2014 graduate of Lafayette HS in Williamsburg, Virginia, Derek was 800 Indoor NB National Champion, Brooks Invite Champion, USATF Jr. Nationals medalist, multi Virginia state champion in distances ranging from the 300m-800m. In 2015 Derek joined GRTC affiliate District Track Club, where he recently ran 1:47.07 to qualify for USATF World Trials. Derek now studies and runs for Trinidad State in Colorado.
“Coach Mearns, I just wanted to say that being part of the Growing Runners program and training under your system was one of the best choices I ever made. With your help I made many improvements from 200 all the way up to the 5k. It was great to work not just physically but mentally to help achieve my goals. I never would have guessed I’d come this far with my running … my first trips across the country to compete and first times in Track Town, Eugene, Oregon, and now college in Colorado.Thanks for all the opportunities you helped me explore.”