ASU Track and Field athletes receive USTFCCCA academic recognition

From Arkansas State University

Six student-athletes of the Arkansas State University track and field teams have been recognized for their outstanding performances both on the track and in the classroom for the 2012-13 season by earning academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in an announcement made Wednesday (July 24) afternoon by the USTFCCCA.

Kristina Aubert and Stephanie Foreman of the women's team along with Lucas Bateman, Joey Meyer, Chris Nicasio, and Will Oliver of the men's squad all earned USTFCCCA Scholastic All-Academic recognition.  The A-State women's team earned a team Scholastic All-Academic Award as a result of posting a 3.16 grade point average for the 2013 spring semester.

Aubert, a junior, attained All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Indoor and Outdoor Track First-Team laurels this season by capturing the 5,000-meter run title at both conference meets.  She was crowned the 10,000-meter champion at the SBC's Outdoor Meet and was a NCAA West Preliminaries participant in the 10,000-meter run.  Aubert, who hails from Crystal Lake, Ill., is a nursing major and was a USTFCCCA Division I Scholar-Athlete selection in cross country.  The 2012 USTFCCA NCAA-I All-Region and first-team All-SBC pick, became ASU's first women's cross country runner to compete in the NCAA Championships

Foreman, who was crowned both the SBC's indoor and outdoor pole vault champion four years apiece (2009-11, 2013), claimed honorable mention All-America accolades following her 17th-place performance at the 2013 national outdoor championships.  The senior from Hot Springs, Ark., set a SBC Championships record and a conference outdoor season best mark in the pole vault this spring.  She also is the Red Wolves' current pole vault record holder for both the indoor and outdoor seasons.  Foreman, an art major, was tabbed as the 2012-13 recipient of A-State Athletics' Terry Gwin Award for leadership, citizenship, scholarship, and athletic performance.

Bateman earned all-conference second-team plaudits in the indoor campaign by placing second in the 55-meter hurdles at the league championships.  A senior, Bateman turned in a sixth-place showing in the 110-meter hurdles at the SBC Outdoor Championships and was a 2013 NCAA West Preliminaries qualifier.  A native of Waynesville, Mo., Bateman majored in sports administration.

A junior, Meyer was one of the Red Wolves' top performers at the SBC Outdoor Championships with a pair of top-four finishes in the 200 and 100-meter dashes.  The West Plains, Mo., product produced a runner-up showing in the 200 meters at the league's outdoor meet to receive second-team all-league kudos and had a fourth-place effort in the 100-meters.  Meyer qualified for the NCAA West Prelims and would go on to notch a 19th-place finish in the200-meters event.  At the SBC Indoor Championships, Meyer raced a second-place time in the 200 meters to attain second-team all-conference distinction.  Meyer is a radiological sciences major.

Nicasio, a junior from San Antonio, Texas, was a first-team All-SBC selection in theoutdoor season.  He won the hammer throw at the outdoor league meet to go with a pair of fifth-place performances in the discus and shot put.  A mathematics major, Nicasio placed 16th in the hammer throw at the 2013 NCAA West Preliminaries.  He would claim the top place position in the weight throw at the conference indoor championships and was recognized as an all-league first teamer as a result.

Oliver attained all-conference second-team honors at the league's indoor championships with a runner-up showing in the men's heptathlon.  A junior, Oliver also achieved second-team all-league laurels in outdoor track after placing second in the decathlon.  The Memphis, Tenn., native is majoring in exercise science.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of these athletic standards.  Indoor season – a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by  Outdoor season – a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championship (including preliminary rounds).

Arkansas State Women's USTFCCCA All-Academic Award Recipients

Kristina Aubert
Stephanie Foreman

Arkansas State Men's USTFCCCA All-Academic Award Recipients

Lucas Bateman
Joey Meyer
Chris Nicasio
Will Oliver