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In finishing eleventh among the 23 colleges which competed in the third annual indoor meet of the I. C. A. A. A. A. in New York on Saturday evening, the University track team reversed in action nearly every prophecy which had been made about the team before the meet.
When the Crimson squad left for New York on Friday afternoon, it was felt that Harvard's scoring chances were particularly strong in the various individual events, such as the two-mile run, the hurdies, shot put, hammer throw, and others. At the same time, it seemed that the University's hopes in the team races were correspondingly slim.
But in the competition on Saturday night, only one man in all the individual events succeeded in scoring,--Gerould, who tied with eight others for second place in the high jump; while in the two relays in which the University was represented,--the one-mile relay and the Freshman medley relay,--both teams fought their way against almost over whelming odds to second places.
Relay Team Nears Record
The performance of the University relay team was particularly creditable. Some time ago, Coach Farrell considered not entering a team for the one-mile relay: his runners were, on the whole, inexperienced in intercollegiate competition, and the opposing teams of Yale, Georgetown, and Boston College were considered the strongest in history. But in the one-mile relay race on Saturday, the four Crimson runners, Brooks, Robb, Kane and Allen, startled the track coaches by keeping well at the head of the field throughout the race, and finally, thanks to Allen's phenomenal running as anchor man for the University, by finishing scarcely a hair's breadth behind Chapman of Yale, with a time which was less than a fifth of a second slower than the world's record,--3 minutes 22 4-5 seconds. Yale won the race, as had been expected, with its veteran team of Norton, Geilfuss, Gage, and Chapman; but in pushing them so hard, the University quartet exceeded the hopes of its most ardent supporters.
The Freshman team showed a similar brand of fight in their medley race. Magoun and Lundell, running the 880
and 440 yards distance for the Freshmen held their own effectively against the opposing runners. Then, in the 220 yard lap, the Crimson chances seemed completely shattered, when Miller pulled a tendon early in his sprint and was forced to hobble around the track for 180 yards, while the runners for Boston College and Yale forger far ahead. Starting with this tremendous handicap, Baggorty, the Freshman anchor man, began to cut down this lead from the time he took up the baton for the mile run. It seemed a hopeless task. But at the start of the last lap he uncorked a terrific sprint which enabled him to nose the Yale Freshman miler out of second place at the very finish, although the Boston College runner had streaked ahead to first place.
In the individual events, there are several reasons for the failure of the University entrants to show as much as had been expected. A fall at the start of the two-mile run spoiled Cutcheon's chances of placing. Fletcher, though leading his heat in the hurdles, was disqualified as a hurdle which he had barely touched tottered over. In the shot put, a recurrence of Eastman's old football injury kept him from making the distances which had been expected of him. And Berglund, still an inexperienced weight thrower, fouled in a throw of 48 feet which would have brought him second place. Gerould, however, with his jump of five feet ten in the high jump, which netted 1 1-9 points, was the only man besides those on the relay team to score, bringing the University's total for the meet to 5 1-9 points
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