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***Induction Class of 1995
Track & Field
A four-year letter winner, Backman was a pivotal member of the undefeated Hunter cross country teams that won 28 consecutive meets spanning four years. In 1958, he captured the Municipal College Cross Country Championship, posting a time of 27:14. He was also a top ten Collegiate Track Conference (CTC) medalist. In track and field, Backman set a school record in 1958 in the 880-yard run with a time of 1:57.3. In 1959, he earned a silver medal at the outdoor CTC championships in the half-mile. ***
If the 880 record was 1:57.3 in '58 A frosh miler-2 miler running the equivalent of a 1:56.0 just 2 years later might be a bit fast for a typical Hunter runner.