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Track coach Bill McCurdy, the master of the psychological needle, will ply his trade on his favorite adversary, Yale's coach Bob Giegengack before the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton triangular meet at Yale's Coxe Cage, this afternoon.
He plans to have his walking wounded "warm-up," to impress the Eli mastermind that all is not well with the feared Crimson juggernaut. In reality, all is not well, for the team has been whittled down by injury. French Anderson and Mike Robertson, counted on for two places in the 600 are injured, as is Dave Gately, the leading broad jumper. Both pole vaulters, Barrett Churchill and Barnes Keller are ailing, but both will complete. Dick will not run in the two-mile relay, and hurdler Joel Cohen is still hampered by his bad foot.
McCurdy hopes that Giegengack also has troubles, for if Yale is at full strength, the defending Heptagonal champions and Big Three victor will be hard-pressed to continue its mastery of the Blue. Princeton, with little talent, should do no more than cause trouble for both teams.
As the meet shapes up, the Elis should completely dominate the field events, with a Crimson drought predicted. In the running, on the other hand, the Crimson figures to outclass Yale completely. Whether or not the running points can offset the field events deficit is the key to the meet. If the meet should have to go down to the final relays, the Crimson should win the mile, but will have a tough time taking the two-mile. McCurdy is hoping the meet will not be that tight.
Pete Harpel and John DuMouling figure to pick up valuable points in the weight, although Dick Knorr of Princeton throws the thing out of sight. John deKiewiet and Jack Murphy should score in the high jump.
With the loss of Gately, the burden in the broad jump falls on Henry Wente, the classical darkhorse. Dave Rosenthal and Jerry Fields will be shooting for the all-important place points.
The shot looks completely Blue, as Yale has three excellent men. Jim Doty must surpass his best, which he might do, to break them up. Yale figures for one-two in the vault, but if Keller and Churchill could get three-four, this Yale advantage could be partially nullified.
On the brighter side, the rapidly improving duo of Joel Landau and Sandy Dodge makes the Crimson solid favorites for big points in the dash, while Cohen figures to take the hurdles, with the hard-working Landau also picking up points.
The 600 shapes up as one of the best races of the day, with Captain Dick Wharton bent on avenging an earlier drubbing by Yale's Bob Skerritt. Jim Cairns could beat them both, as he moves down from the 1000.
He and Bill Morris, along with Yale's Jeff Loucks and Tiger Gene Shahan make the 1000 a toss-up, but a Crimson one-two is a possibility.
In the mile, McCurdy will unveil Phil Williams, who appears in the best condition of his indoor career. With Princeton's Bob Zwirner probably sidelined and Pete Reider doubling the varsity could rack in what had appeared a "bust" event. If Zwirner does not compete, the two-mile will be gravy, with Reided a shoo-in, and Dave Norris and Bill Thompson fighting Eli Jack Bogen for the points.
If the relays are vital, Cairns will triple, Wharton and Morris double, and the rest will be chosen from Al Gordon, Dave Brahms, Norris, Dave Spinney, Bob Weil, Dave McLean, or any other able-bodied volunteers.
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