Record performances by Henry Abbott and Ed Bailey brightened an otherwise dull showing by the Crimson track team in last Saturday's K. of C. invitational meet. Abbott set a new University shot put mark with a 51 ft., 6 in. heave, and Bailey threw the 35-lb. weight 51 ft., 11 in. to break his own freshman record.
Abbott finished second in the shot to Stew Thompson of the New York Athletic Club, topping B.U.'s Eino Keerd and Larry Cafarella, who defeated him earlier in the season. Despite his fine effort, Bailey went unplaced in the weight event.
Landau Places Fourth
The Crimson's Joel Landau turned in a creditable performance, taking fourth in the high hurdles. Landau's opposition, probably the finest hurdle field ever assembled in this part of the country, included Lee Calhoun of North Carolina, the reigning Olympic champion; Keith Gardner of Nebraska, the Big Eight king; and Charlie Pratt of the Philadelphia Pioneers, a former national decathlon winner.
Aside from Landau and Abbott, though, none of the Crimson entrants placed in the individual events. Dave Brahms was left behind in the Farrell 500, won by Basil Ince of Tufts, and dashman Larry Repsher finished last in his heat. The varsity field event men also fared badly against some of the best high jumpers and broad jumpers in the nation.
Relay Teams Defeated
In the relay events, the vasity did little better. The mile relay team was soundly beaten by Yale in a fast 3:22.5, and the two-mile combination finished far back in fourth place.
Jack Downing, Rich Castellana, Harry Rich, and Don Kirkland gave the Crimson its only first of any kind during the meet with a victory in the freshman mile relay. The Yardlings led Holy Cross to the tape by 20 yards in the good time of 3:33.4.
Without any doubt the starts of the meet were Ron Delany of Ireland and John Thomas of B.U. Delany, wearing the green of his home country, gave the enthusiastic crowd a thrill with one of his patented come-from-behind triumphs in the K. of C. Mile. He moved into the lead with two laps to go, after trailing the field most of the way, and romped home in the good indoor time of 4:08.3.
New Indoor Record
Thomas was, as usual, sensational. The freshman high jump prodigy cleared every height through 6 ft., 10 3/4 in. without a miss. Then, after missing his first attempt, he went over the bar at 6 ft., 11 3/4 in. for a new world record, eclipsing the one he set last week.
In the Prout 600, the closest race of the night, Ed Collymore of Villanova, a former local high school star, came from third place with 100 yards to go and caught Rudy Smith of Bates at the wire in a tremendous lunging finish which left both men sprawled on the track.