Jackie Areson joined the University of Houston cross country and track and field programs in August 2012. She currently runs professionally for Nike and represents Australia internationally.
In 2013, she qualified for the World Championships in Russia, eventually making the final and placing 15th. She recorded a personal best of 15:12.09 at the Paris Diamond League, which vaulted her to the 6th fastest Australian women ever over 5,000 meters. In 2012, she won two of the most competitive professional meets in the U.S., including the Stanford Invitational (15:18) and Oxy high performance meet (15:14).
She also managed to finish 2nd at the U.S. indoor championships in the 3,000m, which allowed her to run the 2012 world indoor championships in Turkey. She advanced to the final and ended up finishing in 11th place. During her first professional season, she managed to make the finals in her "off event", the 1,500m at the 2011 USA outdoor championships.
Before embarking on her professional career, Areson competed for the University of Tennessee. While there, Areson won the 2011 NCAA indoor championship in the 5,000m as well as recording a 4th place finish in the 3,000m at the same meet. As a Volunteer, she was a 4-time All-American, 5-time SEC conference champion, and a 3-time NCAA XC national championship qualifier. Her illustrious career also included school records in the 3,000m and 5,000m runs, as well as Penn Relay championships in the DMR and 4x1,500m relays.
Prior to her collegiate success, Jackie attended high school in Florida where she was a multi-time High school All American. Her HS running success culminated in becoming the 2006 Nike indoor nationals champion in the mile.
She currently holds personal bests of 4:12.59 for 1,500m and 15:12.09 for 5,000m.
Jackie was born in Hong Kong where she lived on a boat until the age of 11 and moved to Florida. She holds a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Tennessee and has a dog named Mala.