Schaaf Repeats As Pac-10 Athlete Of The Year
Dec. 2, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The honors continue to pour in for Husky distance star Kendra Schaaf, as the sophomore was named Pac-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year for the second-consecutive season it was announced today by the conference office. Head Coach Greg Metcalf earned his second-straight women's Coach of the Year honor and five Washington runners earned spots on the All-Pac-10 Team.
Schaaf is now one of just five women to ever earn multiple Pac-10 Athlete of the Year honors on the women's side. The Craven, Saskatchewan native finished first or second in all six of her races this season, culminating in a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships which led the Huskies to third-place, highest of any Pac-10 team. Schaaf got the win at the NCAA West Regional Championship, as well as the Notre Dame Invitational and Sundodger Invitational. She placed second at Pre-Nationals to the eventual NCAA Champion, and was second at the Pac-10 Championships, where concern over a possible injury caused her to lose a large lead.
Schaaf was previously named the West Region Athlete of the Year as well as one of four finalists for the Honda Award given to the sport's top athlete. She is the only Husky ever to earn Pac-10 Athlete of the Year honors. Her stellar season continued this past weekend when she won the Canadian National Cross Country Championships, adding her first senior national title to her two junior titles.
Metcalf, now in his 13th season heading up the program, earns his second Coach of the Year honor and second consecutive. The Washington women won five of their six meets this season and 11 in a row dating back to 2008 before settling for third at Nationals. The Huskies are now two-time defending champions at Pac-10s and West Regionals and had four All-Americans.
The Pac-10 Conference awards are decided by a vote of head coaches, however the All-Pac-10 teams are based strictly on the results of the conference meet.
In addition to Schaaf, the seven-member All-Pac-10 First Team also included junior Mel Lawrence (Reno, Nev.) and sophomore Christine Babcock (Irvine, Calif.). Lawrence and Babcock finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at the conference meet, and both went on to earn their second All-America honors at the NCAA Championships with top-40 finishes.
Senior Katie Follett (Fort Collins, Colo.) made the Second Team after finishing eighth at Pac-10s, though she was the third-highest finishing Pac-10 runner at the NCAA Championships, placing 23rd to earn her third All-America honor.
Washington's men were represented by senior Kelly Spady, who made his first career All-Pac-10 squad in his final season, earning a spot on the Second Team with a 10th-place finish at the conference meet. Spady was UW's top finisher at NCAAs as well, placing 65th to lead the Huskies to 18th.
All of the Husky cross country standouts will now head inside the Dempsey Indoor facility for the 2010 indoor track & field season, which begins January 16 with the UW Indoor Preview.