Jackie Areson hopes to meet the NCAA 5K automatic qualifying standard in Seattle.
Feb. 10, 2010
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- While the rest of her teammates will depart Friday to compete in Saturday's Texas A&M Challenge in College Station, Texas, Lady Vol distance runner Jackie Areson made the long trek to Seattle, Wash., on Wednesday. The UT senior will compete Friday night in the University of Washington's Husky Classic, a meet well-known for producing fast times in the distance events.
Areson, who already has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship meet in the 3000 meters, will try to make the national field in the 5000 on Friday night. The product of Delray Beach, Fla., is slated to compete in one of three sections of the 5K, which start at 9:30, 9:50 and 10:10 p.m. Eastern time, respectively, at Dempsey Indoor, UW's indoor track & field facility.
Two weekends ago, at the Penn State National Invitational, Areson earned a trip to the March 12-13 NCAA meet in Fayetteville, Ark., via the 3000 meters, logging a school-record and victorious time of nine minutes, 7.27 seconds. She's also provisionally qualified in the mile, running a career-best readout of 4:43.85 on Jan. 22 at the Hokie Invitational.
"Every year, I look to see where the better (distance) competition is, and it seems to be at this meet," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "I decided, `why not go ahead and take Jackie out there and see if she can get into a good flow in the 5K.' That's our plan.
"It allows me to get Jackie into a meet she needs on Friday, and to get our men's and women's teams to a top-notch track and good meet (at Texas A&M) and get the quality work they need," said Clark, who will take a red-eye flight from Seattle to Houston to be with his troops in College Station for the Texas A&M competition on Saturday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee women slipped one spot to sixth this week in the third regular-season edition of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Rankings.
The Lady Vols, who peaked at No. 5 last week, stand behind No. 1 Texas A&M, No. 2 BYU, No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Florida. Trailing the Big Orange to close out the top 10 are Clemson, Villanova, Penn State and Florida State.
A&M and No. 16 UTEP will be the two ranked women's teams Tennessee will see in College Station at Saturday's Texas A&M Challenge. On the men's side, the Vols, who are not ranked, face ranked foes in No. 1 Texas A&M and No. 10 Texas Tech.