Coffman Receives Student-Athlete of the Week Honor

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University cross country runner Maddie Coffman (Sr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) has been named Northwest Conference Women’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week. Coffman’s performance at the Mike Hodges Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18, earned her the award. It was the third time this year that she has been chosen as the Student-Athlete of the Week.

Coffman ran a personal-best time of 17:18:68 to take third place in the 5-kilometer women’s race. She trailed only two runners, both from the University of Oregon. Her time moved her into second on Willamette’s list of Top 10 runners in the 5K. She trails only Sarah Zerzan, who recorded a time of 16:49.4 in 2006.

In addition to her recent third place finish, Coffman has captured two other first place finishes this season. She won the Willamette Grass Course with a time of 18:04 for 5K, beating the next closest finisher by 17 seconds. She also won the Charles Bowles Invitational, edging second place finisher Mikayla Murphy from the University of California-Santa Cruz by just over three seconds. Coffman completed the 5K course in 17:37.53.

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. A limited number of Bearcats will compete in the Beaver Classic in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Beaver Classic is set to begin at 9:45 a.m. (PDT).

Maddie Coffman moved into second on WU's Top 10 list in the 5K with a time of 17:18.68 at the Mike Hodges Invitational.

Maddie Coffman moved into second on WU's Top 10 list in the 5K with a time of 17:18.68 at the Mike Hodges Invitational.