The Crimson thinclads will venture to the Boston College Recreational Complex tonight in search of their third consecutive win.
But B.C. could prove to be a more formidable opponent than past losers Army and Boston University. The Eagles have premier middle-distance man Keith Francis, who will possibly double in the thousand and the two mile relay. Francis, a 1:50 half miler, took second in the Greater Boston thousand last year. The Eagles can also count on Jim Capezuto for a place in the two mile race.
However, Francis and Capezuto might not even bother warming up tonight if the Crimson field men continue their amazing performances. In Harvard's last two one-sided affairs, the field aces allowed B.U. and Army a total of 15 points while picking up 93 of their own.
The setting against the unbeaten Eagles appears to be much the same with Jim Kleiger expected to win the pole vault, Mel Embree the high jump and the versatile Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, any remaining events.
The only questionable events are the weight throw and shot put--where the Eagles' J.D. Dray threatens to end Jay Hughes's unbeaten streak in both events.
Crimson head coach Bill McCurdy, coaching his last meet before going on sabbatical, called tonight's field contest a definite challenge for some of Harvard's normally automatic scorers.
"They've got a stronger field team than Army or B.U. and a lot of depth potential in the weight events," he said yesterday. "But we still ought to be favored."
Harvard's associate coach Edgar Stowell, taking over the head job during McCurdy's six month leave of absence, predicts tough competition from the Eagles' running squad.