The Harvard track team, strengthened by the return of two injured runners and coming off big routs over Princeton and Dartmouth in its first two outdoor meets, will face much stiffer competition tomorrow afternoon when it meets Army at Soldiers Field.
"This one may go down to the last event to determine the winner," coach Bill McCurdy said. "We hope to beat them in the field events to nullify their anticipated running strengths."
Sprinter Baylee Reid, who has been plagued with leg injuries but still ran well against Dartmouth, will be the key in Harvard's hopes of preventing an Army sweep in the sprints. He will compete in both the 100- and 220-yard dashes.
Top hurdler Dewey Hickman is still bothered by a leg injury and McCurdy said he is doubtful whether Hickman will be able to run Saturday. 440 specialist Nick Leone, back from an injury, will anchor the mile relay team, but McCurdy is keeping him out of the 220 and sprint relay until he returns to full strength.
The Crimson will need a top performance out of long jumper Vincent Vanderpoole-Wallace to match the powerful Army leapers.
Harvard is favored in the field events. Mel Embree should have an easy time in the high jump and the pole vault should go to Harvard if Blayne Heckel performs as well in the open air stadium as he does indoors.