The Harvard thinclads sloshed their way to a 105-48 victory over Yale in a heavy downpour yesterday to wrap up an undefeated dual meet season and clinch most of the berths on an international track team.
The thinclads won 15 out of 18 events in New Haven, thus assuring that most of the places on the Harvard-Yale track team, which will face a combined team from Oxford and Cambridge Universities next month at Soldiers Field, will be occupied by Harvard men.
Yesterday's contest was marred by numerous mishaps caused by the constant rain. The 120-yd. hurdles were run with Yale's Steve McDonald apparently winning, but officials discovered that the hurdles had been set up wrong and that the race had to be repeated. On the second running. Harvard's Sam Butler came in first.
Butler was a three-time winner yesterday, capturing the 440 hurdles and mile relay in addition to the 120 hurdles.
Times were generally slow because of poor footing. Crimson sprinter Baylee Reid turned in one of the few outstanding performances of the afternoon, running a career-best time of 9.8 seconds in the 100-yd. dash.
Other standouts for Harvard were Jay Hughes, who won the hammer throw and the shotput, and Richard Durrett, who led a Harvard sweep of the two-mile run.
Yale's three victories, in the mile, 440 relay, and half-mile, were aided in part by the inability of some key Harvard performers to compete, including milers John Quirk and Ric Rojas.
Yesterday's win marked the tenth straight year that Harvard has defeated the Bulldogs.
John Powers, assistant director of Harvard Sports Information, said yesterday that Harvard's contingent on the Harvard-Yale team will be considerable. The final roster for the team will be announced today.
"There's no way of knowing, but it appears we'll get a huge amount of the berths," Powers said. "[Coach Bill] McCurdy and the Yale coach are fighting over it now."