Derrick named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS - Chris Derrick (Portland, Ore.) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the USA Cross Country Championships 12 km race in 35:36.6 on Saturday in St. Louis.
After multiple runner-up finishes at the NCAA championships, Derrick won his first national championship in his first year as a professional athlete. Derrick holds the American collegiate record in the 10,000m and was a 14-time NCAA Division I All-American while at Stanford. Derrick is now training under Jerry Schumacher in Portland.
Derrick with compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on March 24.
“I'm excited to test myself against some of the best runners in the world,” Derrick said. “I expect to be a bit over my head and to have to really struggle through, which I hope will give me perspective and help me grow as an athlete.”
Now in its 12th 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.
2013 Winners: January 9, Bobby Mack; January 16, Mary Cain; January 22, Ajeé Wilson; January 30, Duane Solomon; February 6, Chris Derrick
WEEK IN REVIEW -- JANUARY 28-FEBRUARY 3
From USATF Statistician Glen McMicken
DOUBLE THE DISTANCE, DOUBLE THE RECORDS FOR CAIN
Fresh off her smashing success in the 1500m/mile last week at the New Balance Games at the Armory, where she set prep indoor records in both events, New York high schooler Mary Cain ventured to Boston for the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Feb. 2 and took down the World Junior record in the two mile at 9:38.68, and added an American Junior record in the 3000 with her 9:04.51 en route.
Galen Rupp's attempt on the AR in the 3000m fell just short, but the London Olympic 10,000m silver medalist did slice his PR to 7:33.67 to finish second.
Olympic pole vault champ Jenn Suhr jumped to the world lead with her 4.76m/15-7.25 clearance, and London bronze medalist Janay DeLoach branched out from the long jump to take the 60m hurdles in 7.97.
NEAR MISS AT 1,000m AR FOR ANDREWS
Two-time NCAA 800m champion Robby Andrews just missed the American Record in the 1000m at the Armory Collegiate Classic in New York, clocking 2:17.90 to end up .04 away from David Krummenacker's 2002 mark.
Kansas ace Andrea Geubelle, who was third in the Olympic Trials triple jump last summer, uncorked a big PR in the long jump with a 6.69m/21-11.5 leap, and Villanova moved to No. 6 on the all-time U.S. list with a 10:56.74 distance medley effort keyed by Emily Lipari's 4:34.6 anchor.
WHITING TAKES WORLD SHOT LEAD
Reigning World Indoor champion Ryan Whiting popped a world-leading 21.59m/70-10 in the shot put at the Penn State Sykes & Sabock Cup Feb. 2. He also had a 21.43m/70-3.75 in the second round, at the time a world leader.
FATHER TIME NO MATCH FOR LAGAT YET
American Record holder Bernard Lagat, who turned 38 in December, showed that he has lost none of his speed as he raced to a 7:34.71 to win the 3000m at Karlsruhe on Feb. 2.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR HJ'ER JONAS
2010 World Indoor HJ bronze medalist Dusty Jonas enjoyed the friendly confines of his alma mater to notch his highest jump since 2008, clearing 2.34m/7-8 at the Sevigne Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
Wisconsin's Japheth Cato topped 6000 in the heptathlon for the second time, tallying 6024.
AL FOR DASH MAN RODGERS
Mike Rodgers, who won silver in the 60m at the 2010 World Indoor championships, ripped to a U.S.-leading 6.54 to finish third at Mondeville, France, on Feb. 2. Two days earlier at Linz, Austria, he won in 6.60.
MEN'S 600m LIST TAKING A BEATING
Last week, it was Duane Solomon and Cas Loxsom. This time, it was former Iowa star Erik Sowinski who zipped his way onto the all-time U.S. 600 list with a 1:15.99 at Moscow on Feb. 3. The NCAA 800m runner-up last year, Sowinski claimed the No. 5 A-T spot with his effort.
BEST MARKS - WEEK OF JANUARY 28-FEBRUARY 3
50 METERS 5.79 1 Cordero Gray unat Feb 01 Saskatoon
60 METERS 6.54 3 Mike Rodgers Nike Feb 02 Mondeville
200 METERS 20.83 1 Aaron Ernest LSU Feb 02 Armory Coll
400 METERS 46.26 1h2 David Verburg George Mason Feb 01 Armory Coll
500 METERS 1:01.31 1 Samuel Ellison Villanova Feb 01 Armory Coll
600 METERS 1:15.99 2f2 Erik Sowinski unat Feb 03 Moscow
800 METERS 1:47.21 3 Erik Sowinski unat Jan 31 Linz
1000 METERS 2:17.90 1 Robby Andrews adidas Feb 01 Armory Coll
MILE 3:56.26 1 Matthew Centrowitz Nike Feb 02 New Bal GP
3000 METERS 7:33.67 2 Galen Rupp Nike Feb 02 New Bal GP
5000 METERS 14:08.74 1 Jeffrey Mettler South Dakota Feb 01 Lincoln
60m HURDLES 7.59 1f2 Spencer Adams Clemson Feb 01 Armory Coll
4 x 200 1:25.81 1 South Carolina Feb 02 Armory Coll
4 x 400 3:08.03 1 Penn State Feb 02 Penn State
4 x 800 7:30.15 1 Columbia Feb 02 Armory Coll
DISTANCE MEDLEY 9:34.20 1 Stanford Feb 01 Armory Coll
HIGH JUMP 2.34/7-8 1 Dusty Jonas unat Feb 02 Lincoln
POLE VAULT 5.50/18-0.50 1 Jake Blankenship Tennessee Feb 02 Armory Coll 1 Derick Hinch Arizona State Feb 02 Flagstaff 2 Christopher Swanson Victory Ath Feb 02 Flagstaff
LONG JUMP 7.84/25-8.75 2 Jarrion Lawson Arkansas Feb 01 Armory Coll
TRIPLE JUMP 16.05(A)/52-8 1 Joshua Honeycutt unat Feb 02 Flagstaff
SHOT 21.59/70-10 1f2 Ryan Whiting Nike Feb 02 Penn State
WEIGHT 23.30/76-5.50 1 Jake Freeman New York AC Feb 02 Armory Coll
HEPTATHLON 6024 1 Japheth Cato Wisconsin Feb 02 Lincoln
50 METERS 6.30 1 Brittney Reese Nike Feb 01 Saskatoon
60 METERS 7.16 1 Kimberlyn Duncan LSU Feb 01 Armory Coll
200 METERS 23.14 1h9 Aurieyall Scott UCF Feb 01 Lincoln
400 METERS 52.93 1 Erika Rucker South Carolina Feb 02 Armory Coll
500 METERS 1:13.39 1f2 Kristyn Williams Stanford Feb 01 Armory Coll
800 METERS 2:03.96 1 Phoebe Wright Nike Feb 02 New Bal GP
Oversized Track: 2:03.33 1f8 Gena Gall Nike Feb 02 Notre Dame Meyo Inv
1000 METERS 2:44.20 1 Charlene Lipsey LSU Feb 01 Armory Coll
1500 METERS 4:21.74 1 Danielle Tauro NJNY TC Feb 01 Armory Coll
MILE 4:39.40 2 Treniere Moser Nike Feb 02 New Bal GP
3000 METERS 9:04.51 er Mary Cain New York HS Feb 02 New Bal GP
5000 METERS 16:11.58 1 Laura Carleton LSU Feb 01 Armory Coll
60m HURDLES 7.93 1f2 Brianna Rollins Clemson Feb 01 Armory Coll
4 x 200 1:38.07 1 South Carolina Feb 02 Armory Coll
4 x 400 3:35.20 1f2 Arkansas Feb 02 Armory Coll
4 x 800 8:50.55 1 Columbia Feb 02 Armory Coll
DISTANCE MEDLEY 10:56.74 1 Villanova Feb 01 Armory Coll
HIGH JUMP 1.83/6-0 2 Becky Christensen Riadha Feb 02 New Bal GP
1 Liz Patterson Asics Feb 02 New Bal GP
1 Maya Pressley Auburn Feb 02 Lincoln
POLE VAULT 4.76/15-7.25 1 Jenn Suhr adidas Feb 02 New Bal GP
LONG JUMP 6.69/21-11.50 1 Andrea Geubelle Kansas Feb 01 Armory Coll
TRIPLE JUMP 13.03(A)/42-9 2 Toni Smith unat Feb 02 Albuquerque
SHOT 18.35/60-2.50 1 Michelle Carter Nike Feb 02 Lubbock
WEIGHT 22.93/75-2.75 1 Amber Campbell Nike Feb 02 Chapel Hill
PENTATHLON 4024 1 Deanna Latham Wisconsin Feb 01 Lincoln