JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) - The 2012 Arkansas State University women's cross country team not only recorded its most successful season in the program's history on the course this past fall, but excelled in the classroom as the Red Wolves were duly honored as a NCAA Division I Cross Country All-Academic Team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in an announcement made Monday (Feb. 25).
Kristina Aubert, a key contributor to the 2012 ASU women's cross country team's unparalled success, received Division I Scholar-Athlete accolades. Aubert, a 2012 USTFCCCA NCAA-I All Region selection and a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) honoree, was among 115 individuals in NCAA Division I women's cross country to earn national scholar-athlete laurels. She became ASU's first women's runner in cross country to compete in the NCAA Championships and placed 124th at the 2012 national meet with a personal career-best 20:56.3 time.
The A-State women's team recorded a 3.623 grade point average through the 2012 fall semester, which tied the Red Wolves for the 14th highest team GPA on the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Scholar Team list with Kentucky and Kansas State. Arkansas State, under second-year head coach Jim Patchell and cross country head coach Kyle Chandler, claimed the highest team GPA among all Sun Belt Conference-member institutions.
Four of the top 16 schools on the list had a combined nine USTFCCCA Scholar-Athletes, including ASU's Kristina Aubert, who qualified to compete in the 2012 national championship meet.
Arkansas State turned in a program-best ninth-place performance at the 2012 NCAA-I South Central Regional Championships (Nov. 9) following an ASU all-time high second-place showing at the Sun Belt Conference Championshipsmeet (Oct. 27). The Red Wolves concluded their historic season with aninth-place ranking in the final USTFCCCA Division I South Central Region poll.
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 eitherearned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region's top 15 (or top 10 percent) in 2012. 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.