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Crimson Track Team Paces to Victory Records Broken In All But One Event

By Richard T. Howe

Meet records fell in all but one event as Harvard romped to victory for the sixth straight year in the Greater Boston Collegiate Track Meet on Saturday. Individual triumphs in eight events and considerable depth provided a comfortable margin as the home team outdistanced second-place Northeastern 84 1/2-39. Boston College, Tufts, MIT, Boston University, and Brandeis trailed in team scoring.

Royce Shaw led all scorers with record-setting wins in the mile and the 1000. The lanky junior treated his rivals to a snail's-pace first-quarter in the mile before whirling away from the field at a 3:05 tempo to snap the tape in 4:15, a second in front of Northeastern's Mike Scanlon. With an hour and a half's rest Shaw came back to clip nearly three seconds from the 100 mark. Starting last in the field of six, he took the lead on the second lap and rambled home in 2:11.7 with a twelve-yard margin on Scanlon and his teammate Larry Joseph.


Shaw and Scanlon shared "Iron-Man" honors with Harvard sophomore Walter Johnson and Tom Spengler, who also placed in two events. Johnson spent more than an hour shuttling between the high jump, the broad jump, and the high hurdles, earning runer-up laurels in the latter two events for his efforts. Spengler was a close third in the mile with 4:17.7 and held a stiff early pace in the two-mile before fading to 9:24.6, good for fourth place.

The two-mile provided the meet's greatest excitement as "Dauntless" Doug Hardin staged a stirring comeback for a record-breaking victory. Returning to competition after a three-month layoff, Hardin tripped and fell on the second corner, losing thirty yards to the leaders and falling back to last place. He gradually threaded his way through the field and moved into second place position behind M.I.T.'s Ben Wilson with seven laps to go. Then, with the crowd on its feet, Hardin blasted away from the bespectacled Engineer with a lap and a half remaining, covering the final 440 in 61 seconds and crossing the line with a thirty-yard lead in a time of 8:56.0. Wilson, who had led for twenty of the twenty-two laps, vowed to "devote my life to beating that bearded, sawed-off squirt."

Pete Lazarus soared 14'6" for the first place medal in the pole vault. In the hurdles, junior Bill McBride led a one-two sweep for the Crimson, setting a new GBC record of 7.8 seconds. Junior Jim Coleman made a game attempt at the high jump record of 6' 9" set by Chris Pardee '67, but had to settle for victory at 6' 6".

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