Corona is the first Academy athlete to earn the conference's top athletic award.
Corona is just the third Falcon to claim the weekly award more than once in a season.
It is the first weekly cross country award for Corona.
Corona was the runner-up at the MW Championships, leading the men to a second-place team finish.
Isaiah Bragg, Patrick Corona and Hannah Everson were the Falcons' three all-region honorees.
2013 All-Mountain West, Cross Country
2013 All-Region, Cross Country
2014 All-Mountain West, Track and Field | Mile Run
2014 All-Mountain West, Track and Field | 1500-Meter Run
2014 NCAA Participant | 1500-Meter Run
2014 Mountain West Cross Country Runner-Up
2014 All-Mountain West, Cross Country
2015 Mountain West Champion | 5000-Meter Run
2015 All-Mountain West, Track and Field | 5000-Meter Run
2015 NCAA Participant | 5000-Meter Run
JUNIOR YEAR | 2014: Competed in five meets, including the conference and regional events...Mountain West runner-up...recorded the Academy’s fastest 8K time in 25 years (23:41.40) to finish second at that meet...first-team all-conference selection...also ran that distance at the Pre-National Invitational (25:14.80, 67th)...placed 37th at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships with a 10K time of 30:59.49...ran 24:33.00 in the five-mile race at the Notre Dame Invitational (101st)...opened the season with a ninth-place time of 18:42.20 at the Fresno State Invitational (6K), helping the Falcons to the team title...earned Air Force Athlete of the Week honors following the MW Championships...academic all-conference selection.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2013: Participated in five meets, including the conference, regional and national championships...earned all-conference and all-region honors...recorded second-team all-MW status after finished 13th at the Mountain West Championships (24:39.55)...finished 21st at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships (career-best 10K of 30:00.40) to capture all-region accolades...that time is the third-fastest 10K mark in Academy history...earned a scoring finish at the regional meet to help Air Force to its first appearance at the national championships since 2004...was the #2 Air Force runner at the NCAA Championships, finishing 89th in 31:14.10...also competed at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (career-best 8K of 24:09.00, 64th) and the Colorado State Open (5K of 15:08.00, eighth)
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2012: Ran in four meets…opened the season with a 5K time of 16:40.0 at the Colorado State Open (40th)…clocked a season-best 8K time of 26:52.0 to finish sixth at the Metro State Invitational…also competed in 8K races at the Woody Greeno Invitational (27:04.4, 84th) and Rocky Mountain Shootout (27:32.0, 48th)…academic all-conference selection.
MAJOR TRACK AND FIELD HIGHLIGHTS: Clocked a Mountain West Outdoor Championship Meet Record time of 13:57.67 to claim the conference title at 5000 meters as a junior...that time is also the third-fastest mark in Academy history...four-time all-conference honoree (2014 mile, 2014 1500-meter run, 2015 indoor and outdoor 5000-meter run)...NCAA participant in the 5000-meter run (2015 outdoors) and 1500-meter run (2014 outdoors)...clocked Academy top-10 times in the mile (4:02.82a, fourth), 3000-meter (7:55.01, third) and 5000-meter (14:08.85a, seventh) events during indoor season of junior year...registered the Academy’s third-fastest times in both the 1500-meter (3:43.17) and 5000-meter (13:51.54) races during the outdoor season...the 1500- and 3000-meter times are Junior Class Records...anchored two of the three-fastest outdoor distance medley relay teams in program history...ran on the 2014 squad that set an Academy record of 9:40.12 at the Penn Relays and on the 2015 team that posted the program’s third-fastest time (9:43.44) at the Drake Relays...four-time Mountain West Athlete of the Week.
HIGH SCHOOL: Fairfield College Preparatory School…all-conference and all-division in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track…member of the 2011 cross country team that won the Connecticut state championship title…ran the anchor leg of the 4x800-meter relay team that placed second in New England with a school record time of 7:50…also ran a leg of the 4xMile team that set a school record…personal-best times include 1:56.51 (800m), 2:32.23 (1000m), 4:23.1 (1600m) and 9:57 (3200m)…also ran a career-best 5K cross country time of 16:27…member of the National Honor Society…graduated with Cum Laude honors…served as Vice President for the Class of 2012.
PERSONAL: Full name is Patrick William Corona...nickname is “Patty”…son of Thomas Sr., and Janine Corona…has one older brother, Thomas Jr., and one younger brother, William…majoring in economics…future plans include becoming a pilot...following retirement from the Air Force, plans include becoming the mayor of Lavallette, N.J., and captain of the Lavallette Beach Patrol (“I want my retirement to involve a lot of golf and Tommy Bahama shirts”)...named to the Superintendent’s List for excellence in military, academic and athletic performance...hobbies include snorkeling, golf, listening to Jack Johnson and beating Zach Perkins in Monopoly and Risk…is a fan of the New York Yankees, New York Jets, FC Bayern Munich and the New York Knicks...favorite food is Birthday Cake Remix from Cold Stone Ice Cream...co-leader of the AFXC clan in the Clash of Clans game (Level 51)...drives a Cadillac named after Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri from The Sopranos...can rap the entirety of the Dr. Dre song “Forgot About Dre”...completed Operation Air Force at Hill AFB, Utah, over the summer...also worked as a Sports Camp counselor and completed Powered Flight...would like to add that “Dan Caddigan is my twin”…member of Cadet Squadron 02.
COACH COLE ON PATRICK: “Patrick is coming off of a very successful year, but he and I both know there is a lot more there. At this point, Patrick has realized he has immense potential as a distance runner and he has a healthy perspective on trying to maximize his ability in the time he has left at USAFA. But he’s also realizing that he has immense potential to impact the team around him. Watching him properly and effectively capitalize on that potential over the coming year will be just as fun as watching him run extremely fast.”