The finals of the thirty-fourth annual intercollegiate track meet will be held in the Stadium this afternoon, beginning at 3 o'clock. General admission to the east side of the Stadium will be 50 cents. Reserved seats at $1.50 and $1 are on public sale at the Athletic Office and at Leavitt & Peirce's in Cambridge, and in Boston at Wright & Ditson's. Neither baseball season tickets nor H. A. A. tickets will be accepted for admission, as the meet is not held under the auspices of the Harvard Athletic Association.
As a result of the preliminary trials held in the Stadium yesterday afternoon, Harvard's chances appear brighter than before. Yale on the whole fared worse than was expected, but Cornell and Pennsylvania showed signs of strength that may make the final result dangerously close. The University led in the number of men qualifying for the finals with 15; Yale and Cornell tied for second with 12 each; Pennsylvania had 8 men and Princeton 7. The other colleges to qualify were Dartmouth with 3, Michigan, Columbia, and Syracuse, 2 each, and Swarthmore, Brown, and Haverford, 1 each. In addition to this Harvard, Cornell, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Williams, and Dartmouth have 1 man each entered in the 100-yard dash and Princeton has 2 men.
The University team showed surprising strength in the 440-yard run and the high jump. In the former event Blumer, Kelley, Merrithew, and deSelding all won their way to the finals, and in the high jump Harwood, Lawrence and Pope are left. Captain Rand showed his best form in both the hurdle races and Foster ran strongly in his heat in the 220-yard dash. Captain Rand established a new Harvard record in the 120-yard hurdles by winning his heat in 15 2-5 seconds.
The pole-vault was the most extraordinary event of the day. Six men cleared the bar at 12 feet, 1 1-8 inches, thereby creating a new intercollegiate record. The men who now hold the record are J. L. Barr '09, C. S. Campbell and F. T. Neison, both of Yale, E. T. Cook of Cornell, J. F. Pickles of Pennsylvania, and C. Vezin, Jr., of Princeton. If the weather is good today, this record will undoubtedly be beaten again. The distances in the broad jump were surprisingly poor, but this may be partially accounted for by the heavy take-off. Considerable change in the positions as they stand at present will probably take place this afternoon. The hammer-throw is another event in which improvement is looked for today. Talbott and Horr are left to fight it out for first as Cooney unexpectedly failed to qualify.
The Track Events.
No heats were run in the 100-yard dash as all but eleven of the entries were scratched. This event will be run today in two preliminary heats in which the first three men will qualify for the finals.
The trial heats in the 880-yard run were the first events to be run off yesterday. Beck of Pennsylvania won the first heat in the remarkable time of 1 minute, 56 4-5 seconds. French of Cornell ran a carefully planned race and finished just ahead of Kirjassoff of Yale for second place. Warren of Harvard was close to Kirjassoff at the finish, but could not quite overtake him. Pennsylvania again showed up strongly in the second heat, which was won by Paull in 1 minute, 58 4-5 seconds. Whiteley of Princeton led a great part of the way and was a good second at the finish. Spitzer of Yale took third, shutting out Vilas of Yale who was just ahead of Boyden of Harvard. The third heat was run in slower time, Frantz of Princeton winning in 2 minutes, 2 2-5 seconds. Sanders of Columbia and Baxter of Dartmouth shut out Guild of Harvard and Mann of Yale for the other places. As a result of these trials it looks as if Pennsylvania would score the most points in the final heat, thus injuring the chances of Yale and Cornell.
The first heat of the 120-yard hurdles was very encouraging, as Rand won in 15 2-5 seconds, showing better form than at any time previously this year. Dwight of Princeton easily took first from Welch of Syracuse in the second heat. Besse of Harvard was a good third. Howe of Yale won the third heat in 15 3-5 seconds, with Piper of Harvard second. Hartranft of Pennsylvania made the same time in the fourth heat. He was closely pressed by Robbins of Yale, who took second. The fifth heat was a walk-over for Talcott of Cornell as Roscoe of Stevens was the only other competitor. In order to reduce the field to eight men for the semifinals, two heats for second men were run. The first was won by Welch with Piper second. Roscoe withdrew from the other heat and Robbins ran through the distance at his leisure.
Harvard qualified men in each of the three heats of the 440-yard run. In the first heat Blumer of Harvard had the pole and ran in the front rank all the way. Seymour of Yale led until after the turn, when he was passed first by Blumer and then by Leger of Michigan and Hurlburt of Cornell. Blumer saved himself at the finish and allowed Leger to pass him for first place. The time, 50 2-5 seconds, was the fastest of the three heats. Ross of Syracuse led from the start in the second heat, with deSelding of Harvard always within a few yards. After the turn the pair drew away from all the other runners except Conger of Princeton, who at one time threatened to displace deSelding from second. Both Merrihew and Kelly of Harvard qualified in the third heat, although the latter barely held his place by tying with Palmer of Haverford for third. Merrihew ran under difficulties all the way. He was forced to run wide at the turn on account of his position at the extreme right, and in the final stretch he was boxed and several times had to change his stride. At the very end he freed himself and sprinted ahead for second place. Hitchcock of Cornell had an easier time and held the lead for the latter part of the race after LaMontagne of Yale began to lose ground. Kelley ran even with Hitchcock until the very end.
The 220-yard hurdles were run in four heats with two men qualifying in each. Rand of Harvard and Howe of Yale met in the first heat, but were not pressed by any formidable competitors. Neither man exerted himself and Howe won in 25 1-5 seconds. The second heat produced more competition. Gardner of Harvard, Craig of Michigan, Mayhew of Brown, and Robbins of Yale were the contestants. At the next to the last hurdle Robbins fell, leaving the race to Gardner and Craig. The former won in 24 1-5 seconds. Hartranft of Pennsylvania won the third heat in 24 3-5 seconds with Talcott of Cornell several yards behind. Dwight of Princeton had an easy time winning from O'Connell of Pennsylvania in 25 4-5 seconds. The time in the semi-finals and finals of this event promises to be very fast, possibly better than 24 seconds.
Foster of Harvard and Dawbarn of Princeton were both winners of their heats in the 220-yard dash. The latter made the best time, but was more closely pressed. Foster had and easy win from Gamble of Princeton, Newll of Pennsylvania, and McArthur of Cornell, in 22 1-5 seconds. Minds of Pennsylvania and Hawley of Dartmouth were closely matched for second in Dawbarn's heat, which was won in 21 4-5 seconds. Watson of Harvard won his way to the semi-finals by taking fourth. Cary of Yale did not start and is definitely out of the meet on account of a strained tendon.
The Field Events.
The final result of the shot-put is still a matter of considerable doubt. Krueger of Swarthmore was unable to make his best put in competition and unless he does considerably better today he is likely to lose to Little of Harvard and Horner of Michigan who were second and third yesterday. Talbott of Cornell seems to have a safe lead over Coy of Yale for fourth place and it is not likely that he will be able to increase his distance enough to take third.
Talbott of Cornell made the best distance in the hammer-throw with 150 feet, 2 1-2 inches. He is practically sure of first place and will undoubtedly increase his distance today. Horr of Syracuse, with 144 feet, 10 inches, is assured of second place. In spite of Cooney's failure to qualify, Yale still has a chance for points with Andrus and Goebel. Cornell may take a point with Sullivan, who threw 135 feet, 8 1-4 inches.
In the pole-vault Barr of Harvard was the first to clear 12 feet, 1 1-8 inches. Cook of Cornell, Pickles of Pennsylvania, and Campbell of Yale followed in succession. After three failures Vezin of Princeton and Nelson of Yale tied for fifth place at the same height. In the jump-off Nelson won, thereby excluding Vezin from the finals. It took a long time to reduce the field in the high jump to five men. Pope of Harvard, Palmer of Dartmouth, and Canfield of Yale cleared 5 feet 10 inches, but Harwood and Lawrence of Harvard tied with Rossman of Cornell and Lane of Pennsylvania for the other two places. Lane was the first to be eliminated, and after repeated trials Harwood and Lawrence finally beat Rossman.