May 2, 2021 –
At the Atlantic 10 Track and Field Championships in Fairfax, VA. the Philly schools La Salle and Saint Joseph’s had four gold medalists. The biggest came on the field as La Salle high jumper Dennis Manyeah successfully defended his title and set a meet record of 2.15m in doing so. Saint Joseph’s distance runner Zach Michon won his first Atlantic 10 tiles sweeping the 1500m and the 5000m races. Michon ran a 3:48.88 on the 1500m, then followed that with a time of 15:03.40 in the 5000m, taking control of the race in the last 200 meters. Eleanor Mancini of La Salle won the women’s 10,000m championship finishing ahead of her sister Elizabeth Mancini.
Eleanor Mancini ran a time of 34:59.81 while Elizabeth Mancini turned in a 35:08.86 time in the distance running event. The Mancini family also saw sister Grace place second in the 3000m Steeplechase for the third consecutive year. Grace set a school record in the event. Lotte Black of URI won the event with a time of 16:37.34.
In the Men’s 5000m Michon finished ahead of La Salle runners Ibrahim Kedir (15:06.73) and Matt Bridges (15:12.58) for a Philly Sweep; first, second and third. Explorers runner Luke Jaciw-Zurakowski finished fifth covering the distance in 15:22.21.
La Salle took second and third in the Men’s 10,000m. Taonga Mbamo got the silver running a 30:40.02 and Jaciw-Jurakowski finished third in 30:47.63. George Mason’s Jack Ikenberry won the title running a strong 30:31.07.
Saint Joseph’s scored in the men’s 4×800 and the 4×400 relay races. The Hawks took fourth in both events. In the 4×400 the team of Michael Welde, Kyle Magee, Sebastian Eaton, and Michael Szwed ran a 3:17.31. The 4×800 runners had Owen Moelter, Javier Linares, Gavin Campbell, and John Walker turn in a 7:40.60 performance. Saint Joe’s placed fifth in the 4×100 relay running a 41.82. Vincent Giordano and David Bryant joined Welde and Eaton in the event.
Overall in the men’s meet La Salle placed 8th scoring 57 points. Saint Joseph’s was just behind posting 49 points. Rhode Island won the men’s title getting 189 points.
In the women’s meet La Salle placed 9th garnering 43 points. SJU got 2 points. Meet winner VCU scored 149 points.
Written By: Glenn Papazian