Batch and Coffman Win Individual Titles at WU Grass Course Meet

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Maddie Coffman (Jr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) took first place in the women's race and Ian Batch (Sr., Eagle, ID/Capital HS) won the men's race, leading Willamette University to both team titles at the WU Grass Course cross country meet, Saturday, Sept. 15 at Bush's Pasture Park. The Willamette women's team took five of the top eight places, while the WU men's squad provided five of the top six finishers in the men's race.

Coffman completed the 5-kilometer women's course in 18:52.92 for roughly a nine-second lead over teammate Jena Winger (Jr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS), who took second place in 19:01.97. Jo E. Mayer of Whitworth University finished third with a time of 19:04.06.

Willamette completed its team score with the sixth, seventh and eight place runners. Molly Lewis (So., Gig Harbor, WA/Gig Harbor HS) was sixth at 19:12.70, while Ashley Sharratt (Jr., Union, OR/Union HS) with seventh with a time of 19:16.44 and Hannah Vietmeier (So., Shoreline, WA/Shorewood HS) was eighth less than half a second later at 19:16.87.

Three other Bearcat women's runners placed in the top 14. Ali Maki (Jr., Shoreview, MN/Mounds View HS) took 11th by clocking in at 19:23.47. Edith Polanco (Jr., Salem, OR/McKay HS) placed 13th and finished the race in 19:26.79. Carly Killam (Sr., Kailua, HI/Punahou HS) was 14th with a time of 19:32.82.

A total of 47 runners entered the women's race. Sarah Zerzan (Sr., San Carlos, CA/Notre Dame HS), the defending NCAA Division III national champion from Willamette, did not compete this weekend.

Willamette won the women's team title with a score of 24. Whitworth claimed second place with a score of 57 and Team GFR (Gallagher Fitness Resources), a club team from Salem, Ore., was third at 82. A split squad from Oregon State University finished fourth with a score of 83. Pacific University entered three runners in the women's race, but did not have a complete team.

In the men's race, Batch completed the 7,085-meter course in 22:18.63. Second place went to Willamette's Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (Jr., Juneau,AK/Juneau-Douglas HS), who clocked in at 22:26.06. Nick Gallagher of Whitworth took third place with a time of 22:28.15.

WU swept the next three places. Lucas May (So., Portland, OR/Franklin HS) was fourth in 22:30.06 and Taylor Roholt (So., Albuquerque, NM/Sandia Prep) was fifth at 22:43.75. Lucas Nebert (Sr., Cincinnati, OH/Wyoming HS) achieved sixth place, as he crossed the finish line in 22:53.56.

Five more Willamette runners concluded the race by placing in the top 14. Kellen Peters (Jr., Forest Grove, OR/Pacific University) placed ninth with a time of 23:10.89. Josh Clough (Jr., Auburn, WA/Auburn Riverside HS) was 10th at 23:12.79, Steven Millard (Sr., Port Orchard, WA/South Kitsap HS) was 11th at 23:14.32, Kyle Kotaich (So., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) was 12th at 23:23.85 and Matt Parker (Fr., Portland, OR/Lincoln HS) was 14th at 23:34.69. There were a total of 43 runners in the men's race.

The Bearcats won the men's team championship with a score of 18. Whitworth placed second with a score of 41 and Pacific was third at 85.

Willamette's next action is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Northwest Conference Preview, hosted by George Fox University at the Willamette Mission State Park. The meet is set to begin at 10 a.m. (PDT).

WU Grass Course - Final Results

Junior Maddie Coffman wins the inaugural Willamette Grass Course race.

Junior Maddie Coffman wins the inaugural Willamette Grass Course race.