UW's Campbell Makes Canadian Jr. National Team
Dec. 5, 2005
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Washington freshman Anita Campbell ran second Saturday in the junior women's 5,000-meter race at the 2005 Canadian National Cross Country Championships at Vancouver's Jericho Beach Park, earning the British Columbia native one of six spots on Canada's Junior National Team for March's IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
After battling at the front for much of the race, Campbell was edged at the line by Brampton, Ontario, native Kate Van Buskirk, whose winning time of 17 minutes 28 seconds was just nine second ahead of Campbell's 17:37. The top six finishers in the race, including Ontario natives Tarah McKay (3rd, 17:43), Sheila Reid (4th, 17:47), Lindsay Carson (5th, 17:49) and Mandy McBean (6th, 17:51), qualified for the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships, Mar. 5 in Fukuoka, Japan.
Campbell will be making her second-straight World Championships appearance, having placed 84th overall in the event last year in St. Etienne, France. Campbell was the 13th overall finisher at last year's Canadian Junior Nationals, and placed fifth at the same event in 2002.
'Anita's been outstanding for us all year,' said UW head coach Greg Metcalf of the freshman, who was Washington's lone competitor at the 2005 NCAA Cross Country Championships last month. 'She's going to have a leg up on some of her competitors at the World Championships because she's been there before, and knows what it takes to be successful at that level. We're proud to have her out there representing the purple and gold.'
Campbell will be the eighth Husky to represent Washington at the World Cross Country Championships since 2003, and the third freshman to do so in the past four years. Menlo Park, Calif., native Jeremy Mineau carried the UW torch last season, placing 68th for Team USA in the Junior Men's race. Former Huskies Courtney Inman (Canada) and Christian Belz (Switzerland) also competed in 2005.
For complete results from Saturday's Canadian National Cross Country Championships, visit www. bcathletics.org.