LEESBURG, Va. – La Salle took the top prize at the Mason Invitational on Saturday afternoon, riding first-place finisher Alfredo Santana to victory. Santana ran the 7800 meters in 24:52.2, finishing the race nearly 12 seconds ahead of the second-place runner.
The Explorer men sent five to the finish line in the top 11 and eight in the top 20.
Vince Perozze (25:12.4) finished third while Nick Ross (25:29.4) took sixth. Nico Greco (25:40.5) and Ian Barnhill (25:42.9) ended ninth and eleventh, respectively. A pack of Explorers crossed the finish line together, with Dan Day (26:09.0), Ben Pershall (26:09.8), and Michael Bowden (26:11.6) finishing 18th through 20th, respectively.
As a team, La Salle accumulated 28 total points on the day to earn the meet victory; George Mason, the second-place finisher, amassed 41 total points.