Nov. 23, 2009
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Two University of Tennessee seniors closed out their collegiate cross country careers on Monday afternoon, competing in the NCAA Championships on the LaVern Gibson Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.
Running in her third and final NCAA meet, Jackie Areson (Delray Beach, Fla.) covered the rolling 6,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 52.8 seconds to finish 177th out of 254 runners. Katie Van Horn (Glendora, N.J.), meanwhile, checked in 202nd with a time of 22:06.0 in her second national appearance.
In a surprise development, Angela Bizzarri of Illinois captured the individual crown with a 19:46.8 readout after favorite Jenny Barringer of Colorado faltered during the race and Florida State's Susan Kuijken was unable to keep pace when Bizzarri decided to make her move. Villanova claimed the women's team title, scoring 86 points to easily out-distance runner-up Florida State (133). Tennessee did not qualify its team for the meet.
Areson concluded her cross country career as a three-time All-South Region honoree and earned All-SEC accolades for the first time in 2009. She will wrap up her collegiate running career on the oval this spring. Van Horn, meanwhile, also garnered a trio of All-South certificates during her days in orange and was named all-conference on two occasions on the trails. Her action in Terre Haute will go down as the final race of her college days, as she had previously exhausted her eligibility on the track last spring.