Aubert concludes solid season at NCAA Cross Country Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. ( – Kristina Aubert closed out another outstanding season at Arkansas State University as she competed in the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Championships this Saturday (Nov. 23) at Terre Haute, Ind.

Aubert, a redshirt junior, finished 124th place among 253 runners in the national meet as she registered a 21:28.9 time on the 6K LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center despite running on a 30-degree day with wind gusts howling at 20 miles per hour.       

"Kristina did a good job getting out from the start line and much better this year as compared to last year," said A-State cross country head coach Kyle Chandler.  "Though she did not obtain her placing goal at this national race, she did have an excellent season.  I am proud of her efforts throughout this fall campaign."

A two-time (2012 and 2013) NCAA-I All South Central Region Team selection by the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Aubert was making her second NCAA Championships appearance after becoming the first A-State cross country athlete to participate in the national meet a season ago.  Aubert, a two-time first-team All-Sun Belt Conference (SBC) honoree and the 2013 SBC individual medalist, ran a 20:56.3 time in the 2012 NCAA Championships (Nov. 17) held at Louisville, Ky.

"It has been enjoyable watching Kristina learn how to race better each year I've coached her," said Chandler.  "I'm excited to see how she applies the lessons from today to her future races."

Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino took top individual honors as she turned in a first-place 20:00.3 time while Providence was crowned the 2013 national champions in the 31-team field by generating 141 points.