Cross Country overview

The La Salle College High School running program (Cross Country - Track & Field) is among the most storied in the entire Philadelphia area. There is a rich tradition of success for the Explorers, not only in the Philadelphia Catholic League, but in Philadelphia, on the East Coast, and even Nationally.

Cross Country results
Opponent Date Time Location Details Result Score Alerts
PCL Meet #1
Belmont Plateau Details 1st
PCL Meet #2
Belmont Plateau Details 1st
Briarwood Invitational
Belmont Plateau Details 1st
PCL Meet #3
Belmont Plateau Details
PCL Meet #4
Belmont Plateau Details
Carlisle Invitational
Carlisle High School Details 1st
PCL Meet #5
Belmont Plateau Details
PCL Meet #6
Belmont Plateau Details
Manhattan College Invitational
Van Cortlandt Park Details
PCL Championship
Belmont Plateau Details
PIAA District XII Championship
Belmont Plateau Details
PIAA State Championship
Hershey Parkview Course Details
Cross Country news & events

Recent News

Program history

The La Salle College High School running program (Cross Country - Track & Field) is among the most storied in the entire Philadelphia area. Their is a rich tradition of success for the Explorers, not only in the Philadelphia Catholic League, but in Philadelphia, on the East Coast, and even Nationally.

Current Head Coach Pat Devine is in his 32nd year at the helm for the Explorers. During his tenure he has directed one of the most accomplished teams in the area, winning countless titles and awards. Most recently he has been the Philadelphia Inquire's XC Coach of the Year in '04 and '03. His teams have won 5 PCL XC Titles ('05, '04, '03, '97, '82), and Eastern State XC Title in '03, 4 PCL Indoor Track Titles ('99, '98, '97, '94), and one PCL Outdoor Track Title ('98). Additionally his Cross Country and Track & Field teams have won numerous PCL Northern Division Titles (both XC and Outdoor Track & Field) and PA Prep State Titles. He has coached numerous Individual PCL and PA State champions: Sean McGinley (PCL XC '05), Joe Fedorowicz (PA Indoor 800 '04), Mike Donahue (PCL XC, Mile, 2 Mile '99), Greg Bielecki (PCL 800 '99), Chris Ward (PCL 800 '98), Tom O'Connell (PCL 800 '96), Gil Smith (PCL 2 Mile '96), Jack Horgan (PCL XC '94), Kevin Scully (PCL Mile '91), Seamus McElligott (PCL XC, Mile, 2 Mile '86), Steve Gallagher (PCL 800, Mile '83), and John Mohrbacher (PCL 2 Mile '76). However, Devine's real coaching tallent can be seen in the success the Explorers have had in the Relay events. Devine's charges have won countless PCL Relay Titles. In the recent past he has had tremendous success at big meets such as the PA State Championship (in the 4x800: 3rd in '03, 3rd in '99, 2nd '98, 4th in '97, 1st in '96) , and Eastern State Championships (in the 4x800: 1st in '99). His runners have often been All-State and All-Americans in the 4x800 and Distance Medley Relays. The crowning moment was his '96 4x800 meter Relay team that finished 2nd in the Championship of America 4x800 at the Penn Relays and was the 1st U.S. team, earning Penn Relays watches.

Prior to Devine's tenure the famed Tom Donnelly (Class of '65) was Head Coach for 5 years, with Devine serving as his assistant. During Donnelly's stint at his alma mater the Explorers enjoyed even more success than they had when he was an athlete, winning back to back PCL and City XC titles in 1971 and 1972 (the only back-to-back XC titles in school history until 2003 - 2004), and scoring numerous individual PCL corwns in XC and on the track. Donnelly's personal record as an athlete at La Salle has been unmatched. He was a 4 time individual PCL XC champ (the only one in the history of the PCL), and a 3 time PCL Champ in the Mile on the track. He also won the Eastern State XC Championship setting the course record at hallowed Van Cortland Park.

While the Explorers certainly rose to new hights under Donnelly and became a fixture among the areas elites under Devine the bar had been set high even before that by athletes such as John Mastronardo, Jim Lomanno, John Gorman, Jim Bannister, John Bucley, Tom Gola, Joe Watmuff, Bob Kramer, Bob Walsh, Marty Stanczak, Phil Lembach (All PCL Champs). Undoubtedly we can continue to look for future La Salle runners to maintain and expand upon this long tradition of greatness.

Where We train

The La Salle College High School Cross Country and Track & Field Program trains year-round at some of the most renowned and senic locations in the entire region. Here are a few:

La Salle College High School Campus/Outdoor Track

Among the premire High School Tracks in the area the Track & Field Team practice at their facility from November through May each year. Also, the Campus itself provides a great place to do some running on soft surfaces with some challenging hills, or just warming up/cooling down for workouts or races.

Valley Green - Forbidden Drive

The primary location for the Cross Country Team and middle-distance and distance runners on the Track Team to train year-round. A 5 mile dirt and stone path that is closed to cars is popular with runners and bikers in Philadelphia. Not only is it incredibly senic but perfect for running due to how easy it is on the legs. With ample trails and hills to run the Explorers can truly call this their home away from home.

Fort Washington State Park

A common spot for the Explorers Cross Country team to run hill workouts and sometimes do Interval training, as well as run through on longer runs from campus by way of the Green Ribbon Trail.

Prophecy Creek Park

A favorite spot of the Explorers during Cross Country providing a challenging layout for Interval training, and enjoyable trails for easy running.

Belmont Plateau

The home course for all PCL Cross Country the Explorers race there every Wednesday afternoon from mid-September till the beginning of November. The 5k course is among the most challenging in the country, and famous for it's brutal hills: Parachute Hill and Flagpole Hill. There are also plenty of trails in this section of Fairmount Park taking runners through the old college course, up Surekill Hill, and back to the trails off of Chamounix Road.

Road Loops

During the winter months snow often forces the indoor track & field team off the trails and onto the roads. For a nice change of pace the Explorers have plenty of good road loops from school. There are two main starting points - Hawthorn Lane, and Cobden & Newbold Lanes. From the Hawthorn Lane start point are more of the shorter, traditional loops - the Mount Loop(3.5 miles), the Arboretum Loop(4.5 miles), the College Loop(5.5 miles), and (the rarely run) Golf Course Loop(7.5-8 miles). From the other start point, Cobden & Newbold Lanes, there are several longer loops through with beautiful local neighborhood streets to explore in the historic Chestnut Hill area, such as the Loop of Destiny, Germantown Avenue(or Gravers) Loop, Springside Loop, and others. To map out a route or find the distance of a run try using this:

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/

Summer camp

The 13th Annual
La Salle College High School
Running Camp


July 24-27, 2017

For Male and Female Runners
going into grades 5th through 9th

Click here for the Summer 2017 brochure

Contact:
Mr. Greg Bielecki
8605 Cheltenham Avenue
Wyndmoor, PA 19038
Phone: (215) 402-4245
Email Coach Bielecki

Links

The Philadelphia Catholic League Cross Country/Track & Field:

http://www.thepcl.org/

Track & Field Coaches Association of Greater Philadelphia:

http://www.geocities.com/tfcaofgp/

PA Track & Field Coaches Association:

http://www.ptfca.org/

PennTrackXC:

http://pa.milesplit.com/

Dyestat:

http://www.dyestat.com/

LetsRun:

http://www.letsrun.com/

Track & Field News:

http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/tfn/index.jsp

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