(Photo Courtesy: Arkansas State)
NEW ORLEANS, La. (A-State) - For the second consecutive season, Kristina Aubert of the Arkansas State University women's cross country team has earned all-region distinction within the NCAA Division I ranks in a recent announcement made (Nov. 18) by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Aubert is set to make a second straight appearance at the NCAA-I Cross Country Championships this Saturday (Nov. 23) in Terre Haute, Ind. Last season, Aubert was A-State's first cross-country athlete to compete in nationals as she would finish 124th place in the 6K race with a time of 20:56.3.
A redshirt junior, Aubert received the all-region honor for the second year in a row after placing among the top 25 individual finishers at one of this fall's nine regional meets nationally. The two-time (2012-13) first-team All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) selection placed fourth at the 2013 NCAA-I South Central Regional Championships last Friday (Nov. 15) in Waco, Texas, as she registered a season-best tying 20:20.0 time on the 6K Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in leading the Red Wolves to a program-record eighth-place finish.
The USTFCCCA awarded a combined 450 all-region accolades to the top 25 individual finishers in both the men's and women's competition. Aubert was one of 225 women's cross country student-athletes to claim all-region laurels for the 2013 season and the lone representativefrom a current Sun Belt Conference member institution.
This season, Aubert compiled six top four-place performances and was A-State's top runner in the seven meets she participated in. Aubert, a three-time SBC Runner of the Week honoree (Sept. 4, Oct. 2 and 9) this season, was the individual medalist at the 2013 Sun Belt ConferenceChampionships with a first-place 17:28.20 time as the Red Wolves claimed their first-ever conference championship title.