The Stanford grad is coached by Jerry Schumacher.
INDIANAPOLIS – Chris Derrick of Portland, Ore., has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the U.S. Cross Country Championships 12K race in 35:36.6 on Saturday in St. Louis.
After multiple runner-up finishes at the NCAA championships, Derrick won his first national championship in his first year as a professional athlete. Derrick holds the American collegiate record in the 10,000m and was a 14-time NCAA Division I All-American while at Stanford. Derrick is now training under Jerry Schumacher in Portland.
Derrick with compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on March 24.
“I’m excited to test myself against some of the best runners in the world,” Derrick said. “I expect to be a bit over my head and to have to really struggle through, which I hope will give me perspective and help me grow as an athlete.”