Mattox is Chosen for Jean Williams Award as Top Senior Female Athlete

All-America in Cross Country; Will Run in Steeple and 5,000 at NCAA Track Championships

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University cross country and track and field athlete Kimber Mattox (Bend, OR/Bend HS/Cornell Univ.) has received the Jean Williams Award for 2010-11. Mattox placed 35th at the NCAA Division III National Championships in cross country this past fall to earn All-America honors. She will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Track and Field Championships later this week.

The Williams Award is presented annually by the Willamette University Athletics Department to a graduating senior female student-athlete who has developed and demonstrated strong leadership skills and outstanding athleticism, while maintaining a high rank of scholarship during her collegiate career. Mattox recently graduated, but has junior eligibility in track and field and is a sophomore in cross country.

As an Exercise Science major, Mattox achieved a 3.844 cumulative grade point average. She was chosen First Team Academic All-District VIII by the College Sports Information Directors of America in 2009-10. She recently was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

She also received All-Academic recognition from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) during the 2009 and 2010 cross country seasons and in 2009 and 2010 in track and field. She has met the requirements for All-Academic status in track and field again this spring. 

In order to be named All-Academic by the USTFCCCA, a student-athlete must achieve at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average while placing in the top 35 at an NCAA cross country regional meet or achieving an NCAA national qualifying mark during the track and field season.

At the 2010 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, Mattox claimed All-America honors by completing the 6-kilometer course in a personal record time of 21:46.7. Earlier in the fall, she won the Northwest Conference women's individual cross country title and placed seventh at the NCAA West Regional.

Her career-best time at the NCAA cross country meet moved her into sixth place on WU's all-time list for 6-kilometer races. She finished seventh all-time at WU in the 5-kilometer cross country distance. She was All-West Region and First Team All-NWC in cross country in both 2009 and 2010.

This spring, Mattox registered NCAA qualifying times in three events. She was an automatic qualifier in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 1,500-meter run. She also attained a provisional qualifying time in the 5,000-meter run.

In the steeplechase, Mattox earned a time of 10:23.34 at the Mt. SAC Relays that set a WU record and ranked first in the nation in NCAA Division III this year. It was the seventh fastest time ever recorded by a Division III athlete in the women's steeplechase.

Mattox set a Willamette record of 4:28.11 in the 1,500-meter run at this year's West Coast Invitational on May 14 at the Charles Bowles Track. She will not compete in the 1,500 at the NCAA Championships in order to be adequately rested for the steeplechase and the 5,000.

She will be competing at the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season in track and field. She received All-America honors by placing sixth in the steeplechase in 2009. She took 12th in the 5,000-meter run in 2009 and was ninth in the steeplechase in 2010.

During the 2011 Northwest Conference Track and Field Championships, she won the 1,500-meter run, the 5,000-meter run and the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She was chosen as the Women's Track Athlete of the Meet for the second time.

She also was the Athlete of the Meet in 2009, when she won the 5,000 and the steeplechase, while placing third in the 1,500. In 2010, she won the 1,500 and the steeplechase to go with a third place finish in the 5,000.

Overall, Mattox has won seven NWC Championships in track and field. She has earned All-Conference honors nine times on the track.

Mattox also has excelled in community service.

She was a volunteer intern for Healthy Beginnings, as she assisted with developmental health screenings for children. She was a camp director for the Campfire USA Summerkids, was an independent fund raiser for Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Ore., and was the treasurer of the Willamette chapter of Mortar Board.

Kimber Mattox was chosen as the Jean Williams Award winner for 2010-11.

Kimber Mattox was chosen as the Jean Williams Award winner for 2010-11.