Jan. 20, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Sarah Bowman's spectacular performance at the Kentucky Invitational over the weekend earned the Tennessee senior track & field standout a pair of honors. The All-American from Warrenton, Va., was named both the Southeastern Conference Female Runner of the Week and the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.
On Saturday night, Bowman delivered an impressive performance in the 3000-meter run, cruising to a career-best time of nine minutes, 11.31 seconds to win by more than 20 seconds over Nike's Treniere Clement (9:31.65) at Kentucky's Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky. She did so against a field that included professional runners and athletes from five other ranked schools, including No. 13 Florida, No. 16 South Carolina, No. 20 Miami (Fla.), No. 22 Kentucky and No. 25 Louisville.
Bowman's clocking, which was more than nine seconds faster than her previous personal best in that event, automatically qualified her for the NCAA Indoor Championships. It also broke the 2007 Nutter Field House record of 9:13.42 by Michigan's Erin Webster.
With the triumph, Bowman is now 3-0 in her last three outings at that distance, having won the past two SEC Indoor crowns at 3K. Her effort was the third-fastest indoor 3K ever registered by a Lady Vol, ranking behind only Patty Wiegand's 9:09.83 and 9:10.26 marks, respectively, from the 1991 and 1990 NCAA Indoor Championships. Also, it is the first top 10 UT 3K mark ever recorded this early, with no other ever being run in the month of January.
Bowman and her teammates will head to College Station, Texas, this weekend to compete against No. 1 Texas A&M in a dual meet on Saturday.