PRs: 3000 Steeple 9:39.78 (2005); 5000m 15:50.52 (2001)
Born: 1977, Salt Lake City, Utah
Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah
High School: East High HS (Utah) '96
College: Brigham Young University '01
Coach: Patrick Shane
Agent: Chirs Layne
Career Highlights: 4-time USA Outdoor Champion ('99, '00, '02, '05); 2001 NCAA Steeplechase Champion; 2-time U.S. Outdoors runner-up ('98, '01); 4th at 2001 Goodwill Games.
Jackson reclaimed her spot as America's leading women's steeplechaser with a convincing win at the 2005 USA Outdoor Championships with a personal best time of 9:39.78. A pioneer in the women's steeplechase, Jackson is already been a national record holder, NCAA champion and four-time U.S. champion...credits BYU assistant coach Patrick Shane with introducing her to the steeple. "He coached Henry Marsh (the U.S. men's record holder) and a lot of good male steeplechasers." The first runner in BYU history to earn All-American letters all four years in cross country. Jackson attributes her steeple success to a strong dance background in modern dance, jazz dance and ballet until the age of 18...said that the steeple initially interested her because "it looked like a lot more fun than just running in circles." Business marketing major, didn't start running until her junior year in high school, academic All-American in high school. Named Utah's Most Outstanding Cross Country Athlete her senior year.
2005: USA Outdoor champion (9:39.78PR), 9th at World Outdoor Championships (9:46.72), 2nd at Mt. SAC Relays (9:58.10)1st at Los Angeles (9:44.70), 8th at World Athletic Finals (9:46.10), ranked #1 in the U.S. by T&FN, best of 9:39.78.
2004: Ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN, best of 9:52.11.
2003: Did not compete.
2002: Won USA Outdoors (9:47.35), 3rd in Milan (9:50.87), 1st in Palo Alto on May 3 (9:55.41), ranked #1 in U.S. by T&FN, best of 9:47.35.
2001: Won first-ever women's steeple at NCAA Outdoors, breaking her own previous American record (9:49.73), broke her own AR earlier in the season with a 9:55.63 at MWC outdoors, lowered AR at Goodwill Games, where she finished 4th (9:41.94), 2nd at U.S. Outdoors (9:49.94), 5th at NCAA Outdoor 5000m (16:04.72); 4th at NCAA Indoor 5000m (16:19.44); ran 5000 PR of 15:50.52 at Cardinal Invitational ranked #4 in world (#1 U.S.) in steeple by T&FN, best of 9:41.94.
2000: Olympic Trials champion (9:57.20 AR); 3rd in 5000 at NCAA Indoor (15:56), best of 9:57.20.
1999: Won U.S. steeple; 11th at NCAA XC Championships; ...first runner in BYU history to earn All-American letters all four years in cross country...MWC XC Athlete of the Year after winning the conference titlebest of 9:57.20.
1998: U.S. runner-up; 5th in WAC indoor 3000 (10:24.92)...2nd in WAC outdoor 3000 10th at NCAA Outdoor 3000...36th at NCAA XCbests of 9:26.20 and 10:21.20.
1997: U.S. runner-up; 2nd in WAC indoor 3000 (10:37.16)...2nd in 3000 (9:34.15) and 4th in 5000 (17:11.89) at WAC Outdoor ...repeat All-American, 22nd at 17:19 at NCAA XC Championships, as she finished third on the national championship team...bests of 9:34.15 and 10:38.72.
1996: WAC XC Freshman of the Year; placed third at WAC XC Championships and earned All-America honors by placing 27th at nationalsbests of 4:37.46 (1500).