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Soaking Up the Bennies

By Bennett H. Beach

Philadelphia has a lot to be proud of. It produced such notables as Ben Franklin. Bobby Rydell, Frankie Ayalon, and Dick Clark. In addition to being the site of Drexel Institute of Technology, it is the home of the University of Pennsylvania. The Eljer urinal in the CRIMSON bathroom was made in Philadelphia. These accomplishments are certainly enough reason for any city to be a proud one. And Philadelphia, in particular Penn, thought it would add to this fine record this fall with the best Ivy League teams in football, soccer, and cross country.

The story of the crumbling of the Penn football team has been as pitiful as the success of last year's team was inspiring. Injuries have sidelined a lot of important people, and of course, unimportant people, too. But they were already sidelined anyway. Admitiably, however, the cross country and soccer teams have had great seasons. A good many people probably even thought that these two teams would be undefeated while winning the Ivy titles. Short hair would triumph over long. But just as Richie Valen's dreams of Donna were shattered, so were Penn's. The varsity and freshman harriers and the varsity soccer team are all unbeaten, except for losses to Harvard.

Of course, Harvard's cross country team cannot claim complete superiority over Penn because coming up are the Heptagonals, the ICAA's, and the NCAA's. Both teams will be in all three, and Harvard really can't be better than the Quakers unless it wins the Heps. "Our season begins now." Crimson captain Keith Colburn said last week. Last spring. Penn beat the Harvard heavyweight crew in a three-way race, but in the Eastern Sprints, the Crimson oarsmen reestablished themselves as the best at least when compared to the Quakers. There is a possibility that roles could be reversed this fall.

Yet the Harvard harriers retain their cockiness and nonchalance. At a team party this past weekend, the Big Three Trophy, which they had retained again Friday in New Haven was being used to serve Tootsie Roll Pops. Some guy down at Yale asked Dave Pottetti after the race if he thought Harvard would do well in the Heps. Pottetti said he'd hate to sound arrogant, but then said that he considered "well" to be an understatement. That may be an accurate assessment, especially if Bob Seals and Roy Shaw, both of whom set a blistering pace early in Friday's race and Tom Spengler are healthy by Friday.

But the real thrills of the trip to New Haven came at noon. The harriers finished their training meal and walked out onto the putting area at New Haven Motor Inn with golf clubs. Erik Roth, John Heyburn, Pottetti, and Seals engaged in a putting contest while Colburn, saving his energy, scored. The boys were really excited and put a whole hour into it. After the race, while Colburn's mother-airplane pilot walked around in her track flats, freshman coach Pappy Hunt was being thrown in the lake. Another day in the life of a Harvard cross country runner.

Meanwhile, Julio Piazza and the Quakers watch and wait, and get haircuts.

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