Not record smashing Glenn Cunningham, "little" Don Lash, or Earl Meaddows, but Harvard Sophomore James Lightbody walked off with the John J. Hallahan Memorial trophy for the outstanding performance of the B. A. A. Meet Saturday night. Lightbody drove the Yale quartet into the ground when he anchored his team to a win, running his quarter in 49.3 seconds.
The Harvard-Yale relay was easily the high spot of the evening, the crowd reaching its highest emotional pitch (excluding the one-minute silence for founder George V. Brown) when Lightbody bore down upon and passed Gardner Millet in the last stretch of the dramatic race.
Some observers saw a bit of poetic justice in the race. Frannie King, first Harvard leg, fell flat on his face from what appeared to be a deliberate foul by the Yale runner. King regained his feet and raced on, yards behind as he was.
Hobart Lerner next carried the torch, handing it to Tudor Richards who in turn relayed it to Lightbody. Lightbody was thirty yards behind as he rounded the first curve, but steadily he closed the gap, and the crowd screamed for the kill.
The "kill" was almost too literal but poetic justice must be served--two yards from the tape, as Lightbody drew up even with his opponent, Millet stumbled and fell in a sprawl on the pock-marked boards. The time was 3:32, not brilliant because of the mishap in the first quarter.
McIsaac Clears 15 Feet
Other Harvard performers did reasonably well. Frederick McIsaac '40 cleared 13 feet in the pole vault. Mason Fernald, out all week with a cold looked well in the hurdle semi-finals, though not graduating to the final heat.
Alexander Northrop ran a good race in the mile, far outclassed at the start as he was by Cunningham, Venske, and Ray Mahannah of Drake. Bob Haydock, star Crimson high-jumper, did not compete, having injured his leg in the Millrose Games last week.