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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 Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2013 Winners: January 9, Bobby Mack; January 16, Mary Cain; January 22, AjeƩ Wilson; January 30, Duane Solomon; February 6, Chris Derrick

From USATF Statistician Glen McMicken

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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    

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