Jan. 27, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For the second time in a row, University of Tennessee track & field standout Sarah Bowman has been selected as the Southeastern Conference Female Runner of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.
Bowman, from Warrenton, Va., was chosen after her spectacular performance in the Lady Vols' dual meet vs. Texas A&M on Jan. 24. The senior distance ace cruised to a career-best time of 4:35.35 to win the mile run. Her mark was just one tenth of a second shy of Alisa Harvey's 23-year-old school record of 4:35.25 and ranks as the number one clocking in the NCAA in 2009. Thus far, it also stands atop the IAAF world best times list this season.
In addition to her individual heroics, Bowman also ran a leg on Tennessee's distance medley relay at Gilliam Indoor Track & Field Stadium in College Station. Her 800m contribution enabled the Big Orange to post a victorious and SEC-leading readout of 11:47.40 against the Aggies. A year ago, Bowman anchored UT to wins at the NCAA and SEC Championships in that event.
After two weeks of competition, Bowman is automatically qualified for the NCAA meet in two events. She ranks first in the nation in the mile and stands third in the 3000m at 9:11.31 and heads the SEC ranks in each. Her 3K mark also just missed the UT standard, a 9:09.83 reading from Patty Wiegand in 1991. In the coming weeks, Bowman will likely get opportunities to also add auto qualifying times in the 800m and DMR.
During her career, Bowman has been named SEC Female Runner of the Week a total of four times. In addition to this year's pair of recognitions, she earned the honor twice in 2008, grabbing the award during the indoor campaign on Feb. 5 and outdoors on April 22.
Bowman and her teammates will continue their indoor slate this weekend, when they travel to University Park, Pa., to compete in the Penn State National Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The meet, which features the fast oval at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track, has traditionally been a strong one for the Lady Vols.