March 7, 2011
By Eric Trainer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Monday was a very special day for Lady Vol distance runner Jackie Areson. The senior from Delray Beach, Fla., picked up two huge awards, garnering SEC Indoor Women's Runner of the Year acclaim and adding USTCCCA Indoor South Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year distinction.
Areson is the third straight UT woman to win the SEC recognition, following in the footsteps of Sarah Bowman in 2009 and Phoebe Wright in 2010. She follows Wright as the winner of the USTFCCCA South Region award as well.
A product of Atlantic Community School, Areson is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in the 5000 meters and No. 3 in the 3000 meters this season, having registered school records of 15:39.81 and 9:01.91, respectively, in those events. She is automatically qualified at both of those distances for the upcoming NCAA Indoor Championship meet and remains undefeated in all races in 2011.
Among Areson's most impressive accomplishments this season, she broke a 24-year-old meet record in winning the 3000m at the SEC Indoor Championships in 9:10.49 and anchored UT to another meet record in the distance medley relay. That unit, with Areson's help on the final 1600 meters, won by an astounding 32 seconds and qualified for NCAAs in 11:05.37. That mark ranks No. 7 in the country.
During her career, Areson is a two-time All-American and 10-time SEC scorer, claiming three individual league titles and two more with relay teams. The indoor campaign is her final hurrah, as she exhausted her outdoor eligibility in 2010.
For a listing of all the 2011 SEC Indoor Track & Field Awards, please go to the SEC website.
To view the 2011 USTFCCCA Indoor Track & Field Awards, please go to the USTFCCCA website.