Saturday, November 29, 2008

Schaaf defends Canadian junior cross country title...

University of Washington freshman Kendra Schaaf has successfully defended her Canadian junior cross country championship this morning in Guelph, Ontario.

Schaaf ran 17:24 for the 5-kilometer distance under cold but sunny skies, defeating her nearest competition by 12 seconds.

As a result of winning her second straight Canadian junior title, Schaaf is eligible to represent Canada at the NACAC Cross Country Championships, scheduled for early March in Orlando, Florida, and at the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships on March 28th in Amman, Jordan.

Schaaf is the reigning NACAC champion, and finished 20th at last year's world championships in Edinburgh, Scotland.

According to UW coach Greg Metcalf, the conditions in Guelph were 20 degrees warmer than last year, where the competitors traversed a sheet of ice.

The full post-race interview with Metcalf can be seen below, courtesy of media partner Flotrack.

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