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Two stirring finishes by Captain Burke featured victories of the long and short relay quartets over Dartmouth and M. I. T. respectively, in the Knights of Columbus track meet Saturday evening. Coach Martin's men placed four times in other events and in the preliminary heats of the dashes and hurdles, qualified five men, all of whom failed in the semi-final heats.
The University's first relay victory avenged the defeat which the M. I. T. runners had administered two weeks before. In the lead-off J. S. Murphy Jr. '25 and Tench took turns at capturing and losing the pole for two and a half laps, but Murphy's strong finish in the last 50 yards sent Vinton Chapin '23 off with a five-yard lead over Holden of Technology. This advantage the Crimson runner was unable to retain, for he was soon passed and was three yards in the rear when he handed over the baton to J. E. Merrill '24, who ran third in both races. Merrill did not gain on Joyce, so that Burke, at anchor, was several yards behind Bateman, when he started off on the final relay. The University captain pressed his opponent for two laps, passed him, and reached the tape in 3 minutes and 14 seconds. At the end Burke was evidently saving himself for the Dartmouth struggle.
The victory over the Green was even more notable as far as Burke was concerned. J. H. Sherburne '24 trailed Hill for the full six laps, but W. L. Chapin '25 passed Jerman in the second relay and piled up a 15-yard lead. J. E. Merrill '24 was evidently tired from his running earlier in the evening, for he lost all that Chapin had gained and started Burke ten yards behind the Green anchor man, Letteney. The Crimson leader devoted the first three laps to bringing himself up on even terms with Letteney, then passed him on a straightaway, and had gained a lead of almost 20 yards at the finish line.
C. A. C. Eastman '24, with a handicap of six and a half feet, easily took first place in the shot-put with an actual distance of 40 feet 11 1-2 inches. H. T. Dunker, with a large handicap, placed third. The other two University honors were secured by a third place in the 600-yard run by R. G. Allen '26, and a second in the 1000 by F. P. Kane '26.
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