ST. LOUIS – For a second time this season, Saint Louis junior Manuel de Backer has claimed an Atlantic 10 Conference weekly award as the league named him the A-10 Cross Country co-Performer of the Week.

De Backer led SLU at the Pre-National Invitational last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. He covered the 8K course in 24:08.7, the second-fastest time in school history and just two seconds shy of the school record.

It was the deepest field Saint Louis has ever competed against on the men’s side. De Backer placed 59th overall (out of more than 280 runners) and helped SLU to a 32nd-place team finish.

De Backer and the Billikens are next in action Saturday, Oct. 28, for the A-10 Championships, which will be held at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Virginia.