ESPN The Magazine Kudos For Track Trio

June 3, 2010

By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee led all schools with three honorees Thursday, when the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Team was announced by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America.

First-team Lady Vol recipients included seniors Phoebe Wright and Jackie Areson, while sophomore Chanelle Price was named to the second team. Wright, who earned distinction for the third straight season, has a 3.96 grade point average in the double major of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and ecology and evolutionary biology. Areson (3.62 in ecology and evolutionary biology) and Price (3.93 in journalism and electronic media) were first-time selections.

Wright, who has already racked up the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award for all sports as well as the SEC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete Award in 2010, has had an incredible season on the oval. The native of Signal Mountain, Tenn., swept SEC Indoor and Outdoor titles in the 800 meters and ran a leg on UT's meet-record-setting distance medley relay (DMR) unit indoors. After claiming the NCAA Indoor crown in the 800 in March, the eight-time All-American will attempt to complete a season sweep nationally as well next week, as she enters with the No. 1 time in the NCAA Outdoor Championships field at 2:00.87.

Areson has blossomed into a dominant distance runner in her final season at Rocky Top. She won SEC 5000m titles indoors and out, contributed to a league DMR title indoors and picked up the first All-America nods of her career when she placed third in the 5K and fourth in the 3K at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Next week, she will attempt to add NCAA Outdoor 5K accolades to her belt when she runs in Eugene, Ore.

Though Price saw her outdoor season shortened due to injury, she made a splash before hanging up her spikes in 2010. During the indoor campaign, the product of Easton, Pa., charted a runner-up SEC Indoor finish in the 800 meters and ran the 800m leg on UT's meet-record-setting DMR quartet. The four-time All-American also held down the 800m leg as UT won its third straight NCAA DMR title and placed fourth individually at that meet in the 800. Outdoors, her biggest splash came at the Penn Relays, where she, Wright and Areson all played roles in helping Tennessee win the distance medley, 4x1500m and 4x800m relays for the second straight season.





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