I guess the thing that needs to be pointed out is that Derrick turned 21 years old this XC season. He is a true college senior. He's hasn't spent time as a professional. He doesn't have private coaching and access to any and all cutting age technology Alberto and Nike can provide. I don't fault Rupp for his advantages. It would be remiss not to point them out, however. I think it's funny how Nike has afforded Rupp all these advantages, but it will never pay off. The reason is simple, Rupp isn't likeable. The guy has zero charisma. Once again not his fault, but it is one major reason why people choose to like runners like CD and not Rupp.
At age 21 no American has put up the times that Chris has this season indoors or outdoors. If CD stays healthy he will be on the Olympic team. No one races smarter then him.
Chris Derrick Age 21
Lavern Gibson: Sub 29 No American Ever!