Jonesboro (ASU) - Arkansas State freshman Kristina Aubert (Crystal Lake, Ill.) has been named the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Female Runner of the Week following her performance at last week's Memphis Twilight Classic, the league announced Tuesday afternoon. The award marks the second time Aubert has claimed the honor this season.
After winning her first two races as a collegian, Aubert continues to lead Arkansas State, finishing 10th at the 5K Memphis run with a time of 17:50:83. Aubert posted the fastest time of any freshman in the 256-runner field and missed a top-five finish by just over 10 seconds.
Aubert was one of four ASU runners who posted sub-19 minute times to lead the Red Wolves to a sixth-place finish in the 32-team Memphis Classic.
"We are obviously very happy for Kristina," said ASU head coach Lon Badeaux. "She ran tenth in a race that featured some very, very good competition, including a few All-Americans in the field, so she is very deserving of winning the award again this week. Coming off of the first two weeks, we were pretty excited to see where she was going to measure up against tougher competition, and obviously she passed that test."
In her first two collegiate races, Aubert won the Arkansas Tech Twilight Run Sept. 3 in Russellville, then won the UALR Invitational Sept. 10. She was also named the league's runner of the week after her performance at UALR.
Aubert and the Red Wolves will return to action Oct. 2 when both the men's and women's teams run in the Greater Louisville Classic.