The Crimson duo of Ed Meehan and Walt Hewlett jogged home among the first dozen finishers in yesterday's IC4A cross country meet, but Harvard's harriers could only manage a twelfth-place finish in the New York hill-and-dale calssic.
Meehan finished ninth with a 25:49 clocking for the five-mile course, two seconds in front of Hewlett, who placed eleventh in the field of 780.
The rest of the Crimson's seven-man contingent lagged far behind. Bill Crain was 48th, Tom Black checked in 105th, and Don Burwell finished in the 134th slot. Bill Barrett and Bill Rogerson were out of the money.
Vic Zwolak, a robot from Villanova, won individual laurels for the second consecutive year, but a well-balanced aggregation from Notre Dame pulled down team honors, with five runners finishing in the top twenty.
Zwolak covered the Van Cortlandt Park course in 24:46.8, bettering by a half-second the IC4A record he setablished last year. The ex-Marine made a shambles of the race, finishing 110 yards ahead of Steve Machooka of Cornell.
Hewlett had defeated Machooka earlier this season, but yesterday it was a different Machooka. The exchange student from Kenya flashed the form which had brought him the IC4A diadem in 1961, although it was not enough to overhaul Zwolak.
While the Crimson's performance was a bit disappointing, it had been anticipated. Most of the Crimson's sophomore-studded squad had never competed in a field of such massive proportions. Furthermore, Harvard's collapse in the November 9 Heptagonals erased some of the significance of the IC4A; Crimson regulars Jim Ogden and Dave didn't even make the trip to Gotham.
Notre Dame had 55 points in the final totals, well ahead of second-place Brown with 133. After that it was Michigan State, 154; Villanova, 159; Rutgers, 193; Georgetown, 217; Penn State, 217; Cornell, 233; Syracuse, 250; Navy, 257; Fordham, 292; and Harvard 307. A total of 51 colleges sent runners to the event.
Jim McDermott of Georgetown won the three-mile freshman race, shattering the meet record by 19.2 seconds with a 15:04.1 clocking.