Coffman, Lewis and Edholm Earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Honors

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University has placed three student-athletes on the First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII College Division Women's Cross Country and Track and Field Team, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Willamette's selections were senior Maddie Coffman (Boise, ID/Boise HS), senior Molly Lewis (Fox Island, WA/Gig Harbor HS) and junior Christina Edholm (Pleasanton, CA/Foothill HS).

Athletes named First Team All-District are eligible for the ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America Team. The list of All-America selections is scheduled to be released on Friday, June 19.

Coffman competed in cross country and track and field. Last fall, she 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 Northwest Conference titles during the cross country season. She placed 11th at the NCAA Championships in 2007. Coffman earned All-America honors twice in cross country.

She won NWC titles in the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run 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. Later on the same day, she placed 14th in the 5,000. In 2007, she finished ninth in the 1,500 in Division III.

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

Lewis participated in cross country during the fall and graduated in December of 2008. She majored in Spanish and achieved a 3.99 cumulative GPA. Lewis was named All-West Region in 2007, when she placed 21st in the Region, and in 2008,when she took 18th place. She was 14th at the NWC Championships this past fall to earn Second Team All-NWC honors.

She was a scoring runner toward Willamette's team total at the 2008 West Regional and was the fourth finisher for the Bearcats at the 2008 NCAA Championships. She helped WU take 15th place in Division III.

In track and field, Lewis placed fourth in the pole vault at the NWC Championships in 2007. She cleared 10'0" for the Bearcats.

Edholm was a key thrower for the WU women's track and field team this spring in the shot put, discus and hammer. She earned Northwest Conference titles in the shot put in 2008 at 37'7.25" and in 2009 at 39'5.25". She also placed fourth in the discus and fifth in the hammer at the 2009 NWC Championships.

She helped Willamette win its eighth consecutive NWC women's team title in track and field this spring. The Bearcats claimed the championship with 196.5 points for a margin of victory of 46.5 points.

In 2008, Edholm not only won the NWC shot put title, but also earned a fifth place finish in the discus and placed eighth in the hammer. She was fifth in the NWC in the discus as a freshman in 2007. She ranks fourth on WU's all-time list in the hammer throw with a top distance of 137'2" and is 10th all-time in the shot put.

Edholm is a double major in Mathematics and Physics. She owned a 3.76 GPA at the end of the Fall 2008 semester.

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 placed fourth in NCAA Division III in cross country and also took fourth in the NCAA in the 1,500-meter run in track and field.

Maddie Coffman placed fourth in NCAA Division III in cross country and also took fourth in the NCAA in the 1,500-meter run in track and field.

Molly Lewis was named Second Team All-NWC in cross country in 2008.

Molly Lewis was named Second Team All-NWC in cross country in 2008.

Christina Edholm won the NWC shot put title in 2008 and 2009.

Christina Edholm won the NWC shot put title in 2008 and 2009.