Chris Derrick, 28

Stanford University

Personal Bests:

  • 3000m: 7:43.77 (2015)

  • 5000m: 13:08.04 (2013)

  • 10000m: 27:31.38 (2012)

  • Marathon: 2:12:50 (2017)

Social Handle: @cderrickrun

Staying true to his self-deprecating ways, Chris attributes his introduction to running not to success, but fortuitous failure.  As an underdeveloped, young for his grade, middle school basketball player, Chris was unsuccessful in earning a spot on his desired team.  Unwilling to wait for his gigantic frame, bulging muscles and exceptional coordination to develop, he found a new sport and forever changed the history of the Neuqua Valley High School cross country and track programs.  Under the guidance of legendary coach Paul Vandersteen, Chris went from running 18:08 for 3 mile XC as a freshman to running 13:55 for 5k his senior year. In addition to his individual accomplishments, he led his Neuqua Valley team to their first ever NXN title.

After finishing high school unable to compete at his state or national competitions due to an unfortunate battle with mono, Chris took his talents to Stanford determined to make his mark.  While the high school to college transition is tough on many young runners, Chris was an anomaly, placing 7th at NCAA cross country just after his 18th birthday.  His freshman year success continued onto the track, where in a Payton Jordan 5k for the ages, he battled future BTC teammates Evan Jager and German Fernandez, as well as Oregon Track Club Member, Hassan Mead, to set the American Junior Record (13:29.98).  Chris finished his college career as a 14-time All-American and one of 6 collegians to ever finish in the top 10 at NCAA cross country all 4 years, making him arguably one of the most consistent athletes to ever run in the NCAA.

Chris’ early transition to professional running was extremely successful.  He won three consecutive USATF XC championships (2013-2015) and represented the US at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in both XC and Track and again in 2015 in XC. He finished 10th at World XC in 2013 and was a part of the silver medal winning team US team. In 2015 he was the top American in 24th place. In 2013 and 2014 he broke 13:10 for 5,000m on three occasions. Unfortunately injuries set back his track seasons in 2015 and 2016, though he still finished 5th at the Olympic Trials in 2016 at 10,000m. In 2017, Chris made his marathon debut in 2:12 at the Chicago Marathon.

Outside of track, Chris enjoys shaping shots on the golf course, taking the other side of the argument, as well as cooking and tasting foods of all kinds—most especially genetically modified grains.