Coffman is Selected Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior runner Maddie Coffman (Boise, ID/Boise HS) has been chosen as a Second Team selection on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Team, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

In addition to achieving outstanding success in the classroom, Coffman earned NCAA All-America status two seasons in cross country and one season in track and field.

Coffman, who graduated this spring, majored in Biology. She achieved a 3.79 grade point average through the Fall 2008 semester.

She won Northwest Conference titles in the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run in track and field this spring, and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 1,500 and the 5,000-meter run. She placed fourth in the finals of the 1,500 with a Willamette record time of 4:30.58, as she claimed All-America honors. Later on the same day, she placed 14th in the 5,000. In 2007, she finished ninth in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Championships.

In the fall of 2008 Coffman placed fourth at the NCAA Division III National Championships in cross country with a time of 21:05.97. She also won individual West Region and NWC titles during the cross country season. She placed 11th at the NCAA Championships in 2007. Coffman earned All-America honors in cross country in 2007 and 2008.

CoSIDA District VIII includes colleges and universities in the western United States. Players nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team were starters or key reserves with cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (4.0 scale). Each athlete was at her current college or university for at least one academic year.

The College Division includes athletes in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA. Willamette is a member of NCAA Division III and competes in the Northwest Conference.

Maddie Coffman earned Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors.

Maddie Coffman earned Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors.