Installment number 7 in the Memorable Moments series remembers the La Salle Explorers winning both the men’s and women’s conference cross country titles. La Salle claimed the championship for the 10th time. In the Atlantic 10 men’s race Zach Michon of Saint Joseph’s was the individual champion covering the distance in 25:02.7.
Runners for the Explorers who scored were Luke Jaciw-Zurakowsi (3rd place 25:13.2), Ibrahim Kedir (5th place 25:20.3), and Anthony Hawthorne (8th place 25:24.5).
The women’s team won their 8th title led by Grace Mancini who finished in 3rd place with a time of 18:01.8. Eleanor Mancini (Grace’s sister) was fourth less than 8 seconds behind. Jerika Lufrano was in 9th place hitting the finish line in 18:15.4. She was named the Most Outstanding Rookie of the meet.
Elaine Estes was the top finished for Saint Joe’s.
Let’s look at the recap.
La Salle captured the men’s championship with 56 points, 46 ahead of the runner-up Hawks of Saint Joseph’s. Zach Michon won the individual title for the Hawks covering the distance in 25:02.7. It was the 10th crown of the Explorers. The top finisher for La Salle was Luke Jaciw-Zurakowski who was third turning in a time of 25:13.2. Ibrahim Kedir (25:20.3) was fifth, and Anthony Hawthorne came in 8th covering the distance in 25:24.5. Alex Sanders was the Most Outstanding Rookie as the top freshman finisher with a time of 26:01.6. Colin Kane of Saint Joe’s finished just behind Sanders crossing the finish line in 26:05.2. The Hawks Matt Scarpill (25:31.8) was ninth overall.
In the women’s meet La Salle won its 8th title in 19 years with 68 points, 242 in front of second place George Washington. Grace Mancini led the team finishing in third place covering the distance in 18:01.8. Eleanor Mancini (18:09.2) was fourth and Jerika Lufrano (18:15.4) took 9th place, and was the Most Outstanding Rookie. Lottie Black of Rhode Island won the individual competition in 17:38.8. Elaine Estes was the top finisher for the Hawks turning a time of 18:13.9 taking 8th place.
Written By: Glenn Papazian