Coffman Wins NCAA West Regional Championship

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Maddie Coffman (Sr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) led the way for Willamette University as she won the women’s 6-kilometer race at the NCAA Division III West Region Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Bush's Pasture Park in Salem, Ore.

Coffman completed the course with a time of 21:26.99 to win the women’s race by just under seven seconds. Mikayla Murphy from the University of California-Santa Cruz finished second with a time of 21:33.57.

Rounding out the top five runners on the women’s side were Alicia Freese of Pomona-Pitzer (21:54.56), Michele Callaway of Whittier College (22:02.39), and Kelsey Owens of Pacific University (22:02.92).

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which entered the meet ranked second in the Region behind Willamette, won the team title with 88 total points. C-M-S narrowly defeated Pomona-Pitzer, which took second place with 89 total points. Willamette finished third in the team results with a score of 104. Whitman and Whitworth finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Following Coffman, the next finisher for Willamette was Tina Patel (So.) who finished 16th with a time of 22:46.48. Molly Lewis (Jr.) captured 18th place with a time of 22:48.46. Also competing for the Bearcats were Edith Polanco (Sr.), Hannah Vietmeier (Jr.), Ali Maki (Sr.). They finished 31st, 38th, and 56th.

The Whitworth men, led by individual champion Nicholas Gallagher, captured the men’s title with 67 points. They were followed by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps with 83 points. The Willamette men’s team finished third with 87 points. Occidental and Pomona-Pitzer finished fourth and fifth.

Gallagher won the men’s race with a time of 25:01.25. He was followed by Francis Reynolds of Puget Sound (25:01.43). In third place was Florian Scheulen of Claremont-Mudd Scripps (25:05.09). Fourth place was captured by Eric Kleinsasser of Occidental with a time of 25:08.47. In fifth place was Torrey Olson of Pomona-Pitzer who completed the race in 25:11.72.

For Willamette, the top finisher was Josh Clough (Sr.), who finished 14th with a time of 25:36.60. Clough was followed by Kyle Kotaich (Jr.), who finished 15th with a time of 25:36.80. Also finishing in the top 20 was Stefan Redfield (So.), who completed the course in 25:39.66 to finish 19th.

Also competing for Willamette were Leo Castillo (Fr.), Ryan McLaughlin (So.) and Kyle Jackson (Fr.) who finished 22nd, 25th, and 34th.

Willamette, who had the advantage of running on its home course, was unable to continue their streak of six consecutive NCAA West Region championships in men's cross country and five consecutive West Region titles in women's cross country.

The top two men's teams and the top two women's squads from each of the eight Regionals are guaranteed to advance to nationals.Teams placing third through fifth at each Regional will be considered for the 16 at-large bids the NCAA will fill for the National Championships.

The top seven runners in each Regional who are not affiliated with one of the selected teams also advance to the National Championships, set for Nov. 22 at the Lloyd Ayres Complex in Hanover, Ind.

NCAA West Region Championship
Bush's Pasture Park
Salem, Ore.
Maddie Coffman won the NCAA Division III West Region women's championship with a time of 21:26.99 over the 6-kilometer course.

Maddie Coffman won the NCAA Division III West Region women's championship with a time of 21:26.99 over the 6-kilometer course.