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Coach Bill Nenfeld's Yardling track team hasn't been beaten yet. But Saturday, when in the last meet of the season his charges step out of schoolboy track circles to tackle a tough cub outfit from New Haven, he'll know whether he has something or not. It won't be a pushover for the Crimson like last year, when one of Harvard's greatest Freshman track teams whitewashed the Blue 86 1/2 to 48 1/2.
Well-balanced if not brilliant, the power of the squad rests in a nucleus of seven men: Captain Rolla Campbell, Don Donahue, Charley Smith, Bob Partlow, Chick Oldfather, Bob Nichols, and Tom Lacey.
Campbell Sure Bet
Campbell who ran a sizzling 1:57.4 half-mile in the handicap meet and hasn't been extended since, is a sure bet in the 880. And, incidentally, he may well crack the meet record of 1:58.2, set by Bill Bingham in 1913. He will double in the 440, where the Crimson has been weakened by the loss of Dan Hamilton, weakened to such an extent that Exeter swept the event Saturday.
Bob Partlow, the wiry little jumper and sprinter who claims he does better when he isn't feeling well, should take the broad jump, and may crack the record of 23 feet, 6 inches; he came within four inches of that mark against Exeter. A consistent six-footer, he is a good bot in the high jump, may win points if he runs the country.
Donahue the Terror of Exeter
Don Donahue, the former Andoverian who has terrorized Exeter timber-toppers for years, ought to snip the 15.4 high hurdles mark. He has been consistently topping 11 feet in the pole vault. Oldfather and Nichols are the cream of Jaakko's distance men. They romped through the last lap together at Andover to finish the mile in 4:39. Saturday, with Oldfather out, Nichols distanced the field to win in 4:38 at Exeter. Against Yale he will run the mile just to pick up points, leaving the blue-ribbon to Oldfather if he can get it. Nichols will run the two-mile for the first time this season, may slice seconds off the slow meet record.
Charley Smith is number one sprinter on a team weak in the sprints. Tom Lacey has been working up in the Javelin, hurling the spear 175 feet against Exeter, where he did even better as a student last year.
Budlong, Fearey Weight Men
Budlong and Fearey are the mainstays of the weight squad. Bob Russell and Frank Jourdan, a converted quarter-miler, may pick up points in the 220. Roger Shaefer is not far behind Donahue in the hurdles. Westmore Willcox, 3rd, whose father holds the meet record in that event, will run the quarter. David Ives in the broad jump and pole vault, Rosenberger in the latter event if his ankle heals, Russell and Weed in the high jump. Whit Dodge in the half, and Baker in the mile all may garner vital seconds and thirds.
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