Coffman, Kotaich, Piros Earn NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Honors

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Three members of the Willamette University track and field teams have been selected for NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors as a result of their efforts at the Willamette Invitational on April 3-4. Maddie Coffman (Sr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) was chosen Women's Track Student-Athlete of the Week, Kyle Kotaich (Jr., Florence, OR/Siuslaw HS) was named Men's Track Student-Athlete of the Week, and Grant Piros (Sr., Newberg, OR/Newberg HS) was chosen Men's Field Student-Athlete of the Week.

Each of the three athletes produced an NCAA provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Division III Championships later this spring.

Coffman led three WU runners to provisional qualifying times in the women's 5,000-meter run. She placed third overall and was the top college finisher in the race with a time of 17:02.33. Her time was 32.67 seconds under the provisional standard of 17:35.

The time registered by Coffman at the WU Invitational ranked her first in NCAA Division III so far this season and moved her into second on Willamette's all-time Top 10 list. Also earning provisional times in the race were Jena Winger (Sr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) at 17:16.40 and Kimber Mattox (Fr., Bend, OR/Bend HS/Cornell Univ.) at 17:32.31.

Kotaich placed seventh in the men's 1,500-meter run with a provisional qualifying time of 3:54.79. He was the top NCAA Division III runner in the event. It was his career-best time in the 1,500.

Kotaich also took 18th place in 1:56.20 and was the second Northwest Conference athlete to finish the 800-meter run behind WU teammate Reid Gilbertson (Fr., Lake Elmo, MN/Stillwater HS). Gilbertson was seventh with a time of 1:54.53.

Piros improved his NCAA provisional mark in the javelin by placing fourth at the WU Invitational with a toss of 202'9". The throw was a personal record for Piros, surpassing his previous best of 202'4", set last year. He added eight feet to the provisional mark he recorded earlier this season at 194'9" on March 14 against Western Oregon.

The Willamette track and field teams will compete at the Pacific Northwest Relays in Oregon City, Ore., on Friday, April 10. The first event is set to begin at 4 p.m. (PDT).

Maddie Coffman earned an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 17:02.33 in the 5,000-meter run at the Willamette Invite.

Maddie Coffman earned an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 17:02.33 in the 5,000-meter run at the Willamette Invite.