UT's Bowman Nets SEC Scholar-Athlete Honors Once Again
Phoebe Wright

May 25, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference released its 2009 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Awards Monday morning, and several Tennessee Lady Vols were among those receiving honors for their work on the track and in the classroom.

Most notably, UT senior Sarah Bowman was chosen by the league's coaches as the Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. The award goes to the student-athlete who best displays excellence, both from an athletic and academic standpoint.

Bowman, who owns a 3.87 grade point average in business, is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and was a 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and NCAA Division I National Indoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as chosen by the national coaches association (USTFCCCA). She also was a member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team a year ago and is nominated for all of those awards again in 2009, in addition to NCAA Woman of the Year and the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.

On the oval, Bowman is a nine-time All-American and three-time NCAA champion, helping Tennessee win the 2009 NCAA Indoor team trophy in March by setting a meet record in the mile and a world record in the distance medley relay. At the SEC level, Bowman tied for the UT record with 12 conference titles during her career. In 2009, she won her second straight and third overall 1500m crown at SEC Outdoors and claimed the mile, 3000m and DMR at SEC Indoors for the third consecutive season. Following the indoor meet, she received the Cliff Harper Trophy as the female high-point scorer and was voted SEC Indoor Female Runner of the Year.

During the outdoor campaign, Bowman was named Outstanding Female Relays Athlete at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia. She earned that distinction by helping Tennessee win three baton-event titles at the meet, including two with record-setting times. The 4x1500m relay she anchored set world, American, collegiate, facility, meet and school records, while the 4x800m unit on which she ran bested everything but the world standard. Indoors, she anchored UT to world and other records in the DMR at the NCAA meet. In all, she has seven school records to her credit.

Bowman was one of five Lady Vols making the All-SEC Team. For winning the 1500 meters, she joins 100m hurdles victor senior Celriece Law and 800m winner junior Phoebe Wright on the first team. Second-team honorees were sophomore Annie Alexander, runner-up in the discus throw, and junior Jackie Areson, the second-place finisher in the 5000 meters.

Also recognized were four Big Orange rookies who were named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. The quartet includes Laquoya Kelly (6th, hammer throw), Michele Levy (17th, 10,000 meters), Chanelle Price (3rd, 800 meters) and Ellen Wortham (5th, 400m hurdles). They received the honor as the highest finishing first-year performers in the respective events.

Arkansas distance runner Catherine White got the nod for SEC Outdoor Female Runner of the Year, while thrower Ashley Muffet of Kentucky and pole vaulter Kate Stripling of Arkansas were named Co-SEC Outdoor Female Field Athletes of the Year. Florida skipper Mike Holloway was chosen SEC Outdoor Women's Coach of the Year. Florida distance standout Genevieve LaCaze drew acclaim as the Women's Freshman Runner of the Year, while LSU pole vaulter Rachel Laurent was voted the Women's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year.

2009 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Awards

Women's Runner of the Year: Catherine White, Arkansas
Women's Co-Field Athletes of the Year: Ashley Muffet, Kentucky/Katie Stripling, Arkansas
Women's Freshman Runner of the Year: Genevieve LaCaze, Florida
Women's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Rachel Laurent, LSU
Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Sarah Bowman, Tennessee
Women's Coach of the Year: Mike Holloway, Florida

2009 SEC Outdoor Track All-SEC Teams

Women's First Team
Angelica Howard, Alabama
Etienne Chaplin, Arkansas
Katie Stripling, Arkansas
Catherine White, Arkansas
Cache Armbrister, Auburn
Joanna Atkins, Auburn
Danielle Gilchrist, Auburn
Raevan Harris, Auburn
Lakeshia Williams, Auburn
Shaquela Williams, Auburn
Evelien Dekkers, Florida
Mariam Kevkhishvili, Florida
Genevieve LaCaze, Florida
Shara Proctor, Florida
Ashley Muffet, Kentucky
Brittany Hall, LSU
Samantha Henry, LSU
CassandraTate, LSU
LaTavia Thomas, LSU
Kayann Thompson, LSU
Kenyanna Wilson, LSU
LaJada Baldwin, Ole Miss
Sarah Bowman, Tennessee
Celriece Law, Tennessee
Phoebe Wright, Tennessee

Women's Second Team
Denise Bargiachi, Arkansas
Shelise Williams, Arkansas
Charlotte Browning, Florida
Keely Medieros, Florida
Julie Northrup, Florida
Michelle Thompson, Georgia
Brittani Carter, LSU
Rachel Laurent, LSU
Kim Williams, LSU
Sofie Persson, Ole Miss
Wendy Copeland, Mississippi State
Marrissa Harris, Mississippi State
LaKya Brookins, South Carolina
Gabrielle Glenn, South Carolina
Breehana Jacobs, South Carolina
Shayla Mahan, South Carolina
Annie Alexander, Tennessee
Jackie Areson, Tennessee

2009 SEC Outdoor All-Freshman Team

100m dash - Kristin Bridges, UM (11th)
200m dash - Madison McNary, UF (8th)
400m dash - Alishea Usery, UF (3rd)
800m run - Chanelle Price, UT (3rd)
1,500m run - Kristie Krueger, UG (4th)
5,000m run - Genevieve LaCaze, UF (4th)
10,000m run - Michele Levy, UT (17th)
100m Hurdles - Audra Frimpong, UA (7th)
400m Hurdles - Ellen Wortham, UT (5th)
3,000m Steeplechase - Genevieve LaCaze, UF (1st)
High Jump - Krystle Schade, UA (4th)
Pole Vault - Rachel Laurent, LSU (2nd)
Long Jump - Whitney Jones, ARK (6th)
Triple Jump - Madara Apine, UF (3rd)
Shot Put - Keely Medeiros, UF (2nd)
Discus - Eve Machovec, UG (11th)
Hammer - Laquoya Kelly, UT (6th)
Javelin - Brieanna Kennedy, LSU (7th)
Heptathlon - Precious Nwokey, UK (8th)





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