Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 10. September 14, 1959
While the fencers may have won half a trophy the harriers were the only team to bring home a trophy. The harriers in an outstanding team effort won the Shackleford Cup (for North Island teams) and took, second place to Canterbury in the Dixon Trophy (the major cup).
The Tomahawk course was new to most N.Z.U. harriers and presented plenty of variety, in surface and scenery. The surface ranged from beach to road and thence to mud. The Otago boys assured us that the conditions were remarkably good—the feeling was that we would hate to see them bad.
Alistair Murray (O.U.) set a cracking pace from the start and by half way had established a lead of over a minute on the rest of the field.
A bunch followed Alistair containing the leading runners from each team. At the back of this group was Ian McCausland (7th in the junior nationals) from Vic. The first of the hills saw significant changes and Ian gradually moved up through the field as did Gordon Wyatt of Canterbury.
To those who do not know Ian's style of running his start was unconvincing, but I can only say it is the end that counts, he finished third behind Murray and Wyatt.
Credit must go to the Vic. and Canterbury teams for running as teams, the others seemed to have a few individuals who ran as such and no medium runners to back them up.
The race was notable in that the first six places were filled by chaps from each of the colleges and universities.
The Vic. boys were most surprised and disappointed in the Massey team which had beaten them earlier this season at Paekakariki.
While Alistair Murray may have got an N.Z.U. Blue, we, of course, also filled the last two places. I trust these two enjoyed the dinner afterwards.