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Kendra Schaaf
Kendra Schaaf

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Craven, Saskatchewan

High School:
Lumsden

Experience:
1V

2009: Managed to improve upon her outstanding freshman season, repeating as the Pac-10 Athlete of the Year and placing 2nd at the NCAA Championships to match the best finish ever by a Husky ... at NCAAs, battled Illinois' Angela Bizzarri down the final stretch for the individual national crown, falling just short to the senior in a final time of 19:51 ... her runner-up finish earned her second All-America honor and matched Regina Joyce's No. 2 finish in 1980 as the best in UW history ... named one of four finalists for the Honda Award for the top athlete in the sport ... nominated as a 2009 Seattle Sports Star of the Year ... finished first or second in every race of the year, leading the Huskies in every race, as UW won Pac-10, Regional, and Pre-National titles and placed third at NCAAs ... now one of just five women to earn multiple Pac-10 Athlete of the Year honors ... won her first NCAA West Regional title and the first ever for a Husky in 20:41 ... less than a week after her NCAA run, traveled to Guelph, Ontario and captured the Canadian National Cross Country Championship in her first time running in the senior division ... opened up a big lead at Pac-10s, but concern about a potential injury caused her to drop back to fifth, however she rallied back to take second and help UW defend its title, also earning All-Pac-10 First Team honors again ... was the runner-up at the Pre-National White Race, again behind only Bizzarri of Illinois, as UW earned the win ... led a Washington sweep of the top four spots at the Notre Dame Invitational ... started her season with a big win at the Sundodger Invite, running 19:49 to lower her course record by nine seconds ... a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

2008-09: One of the best individual seasons in Washington history for the freshman phenom ... named the Pac-10 Conference Athlete of the Year and led the Huskies to the school's first NCAA Championship ... placed 12th at the NCAA Championships, earning All-American honors ... won the Pac-10 individual championship, smashing the conference meet record and Springfield Country Club course record in a time of 19:24 that was nearly 30 seconds ahead of teammate Mel Lawrence in second-place ... became UW's first Pac-10 cross country champ since Regina Joyce in 1982, and led the team to a perfect score ... led the Huskies to their first ever win at Pre-Nationals, placing third overall ... won the individual title at the Tiger Invitational, covering the 5,000-meters in a blistering 15:46 ... won her first collegiate outing at the Sundodger Invitational, running 19:58 to become the first woman to break 20-minutes at Lincoln Park ... just five days after the NCAA meet, she successfully defended her Canadian Junior Cross Country National Championship in Guelph, Ontario, winning by 13 seconds ... (Track): Redshirted the season to preserve a year of eligibility ... competed once unattached, winning the 1,500-meters at the Ken Shannon Invite in a time of 4:23.55 that would have been a Regional qualifier ... had a busy summer running mostly in Canada ... won the Canadian Junior National Championship at 1,500-meters by nearly four seconds in a meet-record 4:20.50, and then gapped the field by 40 seconds to win the 3,000-meter title in another meet record time of 9:14.62 ... also competed at the Canadian Senior Nationals, taking second in the 5,000-meters in a PR of 15:52.74, which would have ranked 5th in school history.

High School and Personal: Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada ... parents are Gale and Brian Schaaf ... has one older brother, Jared ... competed for the Queen City Striders Track Club ... Canada's top junior distance runner in 2008 ... won the Canadian Junior Cross Country Championships in 2007 ... placed 20th overall at the 2008 World Junior Cross Country Championships in Scotland, the top finisher for Team Canada ... placed 7th in the 5000-meters at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Poland, and finished 13th in the 1500-meters ... won the junior women's 4K at the 2008 NACAC Cross Country Championships, leading Canada to the title over the U.S. ... swept provincial titles her junior and senior years, winning the cross country titles as well as winning the 800m, 1500m, and 3000m runs on the track both years, setting numerous provincial records ... finished 2nd in the 5K at the Victoria International Track Classic, running a personal-best of 16:05 ... won the 1500m at the Harry Jerome meet in 4:20, a personal best ... was 3rd in the 3K at 2008 Canadian Junior Nationals, and 4th in the 1500m ... interested in environmental engineering.

Major Meets
2007 Canada Jr. XC - 1st
2008 NACAC Jr. XC - 1st (1st Canada)
2008 World Jr. XC - 20th (1st Canada)
2008 Canada Jr. TF - 4th, 3000m; 3rd, 1500m
2008 World Jr. TF - 13th, 1500m; 7th, 5000m
2008 Pac-10 XC - 1st (1st UW)
2008 NCAA XC - 12th (1st UW)*
2008 Canada Jr. XC - 1st
2009 Canada TF Champs - 2nd, 5000m
2009 Canada Jr. TF - 1st, 1500m; 1st, 3000m
2009 Pac-10 XC - 2nd (1st UW)
2009 Regional XC - 1st (1st UW)
2009 NCAA XC - 2nd (1st UW)*
2009 Canada XC Champs - 1st

* - Indicates All-America Honor Won

Personal Best Marks
1500m.......4:18.61
3000m.......9:14.62
5000m.......15:52.74

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