ST. LOUIS – Three Saint Louis cross country student-athletes picked up Atlantic 10 Conference weekly awards for the period of Sept. 4-10, the league announced today.

Senior Courtney Link earned women’s A-10 Performer of the Week honors. Junior Manuel de Backer was named men’s A-10 co-Performer of the Week, while freshman Ben Naeger was named men’s A-10 Rookie of the Week.

Link placed second overall at the season-opening Forest Park XC Festival last Friday in St. Louis, crossing the line in a 5K time of 18:48.30. She helped the Billikens to the team title in the meet for the second year in a row.

De Backer won the men’s race at the Forest Park XC Festival with a 7.5K time of 24:39.23. Naeger finished second overall with a time of 24:52.41 in his first collegiate race. The men’s team also took home the team title for the second year in a row.

The Billikens return to action this Friday (Sept. 15) when they travel to the National Catholic Championships at the University of Notre Dame.