Feb. 13, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior Chris Derrick (Naperville, Ill. / Neuqua Valley) of the Stanford men's track and field team was selected as the Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 6-12.
Derrick shattered the Stanford record in the indoor 5,000 meters by running 13:19.58 at the Millrose Games. Derrick broke the old record of 13:34.54 by Elliott Heath by 15 seconds. The time was the fifth-fastest in NCAA history and an Olympic `A' Standard, making Derrick the 12th person in the world to achieve that mark so far.
Running against an elite field of professionals and top collegians, Derrick hung onto a record-breaking pace as best he could. Eventually, Bernard Lagat broke away to set a new U.S. record, but Derrick held strong to place fifth in the race.
This is the sixth Stanford/Muscle Milk honor of Derrick's career. He is now tied for the career lead with Nnemkadi Ogwumike. Derrick has earned 11 All-America honors in his decorated career and will next compete at the MPSF Championships in two weeks. He already has the NCAA indoor auto standard at both 3,000 and 5,000 meters, guaranteeing his trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Also Nominated: Mallory Burdette (women's tennis), Gillian Garton (women's water polo), Kathy Kroeger (women's track and field), Kevin Laube (sailing), Brad Lawson (men's volleyball), Felicia Lee (women's swimming), Shona Morgan (women's gymnastics), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (women's basketball), Chasson Randle (men's basketball), Jenna Rich (softball), Catherine Swanson (lacrosse), Mariko Tumangan (women's golf).