Derek Palafox
Derek Palafox
Height: 5-10
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Bellport, NY
High School: Bellport

2014: Palafox competed in five races for the Bulls as a junior, including the MAC Championships...he clocked a season-best 8,000-meter time of 25:46 on Oct. 4 at the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational...Palafox added a 25:58 finish at the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 18 and a time of 26:09 at the conference championships on Nov. 1.

2013: Was not a member of the cross country team as a sophomore.

2012: Was a member of the team, though did not race for the Bulls as a freshman.

High School: Attended Bellport Senior High School...raced for coach Dan Jennings...a three-year captain, he set school records in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs and the 4x800 relay...helped the Clippers to a league championship while earning all-league recognition...was named to the all-county and all-state teams.

Personal: Born Feb. 27, 1994...son of Lenni and Lisa...has brothers, Kristian and Louis...has sisters, Krista, Lillian, Juliet...lists distance runner Dathan Ritzenhein as his favorite athlete...favorite kinds of music include rock and country...aspires to attend the NCAA Championships in cross country as a Bull...if he could visit one place in the world, he'd travel to Australia.