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Mark Corrigan Earns Male Runner of the Year; Women Tie Best Finish at 2017 CACC Cross Country Championships

Copyright 2017; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photos by Frank Stallworth.
Copyright 2017; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photos by Frank Stallworth.

NEWARK, Del. - - Mark Corrigan earned medalist honors and the women finished a program best second overall as the Wilmington University cross country teams competed at the 2017 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championships on Sunday at White Clay Creek State Park.

It is the second straight year the Wildcats earned the medalist honors on the men's side (Ken Fontal in 2016), but the men finished fourth overall with 105 points. Rachel Jones and Gabrielle Brown led the women with top 10 finishes, giving them 115 points for second place overall. Corrian, Jones, and Brown were named All-CACC for finishing in the Top 15.

The men were up first on Sunday, and Corrigan wasted little time to announce his presence. He finished the race in 26:39.8, nearly 14 seconds ahead of the field. He is the fourth Wildcat to earn medalist honors at the CACC Championship in the program's NCAA era, joining Bill Steele (2010), Richie Mitten (2013), and Ken Fontal (2016).

Johnathan Avila was the second Wildcat to cross the line, finishing in 21st overall with a time of 28:15.1. Jake Puharic and Miguel Suero finished back-to-back at 23rd and 24th, respectively, before Korey Jeffries finished off the scoring for the Wildcats in 36th. Puharic ran in 28:28.8 while Suero completed the race in 28:31.8. Jeffries finished in 29:27.8.

Sean Scandle was also on the course for the Wildcats, placing 38th overall in 29:31.7. Jayven Davis wrapped up the Wildcats on Sunday with an 83rd place finish, finishing in 35:35.0.

The women finished in second place for the second time in the program's history, tying the mark set by the 2011 squad. The team finished sixth overall last season.

Jones led the Wildcats with a fifth place finish, crossing the line in 20:05.1, her best finish at the CACC Championships in her career. Gabrielle Brown finished ninth overall with a time of 20:27.4, also her best finish at the CACC Championships in her career.

Alexa Crowell was the third Wildcat to cross the line, finishing 30th overall with a time of 21:55.7. Julia Merritt placed 34th overall with a time of 22:05.2 while Nicole Brevoort wrapped up the Wildcats' scoring with a 37th place finish in 22:18.6.

Emily Kockott placed 45th overall with a time of 22:42.3 while Tara Langan wrapped up the Wildcats on the course with a 65th place finish in 24:03.2.

Corrigan and the women's team will take their talents to the 2017 NCAA East Regional Championship hosted by Daemen College at the Delaware Park Golf Course in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, November 4.


2017 CACC Cross Country Championships:


1. Jefferson – 75 points
2. Chestnut Hill – 91 points
3. Bloomfield – 98 points
4. Wilmington – 105 points
5. Nyack – 153 points
6. Georgian Court – 189 points
7. Felician – 204 points
8. Dominican – 211 points
9. Holy Family – 219 points
10. Post – 226 points
11. Goldey-Beacom – 238 points
12. USciences – 265 points
13. Caldwell – 284 points
14. Concordia – 442 points


1. Jefferson – 49 points
2. Wilmington – 115 points
3. Georgian Court – 127 points
4. Chestnut Hill – 133 points
5. Nyack – 157 points
6. USciences – 158 points
7. Bloomfield – 159 points
8. Dominican – 197 points
9. Holy Family – 208 points
10. Caldwell – 209 points
11. Post – 240 points
12. Goldey-Beacom – 281 points
13. Felician – 351 points
14. Concordia - incomplete