According to statistics complied by the Boston Transcript, Cornell holds the athletic supremacy for the academic year 1910-1911. This is the first time since Cornell has entered intercollegiate athletics that she has acquired this position. By winning the championship in five separate sports the Ithacans have beaten the total of 4 1-2 made by Yale, and exceeded anything ever done in this country. Counting each sport as one pint the scores of the first eight institutions follow: Cornell 5, Yale 4 1-2, Harvard 2, Princeton 2, Columbia 1, Pennsylvania 1, Haverford 1, and the Navy 1.
Cornell's Excellent Record.
When one considers the relative importance of the four major sports and the minor ones, no fair-minded critic will question the right of Cornell's athletes to rank first this year. Yale and Pennsylvania are the only other universities that ever won such high honors in a single year, and when it is considered that Cornell, had some claim to the baseball championship as well, which is here awarded to Princeton, it may be stated that Cornell's 1911 record is just a little bit superior to anything ever done by either Pennsylvania or Yale.
Cornell won the intercollegiate track and field championship in the most sensational meet ever held in the history of this association. The Ithacans totaled 30 1-2 points, and were responsible for two of the five intercollegiate records broken, one a world record. If the Ithacans had won no other championship but this they would still have fame enough left for one year, but in addition to winning the honors on track and field the Ithacans made a clean sweep of the rowing championship. Not only did Coach Courtney's men defeat Harvard, Yale and Princeton in two different regattas, but at Pough-keepsie they won the most thrilling race in years by defeating Columbia in the last one hundred yards. Only once during the year did a Cornell crew suffer defeat. This was in the freshman race, in which they lost to the Columbia youngsters.
Cornell's third victory was in the cross-country run. It was the Ithacans' eleventh victory since the Intercollegiate Association took up cross-country runging. Only once has Cornell lost this event. This was in 1902 when Yale beat the Ithacans. It seems even easier for Cornell to win cross-country championships than the rowing honors.
After many years of waiting Cornell has secured membership in the Intercollegiate Hockey Association. The collegians from northern New York showed that they had made good use of the ice facilities which they have on Lake Cayuga by bringing down a team which won practically every game on schedule and took the intercollegiate hockey championship with ease. Skating has always been one of the chief pastimes at Cornell, and inasmuch as they have a great many Canadian students there with whom hockey is the favorite sport, it looks as though the Ithacans would carry off the honors in this particular field for a good many years to come. Indeed, it would not be surprising if Cornell proved as hard to dislodge from the hockey championship as from the rowing and cross-country titles.
Yale Strong in Minor Sports.
Not one of Yale's athletic championships belong to the first division of the major league sports. The Elis made their score of 4 1-2 points by winning the championship in golf, shooting, gymnastics and tieingfor the tennis honors and winning the swimming and water- polo titles, two sports which are classed as one. In all of these sports they have had considerable competition, but the relative importance of the minor to the major sports is such that Yale would probably have given all of them for one championship in the major.
Harvard Football Champions.
It has been a good many years since Yale failed to win the intercollegiate championship in football. This year the football honors go to Harvard in spite of the fact that Yale played Harvard a scoreless tie in the final match of the year. With the exception of Yale, Harvard did not meet a single team she could not defeat. Prior to this game of the year Yale had been defeated a number of times and produced an eleven which was distinctly below Yale standard. Until the slump of the Harvard team in the final game of the year the Crimson promised to have the strongest eleven which Harvard had turned out in a number of years.
Harvard's second intercollegiate championship was that of lacrosse. This makes the second year in succession that the Crimson has won this honor. Unfortunately lacrosse is a game which is not played throughout the intercollegiate world, with the exception of Harvard, Cornell, Johns Hopkins and Swarthmore, there are no big institutions which play it. Eight or ten years ago the Intercollegiate League was in a flourishing condition, but the popularity of many other sports has caused it to be sidetracked.
Good Results at Princeton.
Under the new athletic regime at Princeton, which has for a director William W. Roper, the Tigers made a successful bid for more athletic honors than they are wont to secure. They won the championship in wrestling, beyond dispute. After carefully considering all the claimants to the baseball championship it would seem that Princeton is more deserving of this mythical honor than any other institution, with Cornell, Amherst and Williams following in order named. Princeton is awarded the title not because the Tigers won more games or lost less than any of their rivals, but because they did better in the games which were considered distinctly championship affairs. For instance, Princeton defeated Harvard in the only game the two teams played and then won the series from Yale, although it required three games to do it. In the Tigers' other important game of the year they divided honors with Pennsylvania and played an extra inning game with Cornell. It is true that Princeton lost to both Williams and Amherst, but the difference in strength of the schedule of the three institutions practically eliminates the two New England colleges. Cornell, however, does have a serious argument with Princeton for the reason that the Tigers failed to defeat the Ithacans and the latter beat Pennsylvania, whose team broke even with Princeton, by winning three out of four games. Cornell, however, lost the series to Dartmouth, won and lost with Yale, but did not play Harvard, whose team also defeated Pennsylvania. The awarding of the baseball championship to Princeton is much a matter of opinion, but on the record of the season the Tigers seem to have the better of the argument. By winning the doubles championship in tennis from Yale the Tigers got an extra half point.
At Columbia and Pennsylvania.
Columbia did about as was expected in basketball by winning the intercollegiate championship. Only twice since the organization of this association have the Columbians lost the title. Both times the victor was Pennsylvania. Columbia's failure to make good in any of the minor sports was somewhat of a surprise for the reason that the New Yorkers pay very little attention to the major sports, and since they dropped football they have been concentrating on the minors.
Of the other sports the cricket championship went to the University of Pennsylvania. Last year the Quakers by winning the track and baseball championship and figuring prominently in other sports, divided the athletic honors of the year with Yale, but this year their team failed to make good in the usual manner, and as a result they are in the same scoring class as the minor institutions. This is a predicament in which every big university finds itself at some time or another. Haverford, as usual, won the association football title and Cornell the fencing championship