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Former UT Track Standouts To Aid U.S. Cause At Pan Am Games

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A pair of former Tennessee track & field standouts will represent the United States on Oct. 27 and 28, when they compete in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    Former Vol sprinter Rubin Williams (2005-08) and former Lady Vol distance runner Jackie Areson (2007-11) will be on hand at Telmex Athletics Stadium for the 16th edition of the Pan Am Games, which ranks as the world's second-largest multi-sport event behind the Summer Olympics.   Williams is slated to run in the 4x100m relay semifinals at 3:45 p.m. ET (2:45 p.m. CT) on Thursday and in the finals at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT)  on Friday, should the U.S. advance.  Areson, meanwhile, will have only one race, the 1500m final, at 6:05 p.m. ET (5:05 p.m. CT) on Thursday.

    During his UT career, Williams was a 16-time All-American and five-time SEC champion, winning an NCAA Indoor title in the 200 meters in 2008 and finishing second indoors and out in the 200m in 2007.  At the SEC level, he raced to indoor crowns in the 55m in 2006, and the 200m in 2007 and 2008, as well as outdoor titles in the 200m (2007) and 4x100m relay (2007).

    Areson, meanwhile, was a four-time All-American and five-time SEC victor on the oval, winning an NCAA Indoor crown in the 5000 meters in 2011. She also claimed SEC crowns in the 3000m (indoors) in 2011, the distance medley relay in 2010 and 2011 and the 5000m (indoors/outdoors) in 2010.  In cross country, she earned All-South Region distinction in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and was All-SEC in 2009 during a career that saw her make three appearances at the NCAA Championship meet.

To follow the track & field (athletics) portion of the 2011 Pan Am Games, please go to the
2011 Pan Am Games Results Site.

UT Cross Country Teams Open 2011 Season Today

The UT cross country teams open the 2011 season this evening in Nashville at the Belmont-VU Opener. The Knoxville News Sentinel's Mike Strange sets the scene for the Vols and Lady Vols here:

Knoxville News Sentinel: UT Cross Country Teams Ready To Run As One.

Bodary, Rainey on SEC Men's XC Watch List

Two Vol cross country runners were among 22 named to the 2011 SEC Men's Cross Country Preseason Watch List on Thursday. Making the cut were senior Chris Bodary and sophomore Jake Rainey.

To read about Bodary and Rainey, and see everyone on the SEC list, please go to the SEC Digital Network. 

Bodary and Rainey, as well as the UT men's and women's cross country teams, will open their 2011 campaign on Friday, as they travel to Nashville for the Belmont-VU Opener at Percy Warner Park.  For more information on that event, please go to UTSports.com.

Former Vols Aid In Hood To Coast Triumph

Four former Vol track & field/cross country athletes were members of a Knoxville Track Club team that won the 30th-annual Hood To Coast Relay in Oregon over the weekend.

Andy Baksa, Stewart Ellington, Chris Kane and Michael Spooner helped the KTC win the 200-mile, two-day race, known as the "Mother of All Relays." The race started Friday on Mount Hood and finished on Saturday in Seaside.

Click on the following link to read the Knoxville News Sentinel account of what happened in order for the squad to win.

Five Questions With J.J. Clark

The SEC Digital Network asked UT Director of Track & Field and Cross Country J.J. Clark five questions about the upcoming cross country season.  See his answers here: SEC Digital Network.

Former Vol Runners Gearing Up For "Mother Of All Relays"

Four former Vol cross country/track & field standouts are among 12 members of the Knoxville Track Club who are training to compete in the upcoming 30th-annual Hood To Coast Relay in Oregon.

The 197-mile race, nicknamed "The Mother of All Relays," starts on Aug. 26 at Mt. Hood and finishes at Seaside, Ore.

To read Dave Alderman's story in the Knoxville News Sentinel about Big Orange letterwinners Andy Baksa, Stewart Ellington, Chris Kane and Michael Spooner, who will run legs for that team, please visit the knoxnews.com story at http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/aug/07/knoxville-track-club-preps-for-oregon-event/.

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