A-State Cross Country Teams Lauded by USTFCCCA For Academics

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    NEW ORLEANS, La. (A-State) - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has recognized the Arkansas State University men's and women's cross country teams for their academic success as both have earned Division I Scholar Team honors for the 2013 season per a release (Feb. 14) by the USTFCCCA.

    The Red Wolves were among 217 women's programs and 160 men's programs to achieve Scholar Team accolades in NCAA Division I by the USTFCCCA. A-State, which is coached by Jim Patchell and Kyle Chandler, was also one of 146 schools in which both their women's and men's teams earned the honor. The women's team posted a 3.44 grade point average (GPA) while the men's squad registered a 3.10 GPA

    Arkansas State was one of six Sun Belt Conference (SBC) members to claim USTFCCCA Scholar Team laurels for the women and among four on the men's side.

    Kristina Aubert, a two-time (2012 and 2013) USTFCCCA NCAA-I All-South Central Region Team selection, was one of 129 women's cross country runners to attain national all-academic recognition. A redshirt junior, Aubert registered a 3.67 grade point average in nursing and claimed USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for the second consecutive season (2012-13). Aubert, who has twice (2012-13) earned All-SBC First-Team plaudits, was the top finisher at the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Championships and lead the regionally-ranked Red Wolves to their first-ever conference championship crown. She would go on to place fourth at the 2013 NCAA-I South Central Regional Championship meet (Nov. 15) and turned in a 124th-place showing at the NCAA-I Championships (Nov. 23).

    The 2013 season was a noteworthy one for both A-State cross country teams as the women not only captured the program's first conference championship title, but tallied a program-best eighth-place regional meet performance. The men's team would notch a program-record tying fourth-place finish at the Sun Belt Conference Championship meet (Nov. 2).

    To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2013. To qualify as an All-Academic Team, the team must have had a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better and have started at least five runners at their respective NCAA regional championship.

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