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Cornell won the Intercollegiate track and field championship in the Stadium Saturday afternoon. Cornell secured 30 1-2 points, and Yale and Michigan by taking respectively 24 1-2 and 24 points forced Pennsylvania, the favorite for first honors, into fourth place with 19 2-3 points. The University team finished in seventh position with 6 points. Dartmouth was fifth with 9 points, closely followed by Princeton with 8. The other points were divided as follows: Amherst and Columbia, 5 each; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 3 1-3; Williams, 3 Rutgers, 2; Pennsylvania State and Brown, 1 each.
5 Records Broken, 3 Equalled.
Saturday's games will go down in the annals of the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America as the greatest series of wonderful performances ever made in one meeting. Five intercollegiate records were bettered and three more were equalled. Of the new records made, that of J. P. Jones of Cornell in the mile, 4 minutes, 15 2-5 seconds, was the most remarkable as it establishes a new world's amateur record for the distance, as well as an American intercollegiate and collegiate record. The best previous amateur performance was 4 minutes, 15 3-5 seconds, made by T. Conneff, at Travers Island on August 28, 1895. Later in the day Jones won the half-mile in 1 minute, 54 2-5 seconds, breaking the intercollegiate record of 1 minute, 56 seconds, made by E. B. Parsons of Yale in 1905. The running of T. S. Berna of Cornell in the two-mile was almost as wonderful, as he broke both the intercollegiate and collegiate records and established an American record of 9 minutes, 25 1-5 seconds. The former intercollegiate record for this event, 9 minutes, 27 3-5 seconds, was made by P. J. Taylor of Cornell in the Stadium two years ago. The other two new records were made in the field events. J. Horner, Jr., of Michigan, put the shot 45 feet, 7 1-8 inches, 1 5-8 inches beyond the mark made by W. F. Krueger of Swarthmore four years ago in the Stadium. H. S. Babcock of Columbia cleared the bar at 12 feet, 8 3-8 inches, in the polevault, which breaks the intercollegiate and collegiate records. The I. C. A. A. A. A. record, which was broken, was established by F. F. Nelson of Yale at Philadelphia last year. Nelson's height was 12 feet, 4 3-8 inches.
The three records equalled were in the dashes, the 100, 220, and 440. R. C. Craig of Michigan won both his trial and final heats of the shorter dash in 9 4-5 seconds. The officials were doubtful whether the first mark should stand as equalling the record, for a slight wind was blowing behind the runners. The time of the final heat was unquestionable. In the furlong final Craig equalled the second of B. J. Wefer's sprinting records, breaking the tape in 21 1-5 seconds. The intercollegiate quarter-mile record of 48 4-5 seconds, made by J. B. Taylor of Pennsylvania in Cambridge four years ago, was equalled by D. B. Young of Amherst.
Aside from the record breakers the stars of the meet were Chisholm of Yale, who won the hurdle events in fast time, and Stibolt of Cornell who finished second to Chisholm in both instances.
Performances of University Team.
While the showing of the University team was not as good as was hoped for, each man ran to the best of his ability and was only beaten by more phenomenal competitors. The points scored for Harvard were secured by H. Jaques, Jr., '11, taking third place in the half-mile, J. B. Cummings '13 third in the low hurdles, H. P. Lawless '13 fourth in the mile and P. R. Withington '12, fourth in the two-mile.
How Cornell Won.
The Pennsylvania team failed to come up to expectations in practically every event. After qualifying 14 men in the trials Friday and being considered strong in the distances, it was a great surprise to see the Red and Blue team perform so poorly. Yale did as well as was expected and Michigan by placing in the quarter mile obtained a few more points than she was conceded. Cornell on the other hand far exceeded expectations and placed men in eight of the thirteen events, taking three firsts, four seconds, a third, and tieing for another third. Yale in six events won three points, two seconds, a third, and tied for a third. Michigan scored in six events, securing three spots, two seconds, one third, and a fourth. Pennsylvania placed men in seven events as follows: two men in a triple tie for first, two seconds, two thirds, three fourths. Technology was the team to figure in the triple tie for a first with Pennsylvania. The remaining three first places went to Amherst, Columbia, and Dartmouth.
Track Event Results.
Craig of Michigan secured a poor start in the first semi-final heat of the 100-yard dash, but in a burst of speed, 25 yards from the finish, passed the rest of the field and won by a slight margin. Cooke of Princeton was second in the heat and Thatcher of Yale, third, both qualifying for the final. The second semi-final went to Minds of Pennsylvania with Thomas of Princeton and Reilly of Yale tied for second. Ross of Michigan was barely shut out from qualifying. In the final heat Craig secured another poor start, being the last man off the mark. After he had run 80 yards he pulled up even with the leaders and passed them, breaking the tape in 9 4-5 seconds. This makes him the first man to equal in an intercollegiate meet the record set by B. J. Wefers in 1896. Minds of Pennsylvania and Cooke of Princeton finished shoulder to shoulder, but the officials decided that Minds won second place and Cooke third. Thomas of Princeton was a good fourth.
Craig won the first semi-final heat of the 220 with ease. Ford of Cornell, after being shut out on Friday in the shorter dash, came back strong and took second over Thatcher of Yale. Captain Minds of Pennsylvania won the second semifinal heat in 21 4-5 seconds. Cooke of Princeton and Ross of Michigan were the other qualifiers, shutting out Bleistein, Yale's fastest man. A new record was hoped for in the final, but Craig started poorly. He did the distance, however, in 21 1-5 seconds, equalling the record, as he did last year at Philadelphia. Ford defeated Cooke and Ross for second place by inches.
Great things were expected in the quarter-mile and they happened, but not from the men they were expected from. Young of Amherst started second from the pole and secured the lead at an early stage in the race. H. W. Kelley '11 had to exert himself to keep from being boxed and swung into second position after running 150 yards. He then attempted to wrest the pole from Young, fighting for it while rounding the curve. In the meantime Sawyer of Princeton was taking his pace from Kelley and at the beginning of the straightaway passed him and started after Young. The latter rose to the occasion and exerted all his strength, running the last 100 yards in a phenomenal manner. Gamble and Haff of Michigan overtook Kelley 30 yards from the finish but were unable to catch Sawyer. Captain MacArthur of Cornell and Hough of Pennsylvania followed the Michigan men in at the finish.
Putnam of Cornell jumped into the lead with the gun in the half-mile and it seemed as though he would maintain his position. Jones of Cornell and Paull of Pennsylvania started, but as they had run the mile before, it was not thought that they would place. Bodley of Pennsylvania attempted to pass Putnam at the beginning of the second quarter, but could not oust the Cornell man from the pole. Meanwhile H. Jaques, Jr., '11 had been running easily in third place followed by Jones. At the last turn the real test came, and Jones proved equal to it. He swung wide and began to sprint, securing the lead at the beginning of the straightaway. Showing the same beautiful form that he did earlier in the day in the mile, he crossed the finish-line breaking his second intercollegiate record in one day. Putnam followed his teammate, placing five yards behind. Jaques fought for the third place and secured it from Bodley, coming in only a yard behind Putnam.
The one-mile run was the event which was awaited with keener anticipation than any other. Everyone knew that the race lay between Jones and Paull with Hanavan of Michigan a strong competitor. Howell of Princeton set the pace for the first quarter, which was run in 59 2-5 seconds. Paull then came up into the lead, upon which Jones began to forge his way to the front from the midst of the main body of runners. Hanavan was taking his pace from Paull and running easily. The time for the half-mile was 2 minutes, 8 1-5 seconds. At the three-quarter mark Paull was still leading, with Hanavan and Jones at his heels. The latter then began what can be called "that famous Cornell sprint" and went to the fore in short order. Hanavan passed Paull and tried to hold to Jones, but was unable to do so, finishing 20 yards behind. Paull still had a sprint left and almost succeeded in beating out the Michigan man at the finish. H. P. Lawless '13 ran a well timed race throughout, and in the last quarter went into fourth position, which he held, coming in 15 yards behind Paull. F. D. Everett '11 was seventh. The time for the last half-mile was 2 minutes, 7 1-5 seconds, or 1 second faster than the first. Jones's time for the last quarter was 60 1-5 seconds.
The two-mile was a splendid exhibition on the part of T. S. Berna of Cornell. He secured the lead at the end of the first quarter-mile and was never headed thereafter. His time for the last 440-yards was 60 3-5 seconds. Newton of
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