Coffman Places Third at Mike Hodges Invitational

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

OREGON CITY, ORE. -- Senior runner Maddie Coffman (Boise, ID/Boise HS) finished third in the women's 5-kilometer race to lead the Willamette University cross country teams at the Mike Hodges Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18. Coffman completed the course in a personal-best time of 17:18.68.

The University of Oregon took four of the top five places and six of the top 10 to win the women's team title with a score of 21. WU earned fourth place in the women's standings with a score of 101. The University of Portland was second at 52 and Oregon State University was third at 75. Lane Community College placed fifth with a score of 178. There were nine collegiate teams and one club team in the women's race.

Coffman's time ranks second on Willamette's Top 10 list for the 5K and was her personal best by just under 19 seconds. Coffman's previous top time was 17:37.53, set earlier this year at the Charles Bowles Invitational. Willamette's leader on the Top 10 list is Sarah Zerzan '08 (San Carlos, CA/Notre Dame HS), who ran a 16:49.4 in 2006.

Jena Winger (Sr., Bonney Lake, WA/Summer HS) achieved 16th place for WU in the women's race. Her time was 18:05.59, just 10 seconds off her personal best. Molly Lewis (Jr., Fox Island, WA/Gig Harbor HS), also from Willamette, placed 34th after clocking in at 18:53.13.

The individual women's champion was Lindsey Scherf from the University of Oregon, with a time of 17:04.39. Second place went to Joe Buckman from Oregon, who completed the course in 17:14.62.

In the men's 4-mile race, Josh Clough (Sr., Auburn, WA/Auburn Riverside HS) was WU's top finisher in 14th place with a time of 19:39.29. Olympic competitor Andrew Wheating from the University of Oregon won the men's race in 19:39.29.

U of O also won the men's team title. The Ducks earned a perfect score of 15, with only an unattached runner in second place preventing U of O form sweeping of the top five places overall. Southern Oregon University was second with a score of 59. Willamette finished in third place at 87, while the University of Portland was fourth at 95 and the U of O Running Club was fifth at 177. A total of 11 collegiate teams and one club team competed in the men's race.

Wheating claimed the men's individual title by 0.34 seconds. Matthew Centrowitz, running unattached, was second in 19:39.63. Chris Winter from Oregon was third with a time of 19:41.68.

Clough's 14th place finish led eight Willamette runners among the men's top 30 finishers. Kyle Kotaich (Jr., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) was 19th, as he completed the race in 20:36.93. Nick Rebol (So., Cottonwood, CA/Red Bluff Union HS) in 20th at 20:37.77, and Ryan McLaughlin (So., Milwaukie, OR/Milwaukie HS) in 21st at 20:38.58 followed closely behind Kotaich.

Four more Bearcats finished close together to complete WU's list of top 30 results. Stefan Redfield (So., Sister, OR/Sisters HS) was 25th in 20:47.27. Alex Jimenez (Sr., Parkdale, OR/Hood River Valley HS) was 27th in 20:54.25, while Kyle Jackson (Fr., Springfield, OR/Maris HS) placed 28th at 20:54.91 and Chris Platano (Jr., Myrtle Point, OR/Myrtle Point HS) took 29th at 20:58.38.

A total of 246 runners participated in the Mike Hodges Invitational. There were 125 athletes in the women's race and 121 competitors in the men's race.

Willamette's next action will involve a limited number of Bearcats at the Beaver Classic at Oregon State University on Saturday, Oct. 25. Many of WU's runners will now focus on the Northwest Conference Championships, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1 at Fort Walla Walla Park in Walla Walla, Wash.

Mike Hodges Invitational
Hosted by Clackamas CC
Senior Maddie Coffman placed third at the Mike Hodges Invitational.

Senior Maddie Coffman placed third at the Mike Hodges Invitational.