Sept. 20, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Freshman Sarah Bowman, who is the first University of Tennessee rookie in more than 20 years to win her first two collegiate cross country meets, has been named the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week, as voted by the UT women's media relations staff. The award is Bowman's second in the past three weeks.
Also nominated for Lady Vol Athlete of the Week were Jenny Jeffers of soccer, Ghizela Schutte of tennis and Kristen Andre of volleyball.
After claiming victory at the Belmont Opener on Sept. 2, Bowman came back in meet number two of the campaign to win again. The Warrenton, Va., native did so on Sept. 16, racing to first-place honors by 19 seconds at the 5,000-meter Tennessee Invitational at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, Tenn. Bowman, a product of Fauquier (FOCK-ier) High School, covered the distance in 17 minutes, 50 seconds, charting the fourth-best time ever recorded by a UT woman on the Blount County course as Team Orange prevailed by a score of 18 to 40 over the University of Memphis.
Bowman's heroics have enabled 16th-ranked Tennessee to notch finishes of second and first, respectively, in its first two competitions and post a record of 13-1. The Lady Vols' triumph at their own meet was the squad's fifth in seven tries at that event, and her individual win was the fifth by a runner from the home team at the Tennessee Invite.
The Big Orange women will have the weekend off from competitive running before resuming their schedule on Oct. 1 at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. The race will be the Big Orange's first 6K layout of the season.