March 12, 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 March 5-11.
Derrick finished as the national runner-up in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. On Friday night, Derrick surged at 800 meters to take the lead in the 5,000, only to be overtaken by Lawi Lalang of Arizona with 200 to go. Derrick finished in 13:26.88, just over a second off the lead.
On Saturday, Derrick again battled with Lalang in the 3,000 meters. This time, Derrick came agonizingly close to the title, losing by 17 hundredths of a second. Still, his time of 7:46.81 was a new Stanford record.
Derrick earned first team All-America honors in both events and now has 13 for his career. He has been the NCAA runner-up in cross country and twice in indoor track this season, all three times to Lalang.
This is the seventh Stanford/Muscle Milk honor of Derrick's career, which is the most of any Stanford athlete all-time.
Also Nominated: Mark Appel (baseball), Rebecca Chung (women's fencing), Karynn Dunn (women's track and field), Cameron Foreman (men's gymnastics), Kyle Fraser (lacrosse), Kristian Ipsen (men's swimming and diving), Steven Irvin (men's volleyball), Cameron Lindsay (men's fencing), Sally Mace (sailing), Pallavi Menon (women's water polo), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (women's basketball), Nicole Pechanec (women's gymnastics), Chasson Randle (men's basketball), Jenna Rich (softball), Ellen Tsay (women's tennis), Sally Watson (women's golf)