Stanford’s Chris Derrick is DI Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year Once Again
By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA
February 10, 2012
NEW ORLEANS – Chris Derrick of Stanford University was named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2011 cross country season on Friday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Derrick was the NCAA Division I cross country national runner-up during the 2011 fall season. Derrick also won the same award for the 2010 season.
Scholar Athletes are determined from among those who earned All-Academic status and placed highest individually at the most recent NCAA Championships.
USTFCCCA NCAA Division I
Cross Country Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Year – Chris Derrick, Stanford
Derrick, a senior from Naperville, Ill., has tallied a 3.87 cumulative GPA through the 2011 fall semester in the study of economics.
Derrick took runner-up honors at the NCAA Championships, NCAA West Regional, and the Pac-12 Championships this fall.
Stanford has won three of the last six awards in the category. As a league, the Pac-12 Conference has won five of the last six Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards for men’s Division I cross country.
2011: Chris Derrick, Stanford
2010: Chris Derrick, Stanford
2009: David McNeill, Northern Arizona
2008: Galen Rupp, Oregon
2007: Galen Rupp, Oregon
2006: Neftalem Araia, Stanford
58 Earn All-Academic Status
In addition to the Scholar Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those men who earned 2011 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status.
A total of 58 student-athletes represent the 36 institutions that compose the group. Oklahoma and Georgetown were the leading squads with four named to the All-Academic list. UNCG, BYU, and Oklahoma State followed with three apiece.
Big East Conference institutions claimed the most All-Academic nods among leagues with ten. The Big 12 followed with eight.
Twelve of the top 25 finishers at the NCAA Cross Country Championships earned All-Academic mentions.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region’s top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2011.
USTFCCCA 2011 Division I Cross Country All-Academic Honorees, MEN
|Miles Batty||Brigham Young University|
|Rex Shields||Brigham Young University|
|Jason Witt||Brigham Young University|
|Dan Lowry||Brown University|
|Ty McCormack||Clemson University|
|Alex McGrath||College of William and Mary|
|Nicolas Composto||Columbia University|
|Michael Murphy||Columbia University|
|John Bleday||Dartmouth College|
|Ryan Hopkins||Davidson College|
|Michael Fout||Florida State University|
|Mark Dennin||Georgetown University|
|TC Lumbar||Georgetown University|
|Alex Lundy||Georgetown University|
|Andrew Springer||Georgetown University|
|Mitch Goose||Iona College|
|Alexander Soderberg||Iona College|
|Matt Johnsen||Lamar University|
|Evans Kosgei||Lehigh University|
|Heath Reedy||Long Beach State University|
|Andrew Colley||North Carolina State University|
|Bobby Moldovan||North Carolina State University|
|Timothy Freriks||Northern Arizona University|
|German Fernandez||Oklahoma State University|
|Shadrack Kipchirchir||Oklahoma State University|
|Colby Lowe||Oklahoma State University|
|Chris Derrick||Stanford University|
|Jacob Riley||Stanford University|
|Patrick Dupont||Syracuse University|
|Sean Keefe||Syracuse University|
|Kevin Burnett||Texas A&M University, College Station|
|James Pearson||U.S. Naval Academy|
|Cody Rome||U.S. Naval Academy|
|Eric Finan||University of Cincinnati|
|Andy Wacker||University of Colorado, Boulder|
|Mark Parrish||University of Florida|
|Bobby Aprill||University of Michigan|
|Craig Forys||University of Michigan|
|Cosmas Ayabei||University of Missouri, Kansas City|
|Paul Chelimo||University of North Carolina, Greensboro|
|Paul Katam||University of North Carolina, Greensboro|
|Joey Thompson||University of North Carolina, Greensboro|
|Jordan Carlson||University of Notre Dame|
|George Alex||University of Oklahoma|
|Bill Kogel||University of Oklahoma|
|Jeremy Sudbury||University of Oklahoma|
|Kevin Williams||University of Oklahoma|
|Lars Erik Malde||University of Portland|
|Gilbert Kemboi||University of South Carolina Upstate|
|Chris Berry||University of Tennessee at Chattanooga|
|Mark Amirault||University of Virginia|
|Ryan Collins||University of Wisconsin, Madison|
|Reed Connor||University of Wisconsin, Madison|
|Elliot Krause||University of Wisconsin, Madison|
|Brian McKenna||Utah State University|
|Matthew Gibney||Villanova University|
|Ryan Sheridan||Villanova University|
|Andrew Kimpel||Washington State University|