March 18, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the fifth time this season, University of Tennessee senior Sarah Bowman has been named Lady Vol Athlete of the Week. She earned the honor this time for her record-setting performance in Tennessee's team triumph at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas, over the weekend.
Bowman, who previously earned LVAOW distinction on Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and 10, and March 3, was unanimously selected for the honor by the Lady Vol Media Relations staff. She picked up the vote after winning the mile run in a meet-and school-record time and anchoring UT's distance medley relay to victory in a world-record clocking as the Lady Vols won their second NCAA Indoor title in five seasons and their third overall national crown.
On March 13, Bowman anchored the UT DMR to its second straight victory at the NCAA Championships. Along with Phoebe Wright, Brittany Jones and Chanelle Price, she helped Tennessee post a time of 10:50.98, which established new world, American, collegiate, meet, facility and school records. She brought the Lady Vols from behind to deliver 10 huge points to the squad and help the Big Orange win its third DMR title in school history.
The next day, the native of Warrenton, Va., broke Suzy Favor's 1989 NCAA meet record in the mile in one of the greatest races of the championships. Kicking hard over the final 50 meters and leaning at the finish line, Bowman was able to edge Texas Tech's 11-time NCAA champ Sally Kipyego by 3/100ths of a second for the victory in 4:29.72. Bowman reset her own school record in the process.
Combined with runner-up finishes from Wright in the 800 meters and Celriece Law in the 60m hurdles, as well as a third-place outcome in the shot put from Annie Alexander, Bowman and the Lady Vols were able to tally 42 points and hold off runner-up Texas A&M (37) for the team title. The Lady Vols have posted NCAA Indoor wins in 2005 and 2009 and an AIAW Outdoor title in 1981.
Bowman and UT are off this weekend, but they will begin their outdoor season on March 27-28. The team will split up to compete at both the Stanford Invitational and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational.