Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kendra Schaff & Jeshua Anderson compete at IAAF World Junior Championships...

Incoming University of Washington freshman Kendra Schaff (left, in red/photo by Paul Merca) and Washington State's NCAA champion at the 400 meter hurdles Jeshua Anderson bring their talents to the world stage, as they run in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The highly heralded Canadian junior champion, who enters the meet with a personal best of 16:05.16, runs in the women's 5000 meter finals Tuesday night.

Schaff, who finished 20th in the world junior cross country meet in March, will compete against a formidable field which includes two Ethiopian runners with personal bests under 15:10, led by Genzebe Dibaba, the reigning world junior cross country champion, and younger sister of Tirunesh Dibaba, the current world champion at 10000 meters, and world record holder in the 5000.

Anderson, who won the NCAA 400 hurdles title for Washington State in June, will have a potential matchup against South Carolina freshman Johnny Dutch, who finished fifth in the finals at the US Olympic Team Trials-Track & Field in Eugene, Oregon. The duo begin their quest for a world title on Wednesday, with the finals on Friday.

Anderson enters the world juniors with a personal best of 48.69, set in garnering the NCAA title, while Dutch's pr is 48.52, set in the finals of the Olympic Trials.

US national junior 1500 meter champion Nectaly Barbosa from Prosser, a freshman at Arizona State, opted not to make the trip to Poland with the junior squad.

For more information on the IAAF World Junior Championships, please visit the world junior championship home page at iaaf.org.

No comments:

Blog Archive