"Kendra Schaaf, the antidote for our loss-infested sports province, is trembling. Her knees shake constantly, like china during an earthquake. She fidgets with her hair, makes friction with her hands, rubs her elbow.
For the first time in her remarkable freshman season, the Washington cross-country star is truly uncomfortable. She has encountered the one foe she cannot outrun — attention.
A one-on-one interview makes Schaaf more nervous than a vegan at a bacon convention. Asked why, she shrugs and offers, "I don't know. I don't want to be in the spotlight. Growing up, I was taught to stay humble. I'd rather just be low key. It's less pressure."
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