Mattox Finishes Ninth in 5,000-Meter Run at NCAA Championships

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

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Kimber Mattox (Jr., Bend, OR/Bend HS/Cornell Univ.) from Willamette University placed ninth in the women's 5,000-meter run during the final day of the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, May 28.

Mattox earned a time of 17:29.53 in the 5,000-meter run despite competing less than 24 hours after taking second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:26.79 on Friday night.

Jennifer Gossels from Williams College (Mass.) won the 5,000 with a time of 17:06.76 for a narrow victory over Annie Lydens of Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.), who took second in 17:07.13. Third place went to Amanda Laesch from North Central College as she reached the finish line in 17:08.24.

Gossels won two NCAA titles this week. She also took first place in the 10,000-meter run on Thursday, May 26 with a time of 35:11.67.

It was the third trip for Mattox to the NCAA Championships in as many seasons. She placed sixth in the steeplechase and was 12th in the 5,000 in 2009. In 2010, she took ninth place in the steeplechase.

Mattox has achieved All-America honors twice in track and field and once in cross country. She registered All-America status in the steeplechase in 2009 and 2011. She earned All-America recognition in cross country by taking 35th place at the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships this past fall.

Also competing for Willamette at the 2011 NCAA Championships this week were Evin Colignon (Sr., Poulsbo, WA/Charles Wright Academy), Leo Castillo (Jr., Parkdale, OR/Hood River Valley HS), Brandi Miller (Jr., Grants Pass, OR/North Valley HS), David Oppat (Sr., Beaverton, OR/Southridge HS) and Stefan Redfield (Sr., Sisters, OR/Sisters HS).

Colignon attained All-America honors by taking fifth place in the decathlon with a personal record score of 6,614 points. His score moved him up one spot into sixth on Willamette's all-time list.

Castillo finished in 15th place in the men's 10,000-meter run with a time of 32:11.18. Miller earned 18th place in the heptathlon with an overall score of 4,291 points. It was the second-highest score of her career.

Oppat placed 18th in the men's shot put with a throw of 50' 5.25". Redfield was 13th in the men's 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:58.10, as he placed sixth in the first of two heats, while narrowly missing the finals.

The women's team title was won by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with 80 points. Wartburg College (Iowa) was second with 59 points and Methodist College (N.C.) was third with 48 points.

North Central College (Ill.) claimed the men's team championship with 58 points for a two-point margin over the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, which took second place with 56 points. McMurry University (Texas) finished third with 50 points.

Kimber Mattox took ninth place in the women's 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Championships.

Kimber Mattox took ninth place in the women's 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Championships.