The Harvard track team trampled Boston University yesterday, 85-33, in a track meet that was far more lopsided than it looks.
Boston University, equipped with three Jim Thorpe-type athletes, and a supporting cast of ball and chained runners could hardly match the Crimson's in-shape thinclads.
While on the way to sweeping five events, Harvard trackmen set new Bubble records in the high jump, Mel Embree with 6 ft. 10 in., and in the triple jump, Vincent Vanderpool Wallace with 49 ft. 3 1/2 in.
"I wanted to break the old record but I never thought I would do it during the first meet," Vanderpool-Wallace said after his record jump.
Tri-captain Jim Kliegar vaulted to 16 ft., only six inches shy of his indoor high. Blayne Heckel and Don Berg followed Kliegar's winning example gaining second and third honors in the pole vault event.
Weightman and shotputter Jay Hughes doubled for then points in his two events. The second tri-captain tossed the 35 lb. weight 56 ft. 1 1/2 in. and the shot 50 ft. 5 in. for Harvard.
The runners did not have as much of a frolic as the field men, with B.U. grabbing top place in three events. However freshman Jeff Campbell's winning performance in the mile highlighted all running efforts. Campbell's impressive 4:18 time could have been even better if he had had someone pushing him besides his own teammates Jim Kcefe and Fred Linsk.
Jeff Peter's victory in the 600 yd. run completed the first place individual finishers for the Crimson thinclads. Harvard's Steve Brown and Randv Buckley smoked in behind the first-place Peters.
Freshman Brown could be another future bright spot for the thinclads. "He's short on experience but he will become a first class runner," assistant track Coach Bob Hunt said after the meet.
In the relay division B.U. pleaded nolo contendere against Harvard's stacked mile and two mile teams.
Head Coach Bill McCurdy described the triumph as very satisfying. "But we were maneuvering so many players around, the score really doesn't show anything," he said yesterday.
The Harvard team won't have much of an opportunity to rest on their collective laurels with a tough Army squad coming to the Bubble for a Saturday matchup.
But if the Crimson can stay healthy between now and the weekend meet, Army could be in for the same spiking that Harvard dealt the Terriers.