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A surprising Northeastern track team threw a slight scare into the Crimson Saturday, but near sweeps of the hurdles, dash, 300, and 600 yard runs eventually accounted for a 66 to 42 home team victory.
The Crimson plled up 33 out of a possible 36 points in these four events. Charlie Durakis accounted for ten of the points by winning the hurdles, placing second in the dash, and trying for second in the 200. Bob Twitchell won the dash and took second in the hurdles, while Pete Dow and Ed Grutsner scored five points apiece, winning the 240 and 600 yard races respectively. In the latter race Coach Jaakko Mikkola kept Ronnie Berman on the bouch.
Outside of these four events, Northeastern more than held its own. Dick Ollen won a very close 1000 over the Crimson's Dave Cairns, and the Huskies' Ed Shea took the two mile event. Dave Gregory, who usually runs the two mile, won the mile with a 4:31.8 clocking.
The Crimson's performance in the field events was relatively unimpressive, with several exceptions. Dick Barwise capped high jump honors, winning of 6 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Bob Mello and Bob Ray won the pole vault and shot put an expected.
Field Events Bleak
The remainder of the field event picture was bleak. New England Champion Sal Mazzacco and Bob Seller won the broad jump and weight throw respectively for the Huskies. Only Dwight Black, who placed second, looked good for the Crimson in the 35 pound weight throw, indicating that the Crimson may be weak in this event for the first time in several years. In the pole vault, Mello was the only Harvard vaulter clearing 10 feet, 6 inches and, at present, there appears little chance of getting additional depth. Even in the high jump, supposedly one of the Crimson's strongest events, Northeastern was able to gain second and third places.
Coach Jaakko Mikkola was not happy over the meet. He was, however, inclined to dismiss most of the trouble as more first meet jitters. Nevertheless, it wasn't easy to dismiss lightly several glaring weaknesses that made even the most avid Crimson track fan hold a rein on his enthusiasm.
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