Andrew Backus
Andrew Backus
Height: 6-0
Weight: 150
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Vashon, Wash.
High School: Charles Wright Academy

PERSONAL BESTS: 10k-32:54 8k XC-26:44

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2008: Placed 21st in the Shoreline Invitational on Oct.25 with a time of 23:37 ... Placed 22nd in the West Coast Preview on Sept. 12 with an 8k time of 26:44 ... Placed 38th in the San Francisco Invitational on Aug. 30 with an 8k time of 26:46.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006-07: Placed 23rd in San Francisco Invitational on 9/2 with an 8k time of 27:52.40...Placed 100th in Sundodger Invitational on 9/16 with an 8k time of 27:04...Placed 151st in Stanford Invitational 8k Combined on 9/30 with a time of 26:53...Placed 73rd in Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on 10/14 with an 8k time of 27:24.0.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2006 graduate of Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Wash. ... coached by Drew Wartenburg ... member of state championship team in 2003 and '04 ... named to all-district and All-State teams ... finished 10th in the state in cross country finals ... finished fourth in the state in the 3,200-meters in track ... member of the honor roll.

PERSONAL DATA: Son of Charles Backus and Stephanie Harlan ... has one older sister, Laura ... enjoys snow-skiing, fishing, rock-climbing, and cooking ... plans to major in mechanical engineering.