Bupa victor Chris Derrick named first USATF Athlete of the Week in 2014

Bupa victor Chris Derrick named first USATF Athlete of the Week in 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Chris Derrick was named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after his 8 km win secured an overall Team USA third place at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country event held Saturday, Jan. 11 in Scotland’s capital city.

The 23-year-old Derrick (Naperville, Ill.) captured the men’s 8 km title with a time of 24:11, overtaking the field halfway through the race and expanding his lead in the final lap.

“I didn’t know what type of shape I was in,” said Derrick, “but I felt really good. I took the lead, creating enough space to separate myself. Then, towards the end of the course, I managed to increase my acceleration to build a more sizeable lead into the finish.”

Derrick’s winning performance marks the second straight year an American has taken the senior men’s crown.

In 2013 alone, Derrick won the USA Cross Country Championships 12k and was a 10,000 meter bronze medalist at USA Outdoors. He finished second in both the 2012 NCAA Indoor 3,000m and 5,000m races, was a 14-time NCAA All-American, and he still holds the 10,000m collegiate record.

Now in its 13th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

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Christa Mann