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The 24-year-old Areson had a breakout year in 2012, catapulting herself from a solid college runner at the University of Tennessee to one of the best 5,000 meter runners in the U.S. At the Stanford Invitational last April, Areson slashed a massive 33 seconds off her previous personal best for 5,000m, clocking 15:18.31 to defeat eventual Olympian Lisa Uhl. At the time, Areseon’s performance was the fastest outdoor 5,000m time in the world for 2012. Areson would go on to lower her personal best by another 4 seconds in May, winning the Oxy High Performance meet in 15:14.31 over Uhl and Deena Kastor. The Nike-sponsored Areson, who trains in Houston under the watchful eye of her coach, Steve Magness, won’t catch as many people by surprise in her second year as a professional.