For more than a decade, the Harvard men's indoor track team trampled Dartmouth meet after meet, and the odds grew that someday the Big Green would break through with a victory Someday came Saturday, when the Crimson fell in Hanover, 72-64.
Harvard, now 3-2 overall, lost the meet by less than three-tenths of a second Dartmouth's margin of victory in the two-mile relay. Going into the relays, the Crimson had led, 64-62, and needed to win only one of the relay contests to clinch the contest.
In the mile relay, the Crimson simply got off to a poor start, and when Jim Herberich handed the baton to Dwayne Jones. Harvard already trailed by 10 yards Jones picked up the pace and finished his laps tied with Dartmouth's Roberto Belaguer. Bennet Midlo lost about four yards for the Crimson and Scott Murrer failed to catch Anthony Hilliard finishing half a step behind the Big Green's steady anchorman.
The two mile version brought more of the same Harvard freshman Cliff Sheeham, who had already won the mile and finished second in the 1000, ran a strong anchor leg but fell short by that fateful three tenths of a second.
Throughout the afternoon. Harvard had difficulty adjusting to Dartmouth's circular, unbanked track. "I just couldn't get the push off that I usually get on the Harvard track," said Steve Ezeji-Okoye. "In the 600 I ended up way on the outside when trying to pass."
Ezeji-Okoye still finished third in the 600 less than half a second behind teammate Murrer and the Big Green's Pat Lavery. Ezeji-Okoye also pulled off an upset victory in the 60 yd hurdles with a time of 7-7.
Mark Henry maintained his reputation for versatility, copping wins in both the 60 yd dash and the triple jump. He also finished third in the long and high jump. He also finished third in the long and high jump.
The Harvard jumping corps generally dominated, as Henry, Gus Udo and Jimmy Johnson swept the long jump, and Henry and Robert Taylor took first and second in the triple jump.
The thinclads next face Yale and Princeton in New Haven in the Big Three meet this weekend.
THE NOTEBOOK This weekend at the Milrose games. Tom Byers broke Adam Dixon's American 1000 record of 2, 1:19.79 with a 2:19.2 performance.
35 LD We' D Jurboc 16 95m 2 D Pet 16 61 3 H Outero 16 04
Long Jump-- 1 H Udo 6 81m H Johnson 6 71m 3 H Henry 6 43
Male - 1 H Sheehan 4 14 8 2 D O Neal 4 15 5 3 D Caring 4 17 9