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Having successfully mastered the frying pan at Yale last Saturday, the varsity track team will leap into the fire Friday afternoon. The powerful Army varsity will invade Briggs Cage at 1:30 p.m. for the first home Crimson meet in over two years.
The winner should reign supreme in the forthcoming Heptagonals, for the varsity has conquered both Dartmouth and Yale, while the Cadets beat Cornell Saturday.
Army, like Yale, is strong in the field events, only more so. In addition, it has some fine runners in Jerry Lewis in the long distances, football star Bob Kyasky in the dash, and Steve Quantannens in the two-mile.
To win, the Crimson will have to offset its field losses with running wins. Much will depend on the performances of Joel Landau and Joel Cohen in the hurdles, Landau and Sandy Dodge in the dash, and Dick Wharton, Bill Morris, Phil Williams, Pete Reider, Dave Norris, and Bill Thompson in the longer events.
Reider will double in the mile and the two-mile, while Wharton and Cairns are both tentatively listed for the 600 and the 1000. Cairns holds the University record in both.
Bill Morris will run the 600, while Phil Williams will seek his first mile win in two tries. Norris and Thompson will attempt to pick up the valuable points behind Reider in the two-mile.
In the field events, the varsity has practically conceded both the pole vault and the broad jump, for Joel Cohen, who placed second at Yale, will not attempt to broad jump, and Army has a 13-foot pole vaulter. John deKiewiet would win the high jump, while in the shot and weight, the Cadets are not that far ahead of the Crimson's Jim Doty, John Du Moulin, and Pete Harpel. If they can pick up points, the meet could swing in Harvard's favor before the relays.
If the relays are crucial, Cairns and Wharton should triple, with Morris and Dave Brahms completing the mile quartet. They would be hard-pressed to defeat the Cadets, whose best times so far have been in the vicinity of 3:23. In the two mile relay, Coach McCurdy has to choose four men from among Bob Weil, Al Gordon, Dick Norris, Phil Williams and other able-bodied distance runners, who can run the distance in less than 8:10, the Cadets' best.
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