The Harvard women's track team capped a Hawless spring season and a nearly perfect year Saturday, downing the Elis of New Haven in the final dual meet 79-48.
Yale sprinter Pat Melton won her third consecutive Treasurer's Cup, an award given to the outstanding performer of the meet, after winning the long jump, 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash.
The Crimson thinclads set the tone for the meet during the early going, competing aggressively against the powerful Yale corps in the field events. Senior Co-Captain Kim Johnson, who won the Treasurer's Cup four years ago, led a sweep of the shot put with a new school record of 44'1 1/4". Freshman Marie Acacia also set a new school mark hurling 128 to win the discus
Just as they have done all year, the Harvard distance runners brushed off all competition, effortlessly taking every event from the 400 on up Junior Darlene Beckford, who is versatile enough to run in a different contest every meet, took the 400 in a 58.5 clocking, despite a limited amount of training and speed work last week. Kathy Busby followed her in second place with a personal best of 59.4, both were well under the previous school record of 59.6.
Freshman Mary-Jeanne Barrett had her most satisfying day of the year, winning the 1500 with a time of 4.32 and later taking second in the 800 with a time of 2:16.0. After trading the lead in the 1500 with All-American teammates Jenny Stricker and senior Co-Captain Mary Herlihy for most of the race Barrett took the intative in the final 200 yards and took her first win of the season.
Sentor Paula Newnham, a member of the British Olympic training team, ran the 800 for the first time in two years, crossing first with a 2:13:4 effort. Sophomore Grace deFries finished third with a 2:19.
Hampered by the back of outdoor training facilities because of the current renovation of the Stadium, the Harvard sprinters nevertheless had their best meet yet this season, surprising the Yale squad with several first-place finishes. Marquita "Skeets" Patterson led the charge, winning the 100 meter hurdles in 15.3, then later setting a new school record in the 400 hurdles with a 66.4.
"I'm damn proud of the sprinters," remarked anecdotal head Coach Pappy Hunt after the meet. "They've worked their asses off this year and they deserve to do well."
THE NOTEBOOK: The next meet for the thinclads will be the Eastern AIAWs, to be held in two weeks at St. Johns College in New York. Because it will be during Harvard's reading period, a number of competitors have already decided not to compete, Looking even further ahead. Beckford does not think she will run in the National AIAW Championships at the end of June because of exams and the drain of female track talent to the NCAA side this year.