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(Walnut, Calf.) Exactly one year after winning the Puma Mile at the Mt. Sac Relays, Derek Scott, 2007 Cornerstone grad, returned on April 7, 2011 to the sight of where he's had so much success over the years for another outstanding race.
Running in the Invitational Elite section of the 3,000 meter steeplechase, Scott took the lead in the final kilometer and extended it to a nine-second margin of victory. His winning time of 8:31.52 is the best in the United States this year. Scott also eclipsed qualifying time for USATF Nationals in June as well as the "B" standard for the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.
time gives him an automatic qualifier for the USA Outdoor Championships held in
Eugene, Oregon at the end of June. From that race they will select the
world rchampionship team to compete in Deagu, Korea at the end of the summer.
After spending three years as a 1500 meter specialist, Scott moved back to the steeplechase, the event where he had his first big success. In 2004 he was NAIA national runner up, then made the US National team for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy that summer. All-American again in 2006, Scott was NAIA National Champion in the 1500 meters in 2007.
From 2005 to 2007 Derek raced either the steeplechase or the 1500 meters at the Mt. Sac Relays, winning the University division of the steeplechase in 2006.
Since 2010, Scott has been the Cross Country coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.