Feb. 14, 2011
New Orleans - Chris Derrick was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Scholar Athlete of the Year for cross country. Derrick, a junior, maintains a 3.84 grade-point average, while majoring in economics. He finished fifth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, helping the Cardinal to a fourth-place finish.
The native of Naperville, Ill., was among the Stanford trio, along with Jacob Riley and Elliott Heath, to have swept the top three at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships and at the Pre-National Invitational. Derrick was the 2009 Pac-10 Cross Country Champion.
Derrick is the first from Stanford to win the award since Neftalem Araia in 2006. The Pac-10 Conference has won four of the past five awards, overall.
In addition to the Scholar Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those who earned 2010 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status. Joining, Derrick on the All-Academic team was Heath. Heath was the Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2011.
The USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree was the third for both Derrick and Heath. They were two of 56 honorees this season by the USTFCCCA.