May 29, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee track & field and cross country standout Sarah Bowman is one of four NCAA Division I women nominated for the 2009 Honda Sports Award for Track & Field. She is the fourth Lady Vol track & field athlete to be considered for the prestigious honor since its inception in 1976-77.
Bowman joins Colorado's Jennifer Barringer, Michigan's Tiffany Ofili and Texas-El Paso's Blessing Okagbare in this year's group of nominees for the award, which will be announced on June 4. In addition to the honor of this selection, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women's athletics fund of each nominee's university. The winner's school will receive $5,000.
The first-place track & field honoree after nationwide balloting will become a candidate for The Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Previous Tennessee track & field nominees were Alisa Harvey (1986-87), Jasmin Jones (1990-91) and Tianna Madison (2004-05).
Bowman is a nine-time track & field/cross country All-American during her career, winning NCAA Indoor titles in the mile run, in a meet-record time in 2009, and in the distance medley relay in 2008 and 2009. Bowman anchored this year's distance medley squad to world, American, collegiate, meet, facility and school records at the national meet. She also ran on UT's world record 4x1500m and American-record 4x800m units at the Penn Relays, in which the Lady Vols also won the distance medley to claim a rare distance triple at that meet.
At the SEC level, Bowman tied the school record this season with her 12th conference title by winning her second straight and third overall 1500m crown. During the indoor season, the 17-time All-SEC track and cross country honoree became the first league woman to finish first three straight times in the mile, 3000 meters and distance medley relay. In cross country, she earned all-league acclaim for the fourth straight season with a third-place league finish.
She is the owner of two world records, three American and collegiate records, two NCAA meet records, seven school records and numerous other meet and facility standards. She toppled another standard Friday, running a facility record 4:13.59 in the 1500m prelims at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Louisville, Ky.
Among her athletic awards this season are SEC Indoor Female Runner of the Year, SEC Indoor Cliff Harper Trophy winner as the meet's female high-point scorer, Penn Relays Outstanding Female Relay Athlete, UT's Best Female Athlete, two-time All-American, two-time All-Region and four-time All-SEC.
Academically, Bowman carries a 3.87 grade point average in business (human resource management). She has won the past two SEC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, was a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in 2008 and was the 2008 USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Indoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection, a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV choice and a 2009 Chancellor's Award recipient as College of Business Scholar-Athlete.