Two Shippensburg University students were added to the 2011-2012 PSAC Winter Top 10 squad on Thursday.
Senior indoor track mid-distance and distance runner Stephen Schelander a sociology major with a 3.80 cumulative GPA, was one of two Shippensburg honorees along with senior men’s basketball player John Corrigan.
Thursday’s award is the third of Schelander’s career. He is now one of just five student-athletes in school history to receive three or more PSAC Top 10 awards, having previously been honored with a 2010-11 PSAC Spring Top 10 award for men’s outdoor track & field and a 2011-12 PSAC Fall Top 10 award for men’s cross-country.
In February, Schelander was named the overall MVP of the 2012 PSAC Indoor Championships after finishing with a PSAC title in the mile, a second-place finish in the 3K and a championship in the distance medley relay (DMR) as its anchor leg. Schelander’s win in the mile was his first individual conference championship, he was a 12-time PSAC placewinner throughout indoor and outdoor competition entering this year’s meet.
During the regular season, Schelander ran the opening leg of the DMR that broke the all-time PSAC record at the Penn State National Invitational (9:47.57). At the 2012 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, he ran the anchor leg of the DMR that earned All-America honors with a third-place finish (9:56.36).
Following the regular season, Schelander was cited by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for All-Region performances in the mile and 5K in addition to his work with the DMR.
Corrigan, a history major with a 3.97 cumulative GPA, was the other honoree added to the squad.
It is the first PSAC Top 10 award for Corrigan, who becomes the 28th different individual from Shippensburg to receive such an honor. He is just the second men’s basketball player to receive a PSAC Top 10 award, Nebosja Bogdanovic was honored for Winter 2003-04.
Corrigan, who became SU’s men’s basketball program’s first Academic All-American in 30 years in February, has been an impactful bench player for the Raiders. He played in all but two of the team’s games in 2011-12, scoring 98 total points and averaging 14 minutes per game.
One of his best features was the ability to step out and hit a key shot. This season, Corrigan shot 42 percent from the field and hit 13 3-pointers. He earned his first career start on Senior Day and scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in 29 minutes.
Overall, Corrigan has shown the ability to come off the bench and hit 3-point shot, going 40 percent from long distance in his career. He appeared in 48 of the team’s 54 games over the last two years, shooting 45 percent from the field and totaling 193 points. His career high for points in a game is 13, set last season versus Kutztown.
Corrigan is in his fourth and final semester at SU after spending two years at the United States Naval Academy. He is prepared to graduate in May and plans to attend law school.
With its two honorees, SU maintains the lead among league institutions with 48 career PSAC Top 10 awards. Clarion University has 42 all-time awards while Slippery Rock University, Edinboro University, East Stroudsburg University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania have all totaled 39 awards.
It is also the 10th consecutive competitive season that SU has had a PSAC Top 10 award winner — the longest active streak among league institutions. The PSAC record for consecutive semesters with a PSAC Top 10 award winner is 14, set by Lock Haven University from Winter 1998-99 through Spring 2002-03.
The PSAC Top 10 awards were first granted in the fall of 1997.