With a 10th-place finish, Naperville's Chris Derrick helped the United States win a landmark silver medal in the senior men's race Sunday at the World Cross-Country Championships in snowy Bysgoszcz, Poland.
It was the first U.S. senior men's medal at the meet since 2001 and the first silver medal since 1984.
Ethiopia won the meet with 38 points. The United States had 52 and third-place Kenya, 54.
Kenya's Japhet Korir was the individual winner in 32 minutes, 45 seconds. Ben True was the top U.S. finisher, taking sixth in 33:11. Derrick was the No.2 U.S. runner with a 33:23.
“It was really hard,” Derrick said. “I felt good for the first two laps and started to push a little bit.
“It might have been the cold, but I really couldn't see that well over the last few laps. I knew Ben was up there, and that I needed to get in the top ten if we were to have a shot at a medal.”
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