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Victories in the final three events boosted Harvard into a fourth place finish in the Heptagonal Track Meet at West Point Saturday, one point shy of Cornell and one ahead of Yale. Army's 75 points copped the first, followed by Navy's 57, Cornell's 45, and Harvard's 44.
Steve Schoonover survived an erratic performance in the pole vault to capture the only individual championship for Harvard. His winning jump at 15 feet came after numerous misses at lower heights.
The big surprise for the Crimson was a pair of victories in the relays. In the 440 relay, anchorman Wayne Andersen took the baton at full speed and bombed little Van Evans of Army to take the laurels.
Running the third leg of the mile relay, Dave McKelvey slaughtered Dave Gialson of Princeton on the backstretch to give Harvard a lead it never lost. In the "slow" heat, Harvard pulled out the win by clocking a 3:14.1 -- .2 seconds better than Cornell's time in the second heat. The quartet of Frank Snowden (49.7), Shooter Haggerty (48.8), Dave McKelvey (47.5), and Jeff Huvelle (48.1) tied the Harvard record set last year in the Heps.
Jim Baker and Doug Hardin set a hard pace in the two mile but were overtaken in the last two laps by John Lawlor of Navy and Jim Warner of Army. Baker and Hardin recorded superb times of 8:56 and 9:02. Lawlor's 8:53 broke the Heptagonal record, one hour after he won the mile in 4:05.
Army dominated the weights, but Harvard's big four all scored. Ron Wilson chucked the hammer a mighty 185 feet but had to settle for third. Charley Ajootian picked up fifth place with his best toss, 176 feet.
Bruce Hedendal was aced out in the discus by Army's Dan Seebart. Hedendal's throw of 162 fell two inches short of 1st place. Seebart also took the shot put, with Harvard's Huey Benka third and Hedendal fifth.
Haggerty lost a heartbreaker in the 440 hurdles. After smashing a hurdle on the backstretch, he regained the lead but lost it in the final two yards to Cornell's John Elliot. Both were timed in 52.6.
Andersen's third in the 100 and McKelvey's fourth in the 440 rounded out the Crimson scoring. Sophomore Henry Bernson's 207 ft. throw in the javelin and Tom Callahan's 1:52.2 half-mile did not place.
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