Derrick and Dunn Sweep West Region Awards
Nov. 18, 2009
New Orleans - Following the dominant performance at the men's NCAA West Regional meet, Jason Dunn and Chris Derrick were honored as the Regional Athlete and Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Association on Wednesday.
Derrick was honored after winning the individual regional title to remain undefeated on the season. The sophomore from Naperville, Ill. had already claimed the Stanford Invitational, NCAA Pre-National and Pac-10 titles this year. Derrick led a Stanford 1-2-3 finish with Elliott Heath and Justin Marpole-Bird trailing closely behind him.
After bursting onto the scene as a freshman last season, Derrick has established himself as one of the favorites for the NCAA individual title this season.
Dunn was honored after the No. 1 Cardinal reclaimed the West Regional title. Stanford scored just 27 points to easily outdistance Portland with 84 points and Oregon with 109. The Cardinal also won the Pac-10 title, the first under Dunn.
Last season, Dunn was named the West Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in indoor track and field for both the men and the women.
Coach Dunn will lead the Cardinal at the NCAA Championships on Monday, Nov. 23, from Terre Haute, Ind. Stanford will look to remain undefeated on the year and win the fifth national title in school history. Derrick will look to lead the Cardinal to the title and become the first male in Stanford history to win the NCAA individual crown.
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