Saturday, June 27, 2009

Kendra Schaaf places second in 5000 at Canadian nationals...

The University of Washington's freshman phenom Kendra Schaaf (left/photo by Paul Merca) showed she's in fine form despite redshirting the track season this year as the Craven, Saskatchewan native took second in the 5,000-meter run at the Canadian Track & Field Championships Thursday night.

Schaaf lowered her PR to 15:52.74, finishing just behind Tara Quinn-Smith who won in 15:50.35. Quinn-Smith has won multiple Canada national titles in the 10k and marathon and is 10 years older than Schaaf. Third-place went to Danette Doetzel, who won the 10,000-meters at the NCAA Chamiponships earlier this month running for Providence.

Fellow Canadian Husky Anita Campbell (Vancouver, B.C.) was sixth in the same 5k final, running 16:21.17. Campbell just earned her first track All-American at the NCAA Championships as she placed third in the 10,000-meter final won by Doetzel.

Husky pole vaulter Ryan Vu, who has dual citizenship, qualified for the finals by clearing 4.60m (15-1) Friday night.

The Canadian Track & Field Championships continue until Sunday. Action can be viewed on CBC Sports and on cbcsports.ca.

NOTE: The University of Washington and Athletics Canada contributed to this report.

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