Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ex-Husky Schaaf wins second Canadian harrier title; UW's Johnson fourth...

VANCOUVER, BC--Former University of Washington standout Kendra Schaaf (left/photo by Mike Scott) now competing for the University of North Carolina, won her second national cross country title in three years at Saturday's Canadian Cross Country Championships at Jericho Beach Park.

Schaaf, a native of Craven, Saskatchewan, took an eight-second victory over Megan Brown of Guelph, Ontario, running the 7-kilometer course in 25:00.

Dayna Pidhoresky of Tecumseh, Ontario finished third in 25:47, followed by University of Washington sophomore Justine Johnson of Victoria in 26:03.

Johnson was the first British Columbia finisher across the line.

Both Schaaf and Johnson earlier in the week ran at the NCAA cross country championships in Terre Haute, with Schaaf finishing 15th for North Carolina in 20:01 over 6k, and Johnson placing 65th in 20:46.

Schaaf, a standout in Canadian running circles as a junior (19-under), won her first senior cross country title two years ago, after finishing second in the 2009 NCAA cross country championships. That race that turned out to be her final collegiate cross country race as a member of the Washington program.

Complete results from the women's senior race at the Canadian national cross country championships are available here, while links to the other championship races are available here.

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

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