Thanks to standout performances at Saturday's Landmark Conference championships, freshmen Abigail Corrigan (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) and Jack Patwell (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) earned awards from the conference, which were formally announced on Tuesday.
As a result of winning the individual conference championship, Corrigan was named the conference Performer of the Year for women's cross country. She was also named the Rookie of the Year for posting the top finish among all conference newcomers. Patwell picked up the Rookie of the Year on the men's side.
In addition, men's sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) earned second-team all-conference honors on the basis of his ninth-place finish.
Corrigan outkicked a pair of competitors on the closing stretch to capture the championship in a time of 23:13.36 on the hilly 6,000-meter course. She became the first University of Scranton women's cross country runner in the program's 38 years to capture a conference title.
Corrigan's first-place finish also garnered her first-team all-conference honors, the first time women's runner from Scranton earned first-team honors since 2013 when Cara Notarianni and Mary O'Neill both earned first-team honors. Corrigan is also the first Royal to win Rookie of the Year on the women's side since 2009 when Kathleen Druther captured the honor.
Patwell was the first newcomer across the line in the men's championships, finishing 17th with a time of 29:04.33 on the difficult 8,000-meter course. He is the first Royal to win the men's Rookie of the Year honor in the conference's 11-year existence.
Bartlett captured second-team honors by completing the course in 28:30.01. He is just the second Royal to finish in the top 10 in the men's championships in the past six years, joining former teammate Jimmy Buckley, who finished seventh last season.