Sept. 22, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Senior cross country standout Sarah Bowman left the field behind at the Tennessee Invitational on Friday evening. On Monday, she ran away with Lady Vol Athlete of the Week honors, earning the UT Women's Athletics Department's nod for the finest performance in competition last week.
Bowman, who hails from Warrenton, Va., finished 64 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, as she claimed victory at the Tennessee Invitational in a career-best 17 minutes, 21 seconds, and spurred the Lady Vols to their seventh meet title in the ninth edition of the event. The win was Bowman's second at the meet, giving her bookend victories this season and as a freshman in 2005.
While making her season debut at UT's Lambert Acres Golf Club course, Bowman posted the second-fastest 5K clocking ever by a Lady Vol and the seventh-best effort by any woman in the 11 years that the venue has served as UT's home trail. Additionally, the readout by the Big Orange harrier was the fastest 5K performance among SEC women thus far in 2008 by 18 seconds.
Bowman now has won four meets during her career and has led the Lady Vols to the finish in eight of her last 10 starts. She became the second UT woman to post double victories at the Tennessee Invitational, joining Sharon Dickie in 2000 and 2002, and gave her squad its seventh individual title in meet history.
Her personal triumph propelled Tennessee to a total of 19 points, easily out-distancing runner-up Chattanooga (40) and third-place Georgia Tech (75) for the team plaque. As a result, the Lady Vols won for the 18th time in 43 starts under head coach J.J. Clark.
Bowman, Clark and company will turn their thoughts toward the Brooks Paul Short Run, which will be held in Bethlehem, Pa., on Oct. 3. The race, slated to start at 11:45 a.m., will be UT's first 6K affair of the campaign.