Sept. 7, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After becoming the first female University of Tennessee rookie since 2001 to win in her collegiate debut on the trails, Lady Vol Sarah Bowman has been named the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Runner of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Bowman also collected Lady Vol Athlete of the Week honors, as voted by the UT women's media relations staff.
Bowman, from Fauquier (FOCK-ier) High School in Warrenton, Va., rolled to a 4K career-best time of 14 minutes, 9.82 seconds, to claim victory at the Belmont Opener in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 2. Her triumph was the first by a UT freshman in her career-opening race since Brooke Novak broke the tape at the Mountaineer Open in Boone, N.C., four seasons ago. Like Novak, Bowman also earned SEC and UT acclaim following her initial competition.
With returning All-SEC performers Felicia Guilford and Megan Cauble sitting out the Belmont Opener as part of their training cycles, Bowman's finish set the tone for Team Orange to land a second-place result in the team competition on the Vaughn's Creek Course at Percy Warner Park. Among the individuals the Lady Vol rookie defeated en route to her crown were 2004 All-SEC honorees Katie Flaute of Tennessee and Ashleigh Wetzel of Vanderbilt.
The Lady Vols, who have won the past two SEC Championships and the past three NCAA South Region titles, will host their only home meet on Sept. 16. On that date, the UT women and men will run in the Tennessee Invitational at Lambert Acres Golf Course in Maryville, Tenn. Race times are at 5:15 and 6 p.m., respectively.