"Surrounded by her teammates under a white tent on a cold fall day last year, Anita Campbell knew she should feel some pride in Washington's eighth-place finish at the NCAA cross country championships, the best placing in school history.
But all she felt was frustration, the same as close friend Katie Follett, who finished 20th, one spot behind Campbell, both of them earning All-America honors.
"All we kept thinking when we were done was, 'What if someone [a UW teammate] had been right behind us?' " Campbell said. "It was definitely somber and we knew we could do better."
Campbell had to rebound from a stress fracture in her right tibia, which slowed her times her junior season. While Campbell recovered, assistant coach Kelly Strong took the recruiting lead, helping bring in Metcalf's best recruiting class."
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