April 27, 2009
By Joe Battaglia
PHILADELPHIA - Last spring, Sarah Bowman reached a plateau of frustration that fells many runners.
The University of Tennessee star trained hard and felt like she was in the best shape of her life, but it wasn't translating into success on the track. First came an excruciating turn at the Penn Relays, where she ran on three relays that finished second by a combined 2.7 seconds. A little over a month later, she was runner-up again, this time in the 1,500m at the NCAA Mideast Regional.
"At the regional meet, I ran 4:14 and didn't even win the meet," Bowman recalled. "It was so frustrating because I knew I was in shape and that I had it in me but I just wasn't putting that race together. I remember telling my parents that I wasn't coming home for the summer until I ran 4:10. That was just the number that I put out there."
Everything finally clicked for Bowman at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she was able to run a personal-best 4:07.50 in a third-place finish.