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The Harvard indoor track team christened its glittering new facility last night by shellacking Boston University, 91-45. The Crimson delighted the full house at their first meet of the season by turning what started out as a close meet into a total runaway.
"We can fly on our new pink carpet," exultant Crimson coach Bill McCurdy said afterwards. "It's great. We should see some amazing times this year," he added.
The Terriers, led by former British Olympian Glenn Cohen, looked very strong in the early running events as they took first places in the mile, the quarter-mile, the 60-yd. hurdles, the 60-yd. dash, and the 600--where Cohen, who is only a freshman, ran a blistering 1:12.0. But the Crimson managed to maintain a slim lead in the early going by sweeping the field events, their perennial strenth.
Senior strongman Ed Ajootian, a consistent performer for the Crimson last year, took at 35-lb. weight throw with a toss of 57-ft., 5-in. Steady Eddie was followed closely by teammate Tom Lenz, who wailed it 57-ft., 3-in.
Hasan Kayali, Sola Mahoney, and Aaron Poku-Appiah all jumped over 21-ft., 7-in. to sweep the long jump, Kayali winning with a leap of 21-ft., 11.75-in. Kayali returned to capture the triple jump with a very respectable 46-ft., 9.5-in.
Harvard grabbed all three places in both the pole vault and the high jump. Junior standout Geoff Stiles drew roars from the crowd with a spectacular vault of 16-ft. in the former event, while co-captain Dan Sullivan Fosbury-flopped his way over the bar at 6-ft., 8-in. to triumph in the latter. Senior Chris Queen put the shot 54-ft., 7.5-in. to complete the Crimson's clean sweep afield.
The Crimson iced the meet with some inspired running in the distance events. John Chafee blazed to victory in the half-mile, followed closely by sophomore teammate Thad McNulty, a much improved and very solid performer who also collected a third place in the mile and a victory as a member of Harvard's two-mile relay team.
Scott Dolson blew by B.U.'s Ed Arnold on the gun lap of the 1000-yd. run to win one of the night's most exciting races in 2:13.4.
The trio of Ed Sheehan, Reed Eichner, and Mark Meyer raced to Harvard's most lopsided running triumph of the evening, as they went out fast and managed to hold on in the two-mile. Meyer was passed by a B.U. runner on the last lap, but Meyer sprinted back by him to record a personal best time, ignite the fans, and send the Terriers home with their tails between their legs.
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