JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – Junior Kristina Aubert of the Arkansas State University women's cross country and track & field teams has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District First Team per an announcement made this Thursday (May 30).
Aubert was among 12 NCAA Division I women's student-athletes to earn All-District Six First-Team accolades, which were nominated and selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A nursing major, Aubert automatically earns a spot on the Capital One Academic All-America ballot. The first, second, and third-team Academic All-America recipients in women's cross country/track for the 2012-13 athletics season will be announced June 27 following a vote by members of CoSIDA's Academic All-America Committee.
Aubert turned in an outstanding 2012-13 season for the Red Wolves in both cross country and track. In cross country, Aubert attained U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA-I All Region honorsalong with being named All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) First Team.
She became A-State's first women's cross country athlete to compete in the NCAADivision I Cross Country Championships and placed 124th at the 2012 nationalmeet with a personal career-best 20:56.3 time. Aubert played an integral role in helping Arkansas State produce a program-best ninth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA-I South Central Regional Championships (11/9) after notching an ASU all-time best ever second-place finish at the SBC Championships (10/27).
Academically, Aubert was among a selected group of individuals in women's cross country at the NCAA Division I level to receive national scholar-athlete laurels by the USTFCCCA.
In track, Aubert garnered All-SBC Indoor and Outdoor First-Team recognition bywinning the 5,000-meter run event at both conference meets. She took top conference indoor championship honors (2/24-25) in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:09.96 in helping the Red Wolves claim the 2013 SBC Indoor Championship title.
Aubert topped all competitors in the 5,000-meter run at the 2013 SBC Outdoor Championships (5/10-13) by generating a 17:01.92 time and was crowned the SBC Outdoor 10,000-meter champion as a result of clocking a first-place 36:04.62 time. The Red Wolves would go on to place second at the 2013 conference outdoor meet. Aubert qualified for regionals in the 10,000 meters and ran a 36:52.35 time at the NCAA WestPreliminaries (5/23) to finish in 31st place.
The Arkansas State Athletics Honor Roll member (2011-12) is currently the 5,000-meter record holder for both A-State and the Sun Belt Conference.
A native of Crystal Lake, Ill., Aubert achieved SBC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week (10/3) and SBC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week (3/27) kudos during the 2012-13 season.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Aubert is the first Academic All-District selection for A-State track since 2011.
Capital One became the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams program in 2011. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.