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Areson Qualifies for World Finals in 5,000

MOSCOW -- Former Lady Vol Jackie Areson recorded the 10th-best time in the preliminaries of the 5,000-meter run Wednesday to qualify for the finals at the IAAF World Championships.

Areson, who competes for Australia, was eighth in her heat in 15 minutes, 40.21 seconds. Meseret Defar of Ethiopia had the fastest time in 15:22.94. 

The finals will be held Saturday.

In other former UT athlete results at the World Championships, Sarah Bowman Brown finished 22nd in the semifinals of the 1,500 on Tuesday, clocking a time of 4:12.16.

Merritt Sixth in 110 Hurdles at World Championships

MOSCOW -- World-record holder and Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles Monday at the IAAF World Championships. 

Merritt crossed the finish line in 13.31. The USA had a 1-2 finish with David Oliver winning (13.00) and Ryan Wilson taking bronze. 

"Obviously in a hurdle race, if you hit hurdles you don't win," Merritt told USA Track and Field. "Last year was the perfect year. I didn't hit any hurdles, I was flawless. This time I made mistakes and I'm not the champion.  That's pretty much how it boils down. 

"I'm not really disappointed. I'm happy that I could walk away from that race injury-free. Obviously, the semifinal was a huge scare. I had to expend so much energy, because I literally thought someone false started. So I sat in the blocks thinking they were going to shoot the gun twice. I expended way too much energy in the semifinal to run myself into the final.  The guys who got it done here deserve all the credit and the utmost respect."

In 2012, Merritt won the Olympic gold in the 110 hurdles and set the world record later in the year. He was coming off a back injury at the World Championships.
On August 4, we celebrate the birthdays of Vol distance runner Jordan Chaney, former Lady Vol swimmer Courtney Ciesielski and former men's golfer Justin Walker.

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On July 22, we send Happy Birthday wishes to recent Lady Vol track & field alum Nijgia Snapp. Also celebrating birthdays today are former men's tennis star Tennys Sandgren and former Vol hoops player Craig Diegel.

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Happy Birthday - July 21: Antonio Carter, Tamika Catchings

On July 21, we wish Happy Birthday to current Vol middle distance runner Antonio Carter. Also celebrating is legendary women's basketball player and current member of the Indiana Fever Tamika Catchings. A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Catchings captured her first WNBA Championship in 2012. 

Antonio Carter


On July 18, we celebrate the birthdays of three Lady Vols. Women's track & field sprinter Kianna Ruff turns 21, while recent Lady Vol soccer alum Alexis Owens and former Lady Vol rower Emily Krison turn 22 today.

  

Happy Birthday - July 16: J.R. Carr, Jamol James

On July 16, we send Happy Birthday wishes to Vol sprinter Jamol James and Vol football long snapper J.R. Carr.

 

Happy Birthday - June 27: Raiques Crump, Austin Whitelaw

Celebrating birthdays on June 27 are rising senior linebacker Raiques Crump and sophomore distance runner Austin Whitelaw.

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Happy Birthday - June 22: Arnez Hardnick, Carson Frost

Celebrating birthdays on June 22 are a pair of Vol track & field athletes. All-American sprinter Arnez Hardnick turns 22 today, while redshirt freshman thrower Carson Frost turns 20. 

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The first official day of summer is a popular day for Vol birthdays, as we wish happy birthday to current Vols Terrance Livingston (track & field), Marshall Talkington (golf) and Jaron Toney (football) today. 2012 Vol tennis graduate Bryan Swartz and one of the greatest linebackers in UT history, Al Wilson, are also celebrating birthdays today.

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