Harvard Thinclads Fall to Midshipmen

Fleet Runners Deck Ivy Opponents in Heps

Navy's big guns unloaded on its unarmed Ivy foes Saturday, scoring 79 points and winning their second straight Heptagonal meet at Cornell's Barton Hall.

Trailing the Middie charges were Cornell, the new Ivy League indoor champ with 38, Penn with 34, and Harvard with 31 points.

The Middies didn't leave much for their opponents, stealing 10 out of 14 first places and a multitutude of second and third spots. "It was just an awesome display of power," Harvard coach Edgar Stowell said after the meet.

While the fleet was involved with taking the Heps, the Crimson was in a heated battle with the crowd-supported Cornell squad and the Ivy-favored Quakers.

Although the Crimson failed to pick up any first places, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Mel Embree, Ric Rojas, and Nick Leone all took runner-up positions.


"Vanderpool-Wallace had probably the most outstanding one-man performance of the meet," Stowell said. Besides setting his own personal high mark in the triple jump, he placed third in the long jump and fifth in the high jump. His finest performance was obscured by a 51-ft. 1.5-in. meet-record lead by Cornell's Jim Leonard.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day's festivities was Kevin McCafferty's fourth place in the shot put. McCafferty's toss, a 52-ft. 5-in. bomb was the Crimson sophomore's best.

Other scorers for Harvard included Leon Sharpe (fourth in the long jump). Jay Hughes and Steve Niemi (fourth and fifth place in the weight throw), Don Berg (fifth in the pole vault) and Joel Peters (fifth in the 6000).

Navy Power

Navy's running superiority showed through in the mile when Jeff Kramer and Jim Kramer came in first and second. The sea-going academy failed to finish in the top two positions only in the hurdles, where Penn's Bruce Collins and Harold Schwab took first and second.

Harvard and Penn went into the meet with Ivy title aspirations, but Cornell's fine field work and speed-burning middle-distance men proved enough to edge out the other Ivy competitors.

Besides Leonard's new meet record in the triple jump, the Big Red's two-mile relay also erased a few ancient names from the Hep annals.

Stowell said before the meet that Harvard had a shot at winning the Ivies, but he said yesterday that he didn't count on what he termed "Cornell's tremendous home-track advantage."

"If we would meet Cornell in a dual meet we would probably win," Stowell said. "I would like to see them in the spring but we don't have a meet scheduled."

No Individual Title

Stowell also expressed his disappointment that there is no individual Ivy title based on dual meet victories. "It's within the realm of possibilities that one day we will have the Ivy title decided similar to the football, baseball, and hockey championships," he said.