ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis freshman Manual De Backer has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference men’s indoor track and field Rookie of the Week, the league office announced today.

De Backer finished fifth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:55.90 at the Gladstein Invitational last week, hosted by Indiana University. That is the fastest time in the A-10 so for this season.

De Backer, from Essen, Belgium, ran the 3,000 meters earlier this season in a time of 8:32.92, fourth in the conference. During the cross country season, he was 25th overall and second amongst the Billikens at the A-10 Championship.

The Billikens are in action this weekend at the University of Minnesota’s Jack Johnson Invitational.