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What threatened to be another rainy track day, turned into one of ideal conditions for the Harvard-Yale track meet at New Haven Saturday. Two courageous teams, both of whom had since earlier in the year pulled themselves out of mediocrity and into the limelight, fought to the very end united in effort and spirit in the tradition of half a century of track contests.
The Elis escaped an upset by the narrowest of margins, an upset that would have definitely established its like as the usual of the season and not the unusual. The final score of Yale 68 1-2, Harvard 66 1-2 was not in Yale's favor until the final event, the broad jump, in which the Blues gained first and second places to forge pass the Crimson in the scoring for the first and deciding time.
The Harvard Freshmen were more fortunate than the Varsity, smothering the hopeful but deluded Blues 86 1-2 to 48 1-2. With few of this year's Varsity men graduating and the outstanding Freshman performers moving up, next year's team promises to be a brilliant one.
While the Eli Varsity men piled up points on the track, Crimson weightmen were bringing in upsets to be chalked up on the scoring board. Captain Bill Schmidt sprained an ankle in the high hurdles, to be kept out of the lows later in the afternoon. Bill had the satisfaction of seeing John Case and John Sparrow go on without him in the highs to finish first and third.
Alex Northrop was thwarted in the attempt to register a double win in the mile and half mile. After being beaten out by Holdernoss in the mile he came back to take the half in the splendid time of 1:55.4. In the sprints John Callaway of Harvard gained two second places, with Gardner Millet of Yale beating him out both times.
John Herrick of the Crimson scored in three field events. First in the discus with 148 ft., he figured in a four way tie in the pole vault, and was third in the shot. Win Pettingell was the other Crimsonite who tied at 12 ft. 4 in. in the vault. Bert Litman was a double winner in the shot put and the javelin. His javelin throw of 192 feet was the best of his career.
Bob Haydock, who last week set a new Harvard high jump record of 6 ft. 3 1-2 in. tied with Badman of Yale Saturday at 6 ft. 1-4 in.
As results of performances in this meet of both the Varsity and Freshmen decide the makeup of the combined Harvard. Yale team to meet Cambridge and Oxford in July, Freshmen were making special efforts to excel. Jim Lightbody qualified with a 49.1 quarter, George Downing also made the grade when he heaved the shot 45 ft. 6 1-4 in., nearly a foot better than the Varsity. Especially notable also was a new Freshman high jump record of 6 ft. 1 5-8 in. set by Harvard's Guill Aertsen.
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