Nov. 19, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - Husky cross country sophomore Kendra Schaaf has been named the West Region Women's Athlete of the Year, and head coach Greg Metcalf earned West Region Women's Coach of the Year honors as selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Schaaf became Washington's first NCAA West Region Champion since Regina Joyce in 1980 with an 11-second win last Saturday at Oregon's Springfield Country Club. The Craven, Saskatchewan native accelerated away from the field over the final thousand meters and finished the 6,000-meter course in 20-minutes, 41-seconds. It was her first run at Regionals after she rested during the meet as a freshman.
Schaaf has finished first or second in every race she's run this year, winning the Sundodger Invitational, Notre Dame Invitational, and West Regional meet, and taking second at the Pre-Nationals and Pac-10 Championships. She is the first Husky ever named West Region Athlete of the Year.
Metcalf earns the Regional coaching distinction for the second year in a row. The Husky women are undefeated over the past two years, a stretch of 11-straight races, and easily won the West Region Championships with a score of 25 points, well ahead of 5th-ranked Oregon's 66 points. Washington is the top-ranked team in the nation heading to the NCAA Championships next Monday, Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, Indiana, where they will look to defend their national title.