Nov. 29, 2009
GUELPH, Ontario - Husky sophomore Kendra Schaaf completed quite a week today, as she followed her NCAA cross country runner-up finish with a victory at the Canadian Cross Country Championships held at the University of Guelph Arboretum in Ontario. Washington senior Anita Campbell also placed fourth.
Schaaf, a Craven, Saskatchewan native, won the Canadian junior title each of the past two years, but this was her first time running in the senior division against her nation's very best competitors. She and Campbell, a Vancouver, B.C. native, will both now have a spot on Canada's National Team that will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on March 28, 2010 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Schaaf ran in a trio up front along with Megan Metcalfe and Megan Brown early but broke away late in the race and finished the seven kilometer course in 23-minutes, 21-seconds. Metcalfe was a 2008 Olympic Finalist in the 5,000-meters, and won the 2005 NCAA 5k title competing for West Virginia, while Brown is the Canadian University Champion, but neither could keep pace with Schaaf on Saturday.
Campbell, a senior on last year's national champion cross country squad, still has a year of outdoor track eligibility coming up this spring. She placed third in the 10,000-meters at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships, earning All-America honors.