Friday, November 28, 2008

Kendra Schaaf to defend Canadian junior harrier title...

University of Washington freshman Kendra Schaaf, fresh off a twelfth place finish in Monday’s NCAA cross country championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, will defend her junior national championship Saturday at the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Guelph, Ontario, beginning at noon, local time.

Schaaf will run for her club in Saskatchewan, the Queen City Striders. She’ll compete against a field which includes last year’s runner-up, Lindsay Carson of Cambridge, Ontario.

Schaaf won this year’s NACAC cross country title in Orlando, Florida, then followed it up with a 20th place finish at the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. She won the Pac-10 cross country championship on October 31st, helping the Huskies score the first perfect score of 15 points in conference history.

Courtesy of media partner Flotrack, here's an interview with Kendra and club teammate Simon Bairu, the former University of Wisconsin standout now training in the Portland area with college coach Jerry Schumacher and the Nike Oregon Project.

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