second and one for third.