Ashley Aldredge, a Natchitoches native who also grew up in Montgomery and Ruston (Cedar Creek School product), bolted for the big college spotlight of Texas A&M after being a highly recruited prospect. She lasted just eight weeks, saying she was homesick for the closeness of her small town.
Aldredge said coming back home and to Northwestern State is one of the best decisions she’s ever made, having a support system of family and friends to help raise Tate while she attends school, practice and even assists in managing the family restaurants (Mama’s Oyster House and Papa’s Bar and Grill) on Natchitoches’ Front Street.
Aldredge will make her first NCAA Women’s Track and Field Championships appearance Thursday in Eugene, Oregon.
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