Coffman Named West Region Women's Athlete of the Year

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University cross country runner Maddie Coffman (Sr., Boise, ID/Boise HS), who won the Northwest Conference and NCAA West Region women's individual championships this fall, has been chosen West Region Women's Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Coffman and her Willamette teammates will be running at the NCAA Division III National Championships this weekend (Saturday, Nov. 22) at the L.S. Ayres Complex in Hanover, Ind. Last year, Coffman placed 11th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 21:43.

This year, she helped the WU women's team win the NWC Championship with a score of 42. Coffman achieved the NWC individual title with a time of 21:31.27 over the 6-kilometer course. The race was held at the Veterans Memorial Golf Course in Walla Walla, Wash., on Nov. 1.

Coffman won the West Region title with a time of 21:26.99 for 6 kilometers to claim victory by 6.58 seconds over Mikayla Murphy from the University of California-Santa Cruz. Coffman helped Willamette's women place third in the team standings. WU hosted the West Region Championships at Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, Ore. The Bearcats received an at-large bid to the National Championships.

Maddie Coffman won the NWC title and the NCAA West Region championship.

Maddie Coffman won the NWC title and the NCAA West Region championship.