March 3, 2010
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Jackie Areson and Katie Van Horn, a pair of seniors who paced this year's University of Tennessee women's cross country team to a runner-up SEC finish and qualified individually for the NCAA Championship meet, have been accorded "All-Academic" status by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The USTFCCCA honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 grade point average and finish among the top 15 runners (or top 10 percent) at their respective NCAA Regional cross country meet.
Academically, Areson and Van Horn posted GPAs of 3.62 and 3.64, respectively, in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Statistics. It marked the third time that each of them had been selected by the USTFCCCA for this distinction.
A product of Delray Beach, Fla., Areson was UT's top finisher at every race in 2009. She posted individual third-place finishes at the SEC Championships and NCAA South Regional, earning All-SEC and All-South Region kudos for her performances. She capped her season and career at the NCAA Championship meet, where she placed 177th.
A native of Glendora, N.J., Van Horn filled the second or third positions for the Lady Vols in five team races in 2009. She earned All-SEC and All-South Region status for finishing 13th and 10th, respectively at the SEC and regional meets. She also qualified for the NCAA Championships, placing 202nd.