The Harvard men's track team nabbed only one championship and ended up in fifth place at the Heptagonal this weekend in Hanover N.H., while Princeton repeated its indoor Heps performance by running away with the meet. Navy took second, while Dartmouth edged out Penn for third. Army, Cornell, Yale, Brown, and Columbia all finished behind the Crimson thinclads.
Long jumper Johnson, who recovered from a disappointing performance in the GBCs last weekend with a leap of 24-it 4-in., provident the only Harvard win. Mr. Versatility, Mark Henry, took fifth and hopped, skipped and jumped his way to second in the triple jump. Shawn Hall was close behind and ended up in third place.
While no Crimson runner won a race, several turned in strong second-place finishes. Junior Eric Schuler, who has been on tear all spring. finished less than half a second behind Dartmouth's Shawn O'Neal to take second place in the 1500 with a time of 3:47.60. Freshman Cliffe Sheehan was breathing right down Schuler's back at the finish and came in third at a 3:48.20 clip.
The 1500 began with all eight runners clustered in a pack, but after five or six laps turned into a four-man race between O'Neal, defending champ Brat Rowe. Sheehan, and Schuler. O'Neal and Rowe battled each other for the lead, but coming around the last turn Row elbowed O'Neal and was disqualified. Neither Sheeham nor Schuler could catch the due and the Crimson pair finished two steps behind.
Crimson speedster Dwavne Jeanes coninuted the Harvard tradition of almosts by placing second in the 400 meter dash. Jones still had quite a day, turning in a time of 47:3.13 seconds off his record setting finish at the GBCs last week. Defending champ Jeff Hill simply outkicked Jones to break the tape first as they came around the last turn.
Middle destance specialist Brad Bunney almost notched another Crimson second place but was awarded third-place in 800 when the judges ruled that he finished one-hundredth of a second behind Yale's Joe Secley The race started out at an incredibly fast pace with the runners finishing the quarter mile in a 51.2 clip. After such a quick start, the rest of the race was a matter of who could hold on
Dartmouth's Kwabena Gyasi-Twum took the lead at the start of the gym lap and kept it all the way to the finish. Meanwhile, Bunney and Seeley matched each other stride for stride across the line, and at first Bunney was given second. After viewing the photo, however, the judges reversed their decision.
The Crimson recorded another second-place finish in the 4 x 100 relay. Henry in the anchor position moved from fifth to second but made his move too late and hit the tape two steps behind the Penn anchorman.
This Saturday the Crimson will face Northeastern in what promises to be a very close meet. The Yale match, which was snowed out earlier this season, will be made up a week from today at MIT.