Bowman Seizes UT Mile Record at Tyson Invitational

Feb. 13, 2009


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- University of Tennessee senior distance ace Sarah Bowman toppled her second school record in as many weekends, breaking the Lady Vol mile record in the Nutrilite Women's Invitational Mile at the Tyson Invitational late Friday night.

Running in the Visa Championship Series two-hour elite-level competition, which will be televised by ESPN from 5 to 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, Bowman erased Alisa Harvey's 23-year-old UT standard with a fifth-place finish in four minutes, 34.69 seconds at the Randall Tyson Track Center. Harvey's mark of 4:35.25 had stood since the SEC Championship meet on March 2, 1986.

Bowman, who last weekend anchored the Big Orange to a school and American record in the distance medley relay, grabbed the lead early in this race and navigated the first 200 meters in 32.98 seconds. She would maintain the advantage through the 800-meter mark, coming through in 2:15.97, before falling off a bit in laps five and six and closing with final lap splits of 33.85 and 34.72. Nike's Anna Willard prevailed in 4:30.69. Bowman, meanwhile, left the track with the number three clocking in the NCAA this season and remained atop the SEC with the conference championship two weeks away.

"Sarah has continued to do what she needs to do to improve," UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "Tonight, she improved by running a school record, and she did it in a big meet, which is positive to see. The school record was a solid mark by Alisa Harvey, but something that was attainable. I believe there is still more there before the season is out."

In the Invitational 3000 meters, Tennessee picked up two more NCAA provisionals to bring its day's haul of new or improved qualifying marks to two autos and four provisionals. Getting the job done in the 3K were junior Jackie Areson (Delray Beach, Fla.) and senior Katie Van Horn (Glendora, N.J.), who posted NCAA provisional times of 9:31.35 and 9:33.86, respectively. Areson's personal-record effort was good for fourth place in the race and third in the SEC this season, while Van Horn's fifth-place readout was just shy of her PR and ranks her fourth in the league thus far in 2009.



"Jackie ran a nine-second PR, and Katie was just off hers," Clark said. "It's a sign that they are both progressing in the right manner. They each ran a really gutty race against some good SEC opponents to accomplish those marks, and I'm looking forward to the next couple of weeks."

Tennessee will return to the Tyson Center on Saturday, with action beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET in the women's pole vault. The Lady Vols are slated to see action in 11 different events before the competition draws to a close around 5:30 p.m.

Coll. Long Jump (Auto: 6.35, Prov: 6.10) Noon
7thCelriece Law18-11.75/5.78m!
25thEllen Wortham17-3.25/5.26m
28thJanea Grimes15-0.50/4.58m!
60m Pre. (Auto: 7.26; Prov: 7.44) 1 p.m.
Adv.Lynne Layne 7.50p/1st, ht. 4
28thCelriece Law7.67p!/3rd, ht. 2
44thJanea Grimes8.23p/8th, ht. 3
400m Pre. (Auto: 52.40, Prov: 54.40)b 2 p.m.
39thKimarra McDonald 57.67b
47thAmanda Alexander 58.50b
59thKim White 1:00.65b!
60mH Pre. (Auto: 8.14; Prov: 8.43) 3:20 p.m.
Adv.Celriece Law 8.33p+/1st, ht. 6 (4th)
29thEllen Wortham8.99p!/5th, ht. 4
Oly. Dev. 800m (Auto: 2:05.40, Prov: 2:09.40)b 4:10 p.m.
1stPhoebe Wright 2:04.71b!*
2ndChanelle Price 2:08.00b+
Oly. Dev. Mile (Auto: 4:38.00; Prov: 4:48.00)b 4:30 p.m.
4thRolanda Bell 4:46.62b+
60m Final (Auto: 7.26; Prov: 7.44) 4:45 or 4:50 p.m.
2ndLynne Layne 7.33+
Inv. 3000m (Auto: 9:15.00; Prov: 9:34.00)b 9:45 p.m.???
4thJackie Areson9:31.35b!+
5thKatie Van Horn9:33.86b+
Inv. Mile (Auto: 4:38.00; Prov: 4:48.00)b 10:20 p.m.
5thSarah Bowman4:34.69b*!s
Coll. 3000m (Auto: 9:15.00; Prov: 9:34.00)b 11:55 a.m.
Michele Levy
Elizabeth Tiller
Shot Put (Auto: 16.90, Prov: 15.20) 1 p.m.
Annie Alexander
Laquoya Kelly
Coll. 800m (Auto: 2:05.40, Prov: 2:09.40)b 1:05 p.m.
Rolanda Bell
Ramzee Fondren
Jackie Areson
Chelsea Knotts
200m (Auto: 23.20, Prov: 23.90)b 1:40 p.m.
Lynne Layne
Brittany Jones
Amanda Alexander
Janea Grimes
60mH Final (Auto: 8.14; Prov: 8.43) 3:30 or 3:35 p.m.
Ch. Triple Jump (Auto: 13.30, Prov: 12.65) 3:45 p.m.
Celriece Law
Ch. 3000m (Auto: 9:15.00; Prov: 9:34.00)b 4:10 p.m. ???
Katie Van Horn
Jackie Areson
Ch. High Jump (Auto: 1.85, Prov: 1.78) 4:30 p.m.
Ellen Wortham
DMR Fin. (Auto: 11:09.00, Prov: 11:30.00)b 4:40 p.m.
Lineup TBA
4x400mR Fin. (Auto: 3:33.00, Prov: 3:40.00)b 5:10 p.m.
Lineup TBA

All Times Eastern

b - Banked Track Qualifying Standard, dnf - Did Not Finish, dnr - Did Not Run, f - Facility Record, fts - Flat Track Qualifying Standard, m - Meters, mr - meet Record, nm - No Mark Recorded, p - Prelims, s - School Record (Indoors), u - Undersized Track Qualifying Standard, * - NCAA Automatic Qualifier, + - NCAA Provisional Qualifier, ! - Personal Record (Indoors), ^ - Oversized Track Qualifying Standard



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