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Posted: February 21, 2013  

Athletics: Derrick, Conley highlight Team USA for World Cross Country Championships

INDIANAPOLIS - Following his first USA Cross Country title in early February in St. Louis, Chris Derrick will lead the menís team and Olympian Kim Conley, runner-up in St. Louis, will lead the womenís squad into the World Cross Country Championships scheduled for March 24 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Menís and womenís teams for both junior and senior races will travel to Poland for the 40th World Cross Country Championships. More information on the event can be found here.

Derrick bested one of the deepest fields the USA Cross Country Championships had seen, which included 2012 Olympian and two-mile American record holder Matt Tegenkamp, who will also be a member of Team USA in Poland.

A 2012 Olympian in the 5,000m, Conley placed second at the USA Cross Country Championships ahead of two-time World Cross Country silver medalist Deena Kastor, who will also be a part of another international team. The 40-year-old Kastor is an eight-time USA Cross Country champion and the 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist.

Fresh off USA Cross Country junior titles, Oklahoma Stateís Craig Nowak and Emily Stites will lead the menís and womenís junior teams in Poland.

Team USA menís senior roster: Chris Derrick (Portland, Ore.), Matt Tegenkamp (Portland, Ore.), Elliot Heath (Portland, Ore.), Ben True (Hanover, N.H.), Ryan Vail (Portland, Ore.), Bobby Mack (Raleigh, N.C.).

Team USA womenís senior roster: Kim Conley (Sacramento, Calif.), Deena Kastor (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.), Emily Infeld (Portland, Ore.), Neely Spence (Lake Orion, Mich.), Delilah Dicrescenzo (New York, N.Y.), Mattie Suver (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

Team USA menís junior roster: Craig Nowak (Stillwater, Okla.), Malachy Schrobilgen (Oak Park, Ill.), Matt McClintock (West Lafayette, Ind.), Darren Fahy (Washington, D.C.), Thomas Graham (Stanford, Calif.), Andrew Gardner (Spokane, Wash.).

Team USA womenís junior roster: Emily Stites (Williamsburg, Va.), Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich.), Carrie Verdon (Boulder, Colo.), Kathryn Knight (Spokane, Wash.), Samantha Nadel (Washington, D.C.), Sydney Scott (Morgantown, W.V.).

Team USA coaching staff includes: Pat Ley (senior womenís coach), Robert Gary (senior menís coach), Magdalena Boulet (junior womenís coach), Darren De Reuck (junior menís coach).

Team USA women placed third overall at the 2011 World Cross Country Championships and the menís senior team placed 10th.

Jared Slinde
Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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