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The Heptagonal Track and Field Meet, now in its third year, has assumed a position in Eastern intercollegiate track competition second only to the I.C.A.A.A.A., 58 years its senior. Held for the first time two years ago at Princeton, it was repeated last year at Cambridge, and this Saturday the seven colleges will again meet at Soldiers Field. Whereas in 1935 and again last year the Heptagonal was dominated by Harvard, this year the Crimson must fight it out with Penn for last place, while it sees the favored Columbia ward off ambitious Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Cornell.
The lamentably low ebb of this year's Crimson track team is evidenced by its comparatively poor showing during the winter season and also by spring practice performances of some of its members who in the last two months have gone down hill rather than up. Most, however, have shown expected improvement which ordinarily comes with the warmer days. Notable satisfaction is found with John Herrick '38 who has a chance in the discus this Saturday. A profusion of stars is conspicuously absent, however, and track fans at Harvard must be content in letting this be a crew year.
Eleven Champions Competing
The fact that eleven college champions who among themselves have collected seventeen I.C.A.A.A.A. titles in varsity competition will compete in the Stadium Saturday makes this meet the most spectacular held in New England this seasion. Winners of seven of the thirteen individual events in the past two Heptagonal meets will be here to defend their titles.
Ben Johnson is favored to take the 100. His 9.8 in the Metropolitan Intercollegiates last Friday is just two-tenths of a second better than King of Dartmouth, and Millett of Yale have done thus far this season. Not so easy will he find the 220 and the broad-jump, however, for Millett has done 21.4 against Columbia's 21.6, and Ethridge of Yale creates a threat by his 21 ft., 4 in. jump of last weekend.
Donovan and Watson versus Schmidt
John Donovan of Dartmouth is slated to take the high hurdles, having established himself intercollegiate high and low hurdle champion last May. His teammate Watson will hover nearby, having beaten champion Donovan once this winter. Harvard has a threat in this event in the nature of Captain Bill Schmidt, who ran second and third to the Green boys all winter. In the lows Donovan runs up against the returning 1935 champion, James H. Hucker of Cornell, who may upset Donovan's supremacy.
Crimsonite Bob Haydock ranks along the top in the high-jump. Having jumped 6'2" during the winter, he will have to have an off day to let Dillingham of Columbia, and James Cuffe of Dartmouth outjump him. Whether plodding Al Northrop of Harvard can come down to Princeton mentor Bradley's 4.20.3 in the mile is a question, answerable as the others, only between the hours of two and five this coming Saturday.
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