Senior Chris Derrick set personal, school and national records in the 10,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday night.
Derrick’s time of 27:31.38, nearly a full minute better than his previous best, easily broke the Stanford record of 27:59.72 set by Ian Dobson in 2005. A few minutes after the race finished, it was confirmed that Derrick’s time also set the American collegiate record and is the fastest time by any American this year.
Perhaps even more importantly for Derrick, his time easily surpassed the Olympic “A” standard, which is the mark required for participants in the Olympics. With this time, Derrick can compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. on June 22 for the chance to make the Olympic team in the 10,000 meters. Derrick had previously qualified with the “A” standard in the 5,000 meters as well.
The Payton Jordan Invitational is seen as the best meet in which to break records, causing many of the top track and field stars from around the world to attend the event. Derrick had previously set an American junior record in the 5,000 meters at the same event in 2009.
In this year’s race, Derrick finished third behind Southern Utah’s Cameron Levins and former Liberty standout Sam Chelanga. The Canadian-born Levins kicked away from his competition to finish with the best time in the world this year. In total, six runners beat the previous fastest time of 2012, and eight met the “A” standard.
Derrick, a 13-time All-American from Naperville, Ill., now holds Stanford records for the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters indoors and the 10,000 meters outdoors.