Coffman Wins Championship, Winger Places Second, as Willamette Claims NWC Women's Title

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

WALLA WALLA, WASH. -- Maddie Coffman (Sr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) of Willamette University won the women's individual title and teammate Jena Winger (Sr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) placed second, leading the Bearcats to the Northwest Conference Women's Cross Country Championship with a score of 42 points at the Veterans Memorial Golf Course. It was Willamette's seventh consecutive NWC women's cross country title. Whitman College and Whitworth University tied for second place.

Coffman won the 6-kilometer race in 21:31.27. Winger took second in 21:36.93. Marci Klimek of Linfield College placed third at 21:40.85 and Kelsey Owens of Pacific University was fourth at 21:53.48.

Willamette completed its team score with solid results from Tina Patel (So., Bend, OR/Summit HS), Molly Lewis (Jr., Fox Island, WA/Gig Harbor HS) and Edith Polanco (Sr., Salem, OR/McKay HS). Patel achieved a ninth place finish with a time of 22:32.86. Lewis took 14th place after clocking in at 22:42.48. Polanco was 16th and registered a time of 22:52.59.

The top 14 runners earned All-Conference honors. For Willamette, Coffman and Winger received First Team All-NWC recognition, while Patel and Lewis were Second Team All-NWC.

Willamette's team score of 42 gave the Bearcat women a margin of victory of 35 points. Whitman and Whitworth each finished with 77 points. Following the tie for second, the remaining finishes were Lewis & Clark in fourth at 100, Linfield in fifth at 131, the University of Puget Sound in sixth at 142, Pacific in seventh at 170 and Pacific Lutheran University in eighth at 202. George Fox University did not field a full team.

Whitworth University won the men's team title, led by Nick Gallagher in second place, Dusty Caseria in fourth, Aaron Jenkins in sixth and Emmanuel Bofa in 10th. The Pirates scored 43 points to end Willamette's string of seven consecutive NWC titles. The Bearcats took second place with a score of 51. Lewis & Clark was third after recording a score of 71.

Fourth place in the men's competition went to Linfield with 104 points. Puget Sound was fifth at 149, Whitman was sixth at 153, Pacific Lutheran took seventh at 189, George Fox was eighth at 242 and Pacific was ninth at 245.

Francis Reynolds from Puget Sound won the men's race by 51.5 seconds with a time of 24:35.24 over the 8-kilometer course. Gallagher placed second with a time of 25:26.74. Shawn Fisher of Linfeld took third place at 25:30.70 and Caseria was fourth at 25:39.58

Willamette's top finisher in the men's race was Josh Clough (Sr., Auburn, WA/Auburn Riverside HS), who took fifth place in 25:45.01. Kyle Kotaich (Jr., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) of Willamette was eighth at 25:50.81.

Also contributing to Willamette's team score were Ryan McLaughlin (So., Milwaukie, OR/Milwaukie HS) in ninth place, Leo Castillo (Fr., Parkdale, OR/Hood River Valley HS) in 13th place and Stefan Redfield (So., Sisters, OR/sisters HS) in 16th place. McLaughlin recorded a time of 25:52.18, while Castillo finished in 25:54.34 and Redfield completed the race in 25:55.84. Approximately five seconds separated eighth place and 16th place.

Clough achieved First Team All-NWC status. Kotaich, McLaughlin and Castillo received Second Team All-NWC honors.

Willamette will compete again on Saturday, Nov. 15, when the Bearcats host the NCAA Division III West Region Championships at Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, Ore. The action in scheduled to start at 10 a.m. (PST).

COMPLETE MEN'S RESULTS
NWC Championship
Veterans Memorial Golf Course
Walla Walla, Wash.
COMPLETE WOMEN'S RESULTS
NWC Championship
Veterans Memorial Golf Course
Walla Walla, Wash.
Senior Maddie Coffman captured her first individual Northwest Conference Cross Country Championship.

Senior Maddie Coffman captured her first individual Northwest Conference Cross Country Championship.

Josh Clough finished in fifth place at the NWC Championships.

Josh Clough finished in fifth place at the NWC Championships.