Campbell Leads Canada to 10th at World Championships

April 1, 2006

Fukuoka, Japan - Washington freshman Anita Campbell ran 57th overall at Saturday's IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships, leading Team Canada to a 10th-place finish on the Uminonakamichi Seaside Park course in Fukuoka, Japan.

Team Kenya continued its domination of cross country at the junior level, sweeping the top four places to earn a perfect team score of 10 points. Ethiopia was second at 29, while hosts Japan ran third with 58 points. Team USA scored 156 points to place eighth, while Canada's 199 was 10th overall.

Representing her country at the World Championships for the second-straight year, Campbell covered the two-kilometer course in 22 minutes, 17 seconds - good for 57th overall and fourth among Canadian finishers. The Vancouver, B.C., native earned a berth at the meet via a second-place finish at the Canadian Junior National Championships in December, following an outstanding debut cross country season for UW.

'It went well, even though I didn't feel well during the race,' she said afterward. 'The course is really good, and the weather was a lot cooler than it was last year in France. Our team ran well, even though there were a couple of girls who have not been here before.'

Campbell, 18, is the eighth Husky, and third UW freshman, to compete at the World Cross Country Championships since 2003. She placed 84th as a high-school senior at last year's World Championships in St. Etienne, France, after finishing 13th at the Canadian Nationals the previous winter.

'I'm looking to carrying the momentum from this race into the rest of the season,' Campbell added. 'Running in a race of this caliber gives you so much confidence going into the collegiate season.'

For complete results from this weekend's IAAF World Cross Country Championships, visit www.iaaf.org.

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