Tennessee’s Jackie Areson Joins Women’s Bowerman Watch

March 3, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS Tennessee’s Jackie Areson was added to the women’s watch list for The Bowerman, the award’s watch list committee announced on Thursday. The Lady Vol currently leads the NCAA at 5000 meters and is among the nation’s top three performers in the 3k this season. Most recently at the SEC Indoor Championships, Areson won the 3000 meters and anchored the squad to a conference crown in the DMR.

Also being recognized for the first time this year in the “honorable mention” category is thrower Gwen Berry (Southern Illinois), sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan (LSU), thrower Holly Ozanich (UW Oshkosh), and distance runner Lucy Van Dalen (Stony Brook).


(updated March 3, 2011, listed in alphabetical order)

Jackie Areson SR Tennessee Distance Delray Beach, Fla.
Jessica Beard SR Texas A&M Sprints Euclid, Ohio
LaKya Brookins SR South Carolina Sprints Seneca, S.C.
Ti’erra Brown SR Miami (Fla.) Hurdles Hampton, Va.
Semoy Hackett JR LSU Sprints Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago
Sheila Reid JR Villanova Distance Newmarket, Ont.
Tina Sutej JR Arkansas Pole Vault Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jeneba Tarmoh JR Texas A&M Sprints San Jose, Calif.
Brianne Theisen SR Oregon Combined Events Humboldt, Sask.
Kim Williams SR Florida State Jumps Kingston, Jamaica

Jackie Areson, Tennessee
Senior, Distance, Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic Community HS)

IN 2011: Areson most recently brought two SEC titles to the Lady Vols in the 3000 meters and as anchor of the distance medley relay. The time of 11:05.37 turned in by the DMR team is among the nation’s top five this year. In addition, Areson is the national leader in the 5000 meters with a clocking of 15:39.81 which was captured in winning the event at the Flotrack Husky Classic by nearly five full seconds. Areson’s 3000-meter run in winning the Penn State National in 9:01.91 ranks third in the NCAA this year.


Jessica Beard, Texas A&M
Senior, Sprints, Euclid, Ohio (Euclid HS)

IN 2011: Beard won an unprecedented fourth-straight indoor Big 12 title at 400 meters this past weekend and did so in a collegiate-leading time of 51.68. Beard was named Big 12 Performer of the Year as she also scored second-place honors in the 200 meters at the conference meet and anchored the Aggies to a fifth-straight crown in the 4×400. Her season’s best 200 time of 22.95 ranks fourth in the NCAA. Beard is undefeated in the 400 meters this season.


LaKya Brookins, South Carolina
Senior, Sprints, Seneca, S.C. (Seneca HS)

IN 2011: Brookins has the nation’s leading time in the 60 meters with a 7.14 run captured in winning the SEC title in the event. All told, Brookins has won five-out-of-six finals at the distance this year and has clocked sub-7.20 performances on four occasions, including the last three. Brookins also won 60-meter titles at the Tyson Invitational, the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, and the Texas A&M Challenge.


Ti’erra Brown, Miami (Fla.)
Junior, Hurdles, Hampton, Va. (Hampton HS)

IN 2011: Known mostly for her 400-meter hurdle prowess, Brown has overall had a light indoor season. However, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been competitive. Most recently at the ACC Indoor Championships, Brown placed second overall in the open 400, and won her section of the finals, in a time of 53.25. The time currently stands as the No. 16 time in the NCAA this year and is on the “bubble” to be selected for the NCAA Indoor Championships.


Semoy Hackett, LSU
Sprints, Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago (Bishop’s HS/Lincoln (Mo.))

IN 2011: In her first season as a Division I participant, Hackett has achieved marks in the 60 and 200 that among the nation’s top five in both events. Her season best in the 200 meters of 22.84 is just off the 22.78 leader set by teammate Kimberlyn Duncan in winning the SEC title. In the 60, Hackett is tied with the fifth-best mark of the 2011season at 7.24. Hackett finished runner-up in the SEC in both the 60 and 200.


Sheila Reid, Villanova
Junior, Distance, Newmarket, Ontario

IN 2011: In one of the more impressive showings by anyone at a conference championship this year, Reid won three Big East titles this indoor season. Starting off, she was the winner of the 1000 meters in a very fast 2:43.70, was the third leg of the Wildcats’ winning DMR, and anchor of the squad’s 4×800 team that won a conference crown. Reid holds claim to the second best mark among collegians this year in the 3000 meters, having run 8:56.92 in competition against collegians. At the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, Reid ran a would-be NCAA-leading mark in the mile with an impressive showing against a bevy of professionals in the event’s 3000-meter run. Reid would finish third in that event with a 4:35.30 clocking.


Tina Sutej, Arkansas
Junior, Pole Vault, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Gimnazija Bezigrad)

IN 2011: After having achieved the chance to break the collegiate record in her last four competitions, Sutej was relieved to finally break through with a clearance of 14-10¾ (4.54m) to reset the record in winning the SEC title in the event. Sutej broke the 2002 record of Amy Linnen Undoubtedly the most consistent in the vault this season, Sutej has cleared more than 14-6 (4.42m) four times this season and has won six-straight events.


Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M
Junior, Sprints, San Jose, Calif. (Mt. Pleasant HS/Tennessee)

IN 2011: Tarmoh has been busy to start the 2011 season. Including relays and all rounds, Tarmoh has contested 22 races in the 60, 200, and 4×400. Like Hackett, Tarmoh is also in the nation’s top five in the 60 (7.24, tied fifth) and 200 (22.88, third). Tarmoh was the Big 12 Champion in the 200 meters, runner-up in the 60, and helped the Aggies to another conference victory in the 4×400. Additional winning credits from 2011 include a victory in the 200 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and in the 60 at the Texas A&M Conference Challenge on January 15.


Brianne Theisen, Oregon
Senior, Combined Events, Humboldt, Saskatchewan (Humboldt Collegiate Institute)

IN 2011: Theisen has already claimed a collegiate-record to begin the 2011 season. On January 28 at the Washington Invitational, Theisen scored 4,507 points in the heptathlon to top the previous mark of 4,498 set by Arizona State’s Jacquelyn Johnson in 2008. With a high jump of 6-0 (1.83m) in the record-setting pentathlon, Theisen also ranks in seventh in the NCAA this season in that event. In addition, Theisen has won nine-straight combined-event competitions against collegiate competition with the win at the UW Invitational. At the MPSF Championships, Theisen sat out the pentathlon, but competed in four other events, including leading-off the Ducks 4×400 to victory, placing second in the high jump, and third in the 60-meter hurdles.


Kim Williams, Florida State
Senior, Jumps, Kingston, Jamaica (Vere Technical HS)

IN 2011: Netted impressive performances in both long and triple jumps at the ACC Championships. In becoming the first in ACC Championship history to win an event for a fourth time, Williams triple jumped to a collegiate-leading mark of 45-9¾ (13.96m). In addition, the previous day, Williams won the ACC long jump title with a leap of 21-6 (6.55m) – a performance that ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this year.


The Bowerman Advisory Board appointed four of its members to comprise The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee and another four of its members to make up The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee. The committee will release their next women’s update on Thursday, March 17. The three men and three women finalists will be named late June.

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Nia Ali SR Southern California Combined Events Philadelphia, Pa.
Marie Louise Asselin SR West Virginia Distance Sarnia, Ont.
Joanna Atkins SR Auburn Sprints Stone Mountain, Ga.
Brigetta Barrett SO Arizona Jumps Duncanville, Texas
Gwen Berry SR Southern Illinois Throws St. Louis, Mo.
Kimberlyn Duncan SO LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
Colleen Felix JR Georgia Jumps St. Andrews, Grenada
Sheniqua Ferguson SR Auburn Sprints Nassau, Bahamas
Melissa Gergel SR Oregon Pole Vault Glenwood, Ill.
Jordan Hasay SO Oregon Sophomore Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Amber Kaufman SR Hawai’i Jumps San Jose, Calif.
Liz Lawton SR Chicago Distance North Easton, Mass.
Chantel Malone SR Texas Jumps/Sprints Tortola, British V.I.
Gabby Mayo JR Texas A&M Sprints/Hurdles Raleigh, N.C.
Chaunte McMillan SR Nebraska Combined Events Rolla, Mo.
Lauryn Newson JR Oregon Jumps Richmond, Calif.
Holly Ozanich SR UW Oshkosh Throws Green Bay, Wis.
Ashton Purvis FR Miami (Fla.) Sprints Oakland, Calif.
Faith Sherrill SR Indiana Throws Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Karen Shump SO Oklahoma Throws Media, Pa.
Neely Spence JR Shippensburg Distance Shippensburg, Pa.
Kate Van Buskirk SR Duke Mid-Distance Brampton, Ont.
Lucy Van Dalen SR Stony Brook Distance Wanganui, N.Z.