With the score 95-36 in favor of the Crimson, you would hardly expect to find the members of the Harvard men's indoor track team lining the ITT track cheering at the top of their lungs during the last event
But Coach Frank Haggerty made Saturday's slaughter of the Bruins interesting by shuffling his runners and saving his best half milers for the two-mile relay, hoping that the squad's performance would earn them an invitation to the Millrose games
The final relay was indicative of the depth versatility, and enthusiasm the thinclads have shown so far in their brief 2-0 season Besides the Millrose hopefuls, the Crimson was able to field four other relay squads.
With only their teammates cheers to motivate them, the quarter of Cliff Sheehan. Eric Schuler, Bob Higgins, and Brad Bunney finished in 7 38.8, a time Haggerty thinks, "looks good for as early season race, but probably isn't good enough to get us a spot"
Haggerty, however, was not disappointed "What is important is that we had the depth and ability to move our runners around." And move them around he did Three-thousand meter specialists Andy Regan and Peter Jelley ran half their usual distance, while Dwayne Jones ran his first 500 and Rich Mullane and Paul O Leary moved to the 800 to take Bunney' spot.
The newness of the events did not hinder their performance though, as Regan and Jelley took first and third respectively in the 1500. Jones took second in a tough 500 race, and O'Leary and Mullane finished third in their events.
"Switching people's events is important." Haggerty said after the meet. "It keeps the runners from getting stale"
Of course not all the runners changed events and those that ran in their usual races were also very successful. Sophomore Steve Ezeji-Okoye's 75 in the 55-meter hurdles earned him first place, and teammate Jim Herberich finished right behind him for second. Freshman Doug Boyd and junior Mark Henry both cleared 6-ft., 8-in to take the first two places in the high jump, while Co-Captain Gus Udo, Jimmy Johnson, and Shown Hall dominated the other jumping events
Sophomnie John Perkins continued to find success in the 1000, winning handily with a time of 2:34.0
In one of the Crimson's only disappointments of the day. Brown's Shawn Robinson edged out Herberich to take the 400 Herberich had led the race from the very start, followed by Harvard freshman Chris Alderidge, and Robinson But, when they rounded the last bend. Robinson put on a burst of speed and overtook Alderidge and caught up to Herberich, thrusting out his chest to break the ribbon first.
The Crimson will face much tougher competition nest weekend when it travels to West Point to take on Army