BIG 12 SCORING
2012: Indoor: Wacker raced once during the indoor season but made it count placing ninth at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in the 5k after running 13:59.20, becoming just the 14th Buff to finish the 5k in less than 14 minutes.
Outdoor: Wacker recorded a personal best in the 1,500 at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/19), finishing in 3:48.40. He competed in the 5k at the Pac-12 Championships, placing ninth overall (14:16.48). Wacker ran in the 10k at the NCAA West Prelims, where he finished in 30:51.62 for 18th place to lead CU.
2011: Indoor: Wacker ran in three races for the Buffs. He started off by finishing the 5k at the Husky Classic (2/12) in 14:03.41, which ranks 14th on the CU performers list. At the Big 12 Championship he raced in both the 3k and 5k. Wacker just missed scoring in both as he was ninth in the 5k (14:05.60) and 11th in the 3k (8:17.02).
Outdoor: Wacker recorded personal bests in all three of the events he competed in during the campaign. He started off with a PR in the 10k at the Stanford Invite (3/25), finishing in 29:10.89 and becoming the 11th fastest performer in the event. A couple weeks later at the Beach Invite (4/16) he finished the 1,500 in 3:59.20. Wacker went on to PR in the 5k at the Cardinal Invite (5/1). His time of 13:41.49 placed him 10th on the CU performers list. Wacker scored for the Buffs in the 5k and 10k at the Big 12 Championships. He placed fifth in the 5k (14:02.92) and was seventh in the 10k (29:30.12). Wacker qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in both distance events. He was placed 17th in the 10k (29:32.06) and was 22nd in the in the 5k (14:01.13).
2010: Indoor: Did not compete.
Outdoor: Wacker came back to the track after missing the indoor season, and the rest did him well as he PR'd in the 10k by almost two minutes (previous personal record was 31:30.83). He ran a time of 29:31.03 to become the 18th fastest performer at CU. Wacker also earned a personal best in the 5k after running a time of 14:01.74 at the Mt. SAC Relays. He ran both events at Big 12s, placing eighth in both to record his first two points for CU. Wacker ran the 5k in 14:13.10 and the 10k in 29:39.37. At the NCAA West Preliminaries Wacker once again did the distance double. He was 14th in the 10k (29:57.20) and 30th in the 5k (14:40.40).
2009: Indoor: Wacker ran in four races during the indoor campaign, two in the 3k and two in the 5k. He recorded a personal record of 14:21.16 in the 5k at the Husky Classic (2/14) and was 14th overall at the Big 12 Championship when he ran a time of 14:43.56. Wacker also raced the 3k at the conference championship and PR'd with a time of 8:24.42. He took 25th overall.
Outdoor: Wacker recorded a regional qualifying time in the 5k when he ran 14:06.39 at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/17). He went on a week later to run a season best 3:52.21 in the 1,500 at the Oregon Relays. Wacker ran his first 10k at the Big 12 Championships and just missed scoring as he took ninth (31:30.83). He was 14th in the 5k (15:03.08). At regionals, Wacker finished 19th in the 5k (14:43.19).
2008: Redshirt. Did not compete.
CROSS COUNTRY: (2011) Wacker finished off his cross country career on a very high note, capturing All-Pac-12 First Team, All-Mountain Region and All-American honors. He started out by taking second overall at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, finishing just behind teammate Richard Medina. Wacker led CU at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, once again placing second overall. He helped CU win the inaugural Pac-12 Championships, placing sixth at the meet. Wacker went on to take seventh at regionals and finished the season with his second All-American honor and a 20th-place finish. The Buffs placed third overall. (2010) Wacker was the runner-up at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, starting his junior year off on a great note. He was 17th at the NCAA Pre-National Invitation. Wacker was CU's No. 2 runner in all but one meet, the Big 12 Championship, where he led the Buffs with a fifth-place finish and collected all-conference honors. He was ninth at the NCAA Mountain Region Championship, earning all-region honors in the process. Wacker capped off the season by placing 37th at nationals; earning his first All-American honor. (2009) Wacker started the season by placing eighth at the Rocky Mountain Shootout and was the fifth Buff to score. At pre-nats, he was the 39th runner across the finish (24:22.5) with his best time of the year. Wacker earned his first all-conference and all-region honors after taking 13th and 25th, respectively, at each meet. He finished the season at NCAAs as the 70th finisher and the No. 3 scorer for the Buffs. (2008) Wacker made the varsity team immediately, placing eighth overall in his debut at the Iowa State Invite (CU's No. 7), finishing in 26:04.77. A couple of weeks later at the Rocky Mountain Shootout, he placed 12th and moved up a spot as CU's No. 6. At pre-nats, Wacker placed 116th in an 8k best of the year 25:02.0. Wacker's final race of the season was the conference championship. He finished 41st. Wacker served as the alternate at regionals and nationals. (2007) Did not compete. (2009) Wacker started the season by placing eighth at the Rocky Mountain Shootout and was the fifth Buff to score. At pre-nats, he was the 39th runner across the finish (24:22.5) with his best time of the year. Wacker earned his first all-conference and all-region honors after taking 13th and 25th, respectively, at each meet. He finished the season at NCAAs as the 70th finisher and the No. 3 scorer for the Buffs.
HIGH SCHOOL: Wacker earned six letters as a member of the Pinecrest High School Cross Country team and six on the track team. His cross country team won the conference title from 2001-06, as well as the 2005 and 06 regional championship and 2004 state championship. Wacker was the Mid-Southeastern Conference champion his senior year and the East Region champion his junior and senior seasons. He was also selected to the all-state team four times (freshmen through senior seasons).
HIGH SCHOOL BESTS: 800-meters: 1:56; 1,600-meters: 4:24; mile: 4:16; 3,000-meters: 8:38; 3,200-meters: 9:19; indoor 5,000-meters: 15:12; outdoor 5,000-meters: 14:59.
ACADEMICS: Wacker earned his bachelor's degree in evolutionary biology and integrated physiology during the summer of 2011. He is a graduate student majoring in integrated physiology and owns a greater than 3.0 GPA. He was a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and was a member of the honor roll in high school. Wacker was a member of the Academic All-Big 12 team in 2009, 10 and 11 and in 2012 he earned first team Pac-12 All-Academic honors.
PERSONAL: Andrew James Wacker was born on September 24, 1988 in Houston, Texas. His parents are Charles and Karin Wacker of Pinehurst, N.C. He has one older brother, Ben, who attends North Carolina. Wacker lists swimming, biking, kayaking and drawing as his hobbies. He has been an active member and office in Key Club, a service based club, for four years. He has also taught Sunday school and helped his community through Boy Scouts.