Chris Derrick Named USATF Athlete of the Week

Nov. 19, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - Stanford's Chris Derrick has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after winning the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championship on Saturday in Eugene, Ore. He remains undefeated on the year for the No. 1 ranked Cardinal who are also undefeated as a team.

It is the second time winning the award for the Stanford sophomore. He also was honored after breaking the American Junior Record in the 5,000 meters last spring at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational.

The former American junior record holder over 5,000 meters, Derrick won the men's title in 30 minutes 38.84 seconds to remain undefeated on the season. Derrick's win led the Stanford men's sweep of the top three places and helped his team to win the West Regional team title.

Now in its eighth year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

The Cardinal will complete their season on Monday, Nov. 23, in Terre Haute, Ind. at the NCAA Championships. The meet will be shown live on Versus, beginning at 9:00 am PST.

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