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Saint Louis Cross Country BIO
Manuel de Backer
Player Profile:
Manuel de Backer 2261942
Year: Senior
Hometown: Essen, Belgium
Major: Business Administration

De Backer's Performance List (TFRRS)

2017-18 • Junior
Cross Country
Became the first Billiken to win an A-10 individual title when he placed first at the A-10 Championships with a time of 25:12.3 (8K).
• Won the Forest Park XC Festival.
• Was the runner up at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational.
• Ran the top 10K time of his career at the Midwest Regional, placing 49th overall.
• Was a two-time A-10 Performer of the Week.

Indoor Track and Field
• Earned the silver at the A-10 Championships in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
• His time of 8:19.14 in the 3,000 meters at the A-10s was a PR.
• Set a new school record in the 5,000 meters at the Mayo Invitational with a time of 14:23.52, which was second overall.

Outdoor Track and Field
• Was the runner-up for the second year in a row in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at the A-10 Championships.
• Qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the 10,000 meters and placed 39th overall with a time of 30:30.10.
• Won the 5,000 meters at the Billiken Invitational.
• Ran the 10,000 meters at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays and finished just shy of a PR with a time of 29:33.97.

2016-17 • Sophomore
Cross Country
Ran in five meets for the Billikens.
• Named A-10 Performer of the Week Oct. 18.
• Finished fourth overall at the A-10 Championships, the best finish in school history by a SLU runner at the A-10 meet.
• Turned in second-place finishes at the Forest Park XC Festival and the Bradley Pink Classic.
• Had a 10K time of 31:20.9 at the NCAA Midwest Regional, where he finished 51st overall.

Indoor Track and Field
• Ran the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
• Billikens’ top performer in the 5,000 meters after running a first-place time of 14:51.86 at the Gladstein Invitational.
• Was the runner-up in the 3,000 meters at the A-10 Championships, finishing in a time of 8:28.20.
• Also placed fourth in the 5,000 meters at the A-10 meet.

Outdoor Track and Field
• Broke his own school record in the 10,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays, crossing the finish in 29:29.17.
• Was the runner-up in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at the A-10 Championships.
• His time of 14:16.10 in the 5,000 meters at the A-10 meet was a PR.
• Named A-10 Performer of the Week March 28.

2015-16 • Freshman
Cross Country
Ran in four meets for the Billikens.
• SLU’s second finisher at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships, finishing 25th overall.
• Was second amongst his teammates at the Notre Dame Invitational with a five-mile time of 25:55.3.

Indoor Track and Field
• Ran the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
• Twice named A-10 Rookie of the Week.
• Medaled at the A-10 Championship in the 5,000 meters, placing third overall with a time of 14:50.83.
• Also placed fifth in the 3,000 meters at the A-10s with a PR of 8:29.33.
• Had a 5,000-meter PR of 14:40.07 at the Meyo Invitational.

Outdoor Track and Field
• Established a new school record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:01.32 at the San Francisco Distance Carnival.
• Named A-10 Rookie of the Week April 5.
• Ran the 10,000 meters at the A-10 Championships where he finished fourth.
• Member of the Billikens’ record-setting 4x1600-meter relay team that posted a time of 16:59.71 at the prestigious Drake Relays.

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