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Stanford's Derrick is national scholar of year in cross country

 

Stanford junior Chris Derrick was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Scholar Athlete of the Year for cross country. Derrick maintains a 3.84 grade-point average while majoring in economics. He finished fifth at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November, helping the Cardinal to a fourth-place finish.

Derrick joined with teammates Jacob Riley and Elliott Heath, to sweep the top three sports at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships and at the Pre-National Invitational. Derrick was the 2009 Pac-10 Cross Country Champion.

Derrick is the first from Stanford to win the award since Neftalem Araia in 2006. The Pac-10 Conference has won four of the past five awards, overall.

In addition to the Scholar Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA also announced those who earned 2010 Division I All-Academic Cross Country status. Joining, Derrick on the All-Academic team was Heath. Heath was the Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2011.

The USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree was the third for both Derrick and Heath. They were two of 56 honorees this season by the USTFCCCA.

For the Stanford women, Alex Dunne, Kathy Kroeger and Stephanie Marcy were named to the USTFCCCA All-Acadmeic team. The three also were all-region runners and helped Stanford to a Pac-10 cross-country title.

Only two teams in the nation (Syracuse and Florida) had more athletes earn this distinction than Stanford.

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 2010. Kroeger placed fifth in the region, while Marcy was 11th and Dunne placed 17th.

Lacrosse

Stanford senior midfielder Leslie Foard was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week for her role in the Stanford win over No. 10 Notre Dame. The 13th-ranked Cardinal defended its home turf by knocking off the higher ranked Irish in a thrilling 13-12 victory last weekend.

Foard scored two goals and contributed one assist ton contribute to the balanced Cardinal scoring attack. Both of her goals came on free-position shots after drawing fouls driving towards the net.

In addition to her scoring, Foard was active beyond what is seen on the stat sheet. Foard earned five draw controls, including twice at the faceoff when she was able to control her own draw. The five draw controls were the most from either team and helped Stanford gain much needed possession in the second half.

The MPSF honor is the first of Foard's career and the first for a Stanford player since April 26 of last year when Claire Hubbard was honored.

Next up for the Cardinal is an early-season MPSF matchup with Fresno State at Cagan Stadium on Wednesday night. Sunday, the Cardinal will face another top-10 foe when No. 5 Syracuse comes to town.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information

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