Areson Cruises To NCAA Division I's Best 5K Time, Runs No. 2 Mark In Lady Vol History

March 27, 2010

By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations

STANFORD, Calif. -- Jackie Areson has picked up where she left off during the indoor track season. Running at the Stanford Invitational late Friday night, the University of Tennessee senior logged the second-fastest time in Lady Vol history and the best NCAA Division I mark in the nation thus far in 2010 to place second in the 5000 meters.

Areson, one of 106 competitors entered in four sections of the 5K at a meet known for its outstanding distance running, posted a career--best readout of 15 minutes, 51.56 seconds to finish second. Only Seattle Pacific's Jessica Pixler turned in a better time, checking in at 15:44.07. They were among only six in the entire field to break the 16-minute mark.

After breaking Patty Wiegand's Tennessee indoor records in the 3K and 5K earlier this season, Areson took a shot at Kathy Bryant's outdoor 5K standard that has stood since June 26, 1982. She wound up checking in at No. 2 in the Big Orange record book, just behind Bryant's 15:37.73 UT best, which was produced during international competition in Oslo, Norway. Bryant previously owned the No. 2 time, as well, with another 1982 outburst of 15:54.5.

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