Coffman Sets School Record of 4:30.58, Finishes Fourth in NCAA 1,500-Meter Run

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

MARIETTA, OHIO -- Maddie Coffman (Jr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) set a Willamette University record with a time of 4:30.58, as she finished fourth in the 1,500-meter run at the 2009 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Marietta College on Saturday, May 23. Marie Borner from Bethel University (Minn.) won the 1,500 with a Don Drumm Stadium record time of 4:27.41.

Coffman broke the previous WU record of 4:31.52, set by Sarah Zerzan in 2007. In the process, Coffman added track and field All-America status to her list of career accomplishments. She earned All-America honors in cross country by placing 11th at the NCAA Championships in 2007 and by taking fourth place in 2008. Coffman's previous top time in the 1,500 was 4:32.99 in 2007.

Also on Saturday, Coffman was one of three Willamette runners to compete in the 5,000-meter run. Kimber Mattox (Fr., Bend, OR/Bend HS/Cornell Univ.) took 12th place with a time of 17:44.12. Coffman finished 14th in 18:16.05 and Jena Winger (Sr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) placed 15th in 18:28.78. Ayla Mitchell from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the 5,000 in 17:14.52.

Three Bearcats achieved All-America honors during the NCAA Championships. In addition to Coffman, WU's other All-America performers were Grant Piros (Sr., Newberg, OR/Newberg HS), who took seventh place in the javelin with a throw of 195'2" on Thursday, and Mattox, who finished sixth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:41.32 on Friday.

MEN'S RESULTS
NCAA Division III Track & Field
National Championships
At Marietta College (Ohio)
May 21-23, 2009
WOMEN'S RESULTS
NCAA Division III Track & Field
National Championships
At Marietta College (Ohio)
May 21-23, 2009
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Maddie Coffman set  a school record and took fourth in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Championships in 4:30.58.

Maddie Coffman set a school record and took fourth in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Championships in 4:30.58.