Nov. 3, 2009
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A third-place finish from Jackie Areson at the SEC Championships on Saturday morning earned the Tennessee senior cross country runner her third Lady Vol Athlete of the Week nod of the year on Tuesday.
Areson, who hails from Delray Beach, Fla., grabbed departmental honors after racing to a career-best third-place performance at the conference meet in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday morning. The senior covered the rain-soaked Ole Miss Golf Course 6,000-meter layout in 21 minutes, 12.13 seconds to collect a bronze medal from the 101-runner competition. For her handiwork, she earned the first All-SEC cross country accolades of her career, walking away with first-team honors.
It marked the third time in 2009 Areson has achieved departmental recognition. She also was cited as Lady Vol Athlete of the Week on Sept. 21 and Oct. 5 after her efforts at the Crimson Classic and Brooks Paul Short Run and collected SEC Female Runner of the Week kudos on Oct. 6 as well.
The SEC performance by Areson, who led UT to the finish line for the fifth straight meet this season and scored for the squad in her 21st-straight meet, enabled the Lady Vols to bypass No. 29 Arkansas and chart a surprising runner-up result behind No. 5 Florida. The Lady Vols now have turned in nine consecutive top-three finishes at the league meet and five top-two efforts under head coach J.J. Clark.
Areson and her teammates will return to action in two weeks, as they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to compete in the NCAA South Regional at Alabama's Harry Pritchett Running Park. Race time is 11 a.m. Central time.