Mattox is Chosen West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University's Kimber Mattox (Fr., Bend, OR/Bend HS/Cornell Univ.) has been selected as the 2009 West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year for NCAA Division III, as chosen by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Mattox, who won an OSAA State Championship in cross country at Bend High School in Oregon in 2004, had been out of competitive running for several years and was in her first season as a track and field athlete.

Mattox recorded a school record and an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 10:38.05 to win the Northwest Conference title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on April 25. She also won the 5,000-meter run at the NWC Championships, as she clocked in with a time of 17:48.32. Her efforts earned her NWC Female Athlete of the Meet honors.

During the season, she also attained NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 1,500-meter run (4:38.25) and the 5,000-meter run (17:12.63). She was selected to compete at the NCAA Championships in the steeplechase and the 5,000.

This afternoon (May 22), she placed sixth in NCAA Division III in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with the second-fastest time in school history at 10:41.32. She earned All-America status in the event. She will compete in the 5,000-meter run on the final day of the NCAA Championships tomorrow.

Kimber Mattox set the Willamette women's track and field record in the steeplechase earlier this season.

Kimber Mattox set the Willamette women's track and field record in the steeplechase earlier this season.