Coffman Places Fourth at National Championships, Earns All-America Honors

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

HANOVER, IND. -- Maddie Coffman (Sr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) finished in fourth place out of 279 runners at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships at the L.S. Ayres Complex in Hanover, Ind. Coffman earned All-America honors for the second year in a row. She placed 11th at the 2007 National Championships.

Coffman's fourth place finish in 21:05.97 over the 6-kilometer course helped the Willamette women achieve 15th place in the team standings. West Region foes Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (20th) and Pomona-Pitzer (22nd) also raced full teams.

Middlebury College (Vt.) won the women's team championship with a score of 179. Marie Borner of Bethel University (Minn.) claimed the individual women's title with a time of 20:43.91.

Jena Winger (Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) of Willamette took 76th place with a time of 22:13.99. Tina Patel (So., Bend, OR/Summit HS) earned a time of 22:41.16 and placed 130th.

The Willamette men's team placed 27th overall, two spots above the team's national ranking and ahead of the other West Region Teams. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (30th) and Whitworth University (31st) also qualified men's teams to compete at the National Championships

WU's top finisher for the men was Josh Clough (Sr., Auburn, WA/Auburn Riverside HS). Clough placed 120th in the field of 278 runners after completing the 8-kilometer course in 25:43.60.

Leo Castillo (Fr., Parkdale, OR/Hood River Valley HS) of Willamette registered a time of 25:56.21 and was 159th. Kyle Kotaich (Jr., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) crossed the finish line about two seconds later than Castillo and placed 165th in a time of 25:58.26.

Cortland State (N.Y.) earned the mens' team championship with a score of 80. The individual men's title went to Peter Kosgei of Hamilton College (N.Y.) with a time of 24:22.03 and a margin of victory of 10.64 seconds.

RESULTS
NCAA National Championships
L.S. Ayres Complex
Hanover, Ind.
Maddie Coffman of Willamette earned All-America honors for the second year in a row after placing fourth at the NCAA Championships.

Maddie Coffman of Willamette earned All-America honors for the second year in a row after placing fourth at the NCAA Championships.