Chris Derick Finishes 15th At World Junior XC Championships
March 28, 2009
Amman, Jordan - Stanford freshman Chris Derrick competed in the junior race of the World Cross Country Championships early Friday morning in the Middle East. The young distance star fared well, placing 15th to help team USA to a fifth-place finish.
In an event traditionally dominated by African nations, 2009 was no different. Kenya edged rival Ethiopia 20-22 to win the meet. Eritrea placed third with 72 points, while Uganda was fourth with 82. The United States was the first non-African nation in fifth-place with 104 points.
The United States team was highlighted by a trio of young college stars, which includes German Fernandez of Oklahoma State and Chris Puskedra of Oregon, in addition to Derrick. Fernandez led team USA with his 11th-place finish with a time of 24:13, while Derrick was not far behind in 15th with a time of 24:20. Puskedra placed 30th with a time of 24:53. Fernandez and Derrick were the top two non-African individual finishers.
In an event with four scoring runners, team USA was rounded out by Syracuse freshman, Patrick Dupont, who finished 48th with a time of 25:52.
Derrick has burst into the national spotlight during his freshman season at Stanford, already earning three All-America honors in his young career. He led Stanford to a third-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships with a seventh-place individual finish. He followed that up in the indoor season by placing third in the 5,000 meters and fifth in the 3,000 to earn another pair of All-America honors.
Derrick will now turn his attention to the outdoor track season, where Stanford is again amongst the top teams in the Pac-10 and the nation.