Monday, November 5, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Augusta State men’s cross country team had three of its seven runners earn NCAA All-Southeast Region honors, the United State Track and Field and Cross County Coaches Association announced Monday.
ASU juniors Jaiden Brandt and Dustin Ross and freshman Josh Stockton were each named to the 2012 All-Region team at the conclusion of the NCAA Southeast Regional at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C.
Brandt led the Jaguars with a fourth-place finish in the 10K, improving his place and time since last year. His effort marked the fourth top-10 finish in six races this season. He also earned Peach Belt Conference All-Academic and All-Conference awards in 2012 after his second-place finish at the Jaguar Invitational on Friday, Oct. 5, and his fourth-place finish at the PBC Championships on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Ross earned all-region honors for the second consecutive year -- crossing the line 17th overall -- and also bettered his time from last year. He finished in the top three for ASU, good for 18th overall, at the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional. He paced the Jags in the Montevallo Falcon Classic on Saturday, Sept. 22, where he finished first overall in the 8K.
Stockton, a freshman from Woodstock, Ga., raced in all six meets this season. He took 23rd overall in this year’s regionals, finishing third for the Jags. Stockton finished in the top five for ASU in five of the six races his rookie season, including a 10th-place showing at the Jaguar Invitational.
ASU concluded its cross country season with the 2012 Southeast Regional, but Brandt’s fourth-place finish qualified him for the NCAA Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Joplin, Mo. This is the first time the ASU Cross Country program had an individual qualify for the championships.
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