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In high school, Chris won the Nike Team Nationals individual crown, leading his team to victory. The following week he finished 2nd at the Foot Locker National Championships. After the season, he received the inaugural Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year Award. During track, Derrick recorded a time of 13:55 for 5,000m at the Arcadia Invitational. It was the fastest 5k in a high school only race in history. Mono soon after that ended his high school career early.
In his first year at Stanford, Chris enjoyed one of the most successful years a true freshman distance runner has in NCAA history. He earned 4 All-American honors in 3 seasons, placing 7th at NCAA's in cross country, 4th and 5th in the indoor 5,000m and 3,000m, and 3rd in the outdoor 5,000m. During the winter he also qualified for the World Junior Cross Country Championships by placing 2nd at the US Junior Championships. At World Junior Cross, Chris finished a stellar 15th. In the spring he broke the American Junior 5,000m record by running 13:29.98.
At the 2012 Olympic Trials, despite having the fastest closing lap in the field, Chris Derrick finished 4th in the race, missing qualifying for the London Olympics. That following fall Derrick came back with vengeance and won the US XC Championships. At the World XC Championships Derrick helped the USA team capture the silver medal, a feat they have not accomplished since 1984. Most recently Derrick finished 3rd in the 10,000m at the Outdoor Track and Field US Championships making the US team to compete at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
Neuqua Valley High School
Stanford University (stanford)
Naperville, IL, United States