La Salle Cross Country Makes History this Season


Samantha Boyes, Staff

La Salle Cross Country

La Salle’s men’s cross country team won the Atlantic 10 (A-10) Championships this past weekend. The competition was held in Cedarville, Ohio on Oct. 30 and was a major success for the team all around. Leading the team to success was junior Taonga Mbambo who finished his 6k in fourth place with his senior teammate, Ibrahim Kedir, who finished right behind him in sixth place. This team has depth, because soon Luke Jaciw-Zurakowsky placed 13th right before his teammate Ryan James placed 14th. 

The women’s team placed sixth overall in the A-10 Championship. Leading her team, El Mancini finished in third place as the first Explorer to cross the finish line in the 5k  with a finishing time of 17.32:1. Right after, Liz Mancini took fourth place with a personal best. The other explorers who paved this team’s success were Christine Mancini, who earned 11th place in the 3k split, and Jenna Webb who also placed in the 3k split at 45th place.  

However, the A-10 Championships were not the only time these two teams have been successful. Recently, both teams competed at the Princeton Invitational where the men placed fourteenth in the 4k & the women placed seventh place in the 6.1k. Some other highlights for these runners are their individual accomplishments, especially when all three Mancini sisters earned First Team All-Conference Honors.