The late McElligott, a native of Rose Valley, Pa., was a six-time national champion between cross country and outdoor track & field, and also holds the distinction of being the last Division III athlete to earn DI All-America status — a feat he accomplished once each in both cross country and outdoor track. He won both the 5000m and 10,000m outdoor Division III titles in 1990 and 1991, and claimed the DIII NCAA title in cross country in 1990. He still holds school records outdoors at 10,000m and indoors at 3000m and 5000m. Following his collegiate career, he went on to qualify for the finals of the 1992 Olympic Trials 10,000m, and was a member of the 1996 World U.S. Cross Country team. He unexpectedly passed away in 1998 at the age of 29 from smoke inhalation. He was a computer consultant who had been accepted by seven law schools and was undecided which to attend at the time of his accident.