Austin  Whitelaw

Austin Whitelaw

Monroe, Mich.

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 140


Year (XC/In/Out):

5K: 15:05.20 (2010)
8K: 24:46.39 (2014)
10K: 30:24.30 (2014)

Mile: 4:08.51 (2013)
3000m: 8:04.51 (2016)
5000m: 14:02.87 (2016)

800m: 1:57.90 (H.S.)
1500m: 3:49.35 (2014)
3000m 8:27.74 (2016)
5000m: 13:58.54 (2016)
10,000m: 29:54.46 (2016)


2013 Indoor 3000m: 9th, 8:11.68
2013 Indoor 5000m: 19th, 14:55.15
2013 Outdoor 5000m: 35th, 15:58.26
2014 Indoor 3000m: 7th, 8:10.67
2014 Indoor 5000m: 9th, 14:22.60
2014 Outdoor 5000m: 30th, 15:11.07
2015 Indoor 5000m: 6th, 14:09.49
2015 Outdoor 5000m: 16th, 14:36.18
2016 Indoor 3000m: 3rd, 8:31.86
2016 Indoor 5000m: 1st, 14:02.47
2016 Outdoor 10,000m: 19th, 29:54.46

  • Qualified for first-ever NCAA Cross Country Championships in 2014
  • UT Freshman Record holder in the 3000m and the 5000m
  • 2013 Indoor SEC All-Freshman team (3000m)
  • 2011 SEC Cross Country All-Freshman Team
  • 2011 SEC Cross Country Men's Freshman of the Week (Sept. 20)
  • 2011-12 Vol Freshman of the Year for Cross Country

  • At the SEC Championships in the 5000 meters, placed fourth with a time of 14:02.87, the fourth best 5000m time in program history
  • Placed 18th at the SEC Championships in the 3000m with a time of 8:31.86
  • Set the seventh best 3000 meter time in program history at the Husky Classic (8:04.51) on his way to a 22nd place finish
  • Tallied another win in the 3000 meters at the Conference Clash (8:05.59)
  • Opened the season with a win in the 3000 meters (8:18.09) at the Indiana-Tennessee Dual
  • Finished sixth in the 10,000 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships (29:54.46)
  • Set a new personal record with a time of 13:58.54 at the Penn Relays, placing third
  • Finished second at the Shamrock Invitational in his only 300 meter race of the outdoor season (8:27.74)

  • Placed sixth at the SEC Championships in the 5000m with a time of 14:09.49
  • Finished third in 3000m at the Hokie Invitational with a time of 8:23.23
  • Made his season debut at the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 17, finishing sixth in the mile (4:13.66)
  • Recorded a new personal record of 14:06.84 in the 5000m run at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 14
  • Finished 18th in the 5000m at the NCAA East Preliminary Round (14:22.51)
  • Placed fifteenth at the Florida Relays in the 5000m and set a new personal record with a time of 13:58.69
  • Helped Tennessee finish in fourth place and run its best time of the season in the DMR at the Penn Relays (9:58.66)

  • Earned his first berth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships after finishing seventh at the NCAA South Regional with a career-best 10K time of 30:24.30
  • Earned All-Region honors for the second consecutive season
  • Picked up his first career All-SEC honors after finishing 11th with a career-best 8K time of 24:46.39
  • Came in as UT's top finisher in four of the six races in which he finished in 2014
  • Recorded four top 20 finishes during his senior campaign
  • Finished a season-best sixth overall at the Crimson Classic on Oct. 17, running the 8K course in 25:13.99
  • Concludes his Volunteer career with 13 top 50 finishes, including four inside the top 20 and four more inside the top 10, in 21 career races

  • Scored indoor best of 8:10.67 at SEC Indoors, placing 7th in 3000m
  • Earned 9th at SEC Championships in 5000m with time of 14:22.60
  • Winner of 5000m at Virginia Tech Invite where he also finished 9th in 1000m debut
  • Pair of top-five finishes in mile at Blazer Invitational (1/11) and Aggie Invitational (2/8)
  • Represented UT at SEC Championships in 5000m placing 30th
  • Finished fourth in 3000m outdoor debut at Tennessee Challenge 5/3/14
  • Made outdoor debut and won 10,000m at Tennessee Relays
  • Improved upon outdoor best in 5000m two consecutive meets, most recently at Penn Relays 4/26/14
  • Season best time of 3:49.35 at Alabama Relays

  • Four Top-25 performances in five total races
  • Finished 22nd at NCAA South Regionals, setting new PR of 30:39.49 in 10K
  • Established new career best of 25:04.95 in the 8K
  • Scorer for the Vols all season

  • Indoor SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Earned Tennessee Freshman Records in both the indoor 3000m and 5000m
  • Was the top finisher on the team in the 3000m at the SEC Championships, finishing in a personal best and UT freshman best time of 8:11.68, placing ninth...Ran the 5000m the next day, finishing that in 14:55.15 to place 19th
  • Placed ninth in the mile at the Tyson Invitational in a career-best 4:08.51
  • Set a new UT freshman record and a new personal record in the 5000m, finishing in 14:18.11 and placing third in the Championship division at the Armory Invitational
  • Won the 3000m at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge, finishing in a personal record 8:20.45
  • Ran the 3000m at the Virginia Tech Invitational, dropping his time to a then-career best 8:37.59...Was a member of the fourth-place DMR team at the Virginia Tech Invitational, bringing the baton across the line in 10:17.41
  • Was UT's top performer in the mile at the Kentucky Invitational, finishing sixth in a personal best time of 4:14.39...Ran the final leg of the first-place DMR, which finished in 10:07.97
  • 35th at SEC Championship in 5000m with 15:58.26
  • Career best of 14:46.29 in 5000m at Raleigh Relays

  • Placed second on the team and eighth overall at the Belmont Opener, finishing in 15:42.80
  • Helped the Vols to a third-place team finish with a time of 25:26.79, placing third on the team and 24th overall
  • Scored for the Vols at the Brooks Paul Short Run, finishing 107th overall and fourth on the team in 25:30

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  • Scored in all six meets as a rookie
  • Made the SEC All-Freshman Team as the fourth finishing rookie at the league meet
  • His 25:16.11 clocking enabled him to finish 32nd overall and third among UT runners
  • Ran a 10K PR of 33:32.7 to place third on the team and 80th overall at the NCAA South Regional
  • Ran second for the team and was 33rd overall in 25:59.93 at the 8K Crimson Classic
  • Was UT's third finisher and placed 251st overall in 26:32 at the 8K Brooks Paul Short Run
  • Carved out a third-place overall finish, placing second on the team, with his 25:32.32 effort at the 8K Tennessee Invitational
  • Contributed to UT's scoring total in his first collegiate meet, placing 23rd overall and fifth on the team in 16:09.24 on the 5K trail at the Belmont-VU Opener
  • Named the Vol Freshman of the Year

  • Fourth in 3200m at state track championships as a senior, running 9:35.84, and sixth as a junior in 9:21.53
  • Ran his PR (9:17.10) in that event at the 2011 Midwest Meet of Championships
  • His 1600m best is 4:18.86, which he carded in a seventh-place result at the 2010 state meet
  • Had a 25:10.11 prep 8K cross country race to his credit
  • Earned 2009 and 2010 all-state acclaim in cross country and from 2009-11 in track & field
  • As a senior, he finished second in the Michigan State Cross Country Championships - Lower Peninsula and won the Region 4 meet a week earlier with a PR 5K time of 15:05.20
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude

  • Born June 27, 1993, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • Interested in biochemistry
  • Parents are Susan Costello and David Whitelaw
  • Has three younger siblings: Ethan and Bryan Costello and Wyatt Whitelaw
  • Attended same high school as former Vol and U.S. Olympian Todd Williams
  • Recipient of the Jones C. Beene / Plastic Industries Scholarship


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