KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the second time this season, University of Tennessee standout Sarah Bowman has been named the Southeastern Conference Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week. The Lady Vol junior from Warrenton, Va., grabbed her latest accolades on Sept. 25 after previously being recognized on Sept. 5 as the first honoree of the 2007 campaign. With the distinction, Bowman now has been awarded weekly kudos by the SEC three times in her career. She joins former Lady Vol stars Sharon Dickie and Brooke Novak as the only UT cross country runners to be honored that many times in a career. Additionally, she and Dickie (2002) are the only Big Orange performers to twice be honored in the same season.
Bowman earned her latest SEC Athlete of the Week nod by finishing first among collegiate performers and second overall at the University of Georgia’s Bulldog Stampede in Athens, Ga., on Sept. 22. Her career-best time of 17 minutes, 37.45 seconds for 5,000 meters was the best by a Southeastern Conference performer at that distance thus far during the 2007 season. At the Stampede, Bowman finished only three seconds back of post-collegiate runner Jill Steffens of New Balance and was 23 seconds ahead of the nearest university-level competitor.
The two-time All-SEC honoree helped a limited Tennessee squad place second in the team standings behind 13th-ranked Georgia. Despite running with only five competitors, and with three of the team’s better runners not in the lineup Saturday, the No. 26 Lady Vols improved their season record to 22-1, including 3-1 vs. SEC foes.
Bowman has been the top collegiate runner in all three races she has participated in this season and has led the Lady Vols to the finish line six times during her career. She won the Belmont Opener on Aug. 31 and was second overall at the Bulldog Stampede. On Sept.14, she ran what would have been a personal best in winning the Tennessee Invitational, but that meet was declared unofficial due to the fact there were no other complete teams entered in the field.
Resuming their normal schedule this weekend, Bowman and company will travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to compete in Lehigh University’s Brooks Paul Short Run at 1:40 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday. The event will be UT’s first 6,000-meter jaunt of the season, and the distance will be the same for the remainder of the Big Orange’s races in 2007.
LADY VOLS FALL TO 28TH IN USTFCCCA NATIONAL POLL
Big Orange Women Remain At Third In NCAA South Region Rankings
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee women’s cross country team fell to 28th in the second national poll of the season Tuesday but remained third in the NCAA South Region, according to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Lady Vols, who were 26th in the preseason USTFCCCA Poll on Sept. 11, collected 53 points this week to join SEC foes Arkansas (4th, 352), Georgia (15th, 206) and Florida (30th, 33) in the top 30. Tennessee had 76 points in the first poll of 2007.
Stanford, with 10 first-place votes, remained atop the national scene, followed by Michigan, Colorado, Arkansas and Wisconsin. Arizona State, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan State and Virginia rounded out the top 10. Colorado had three first-place nods cast its way.
In terms of regional rankings, Florida State and Georgia continued to rate ahead of the Lady Vols in the South. Florida and UAB are fourth and fifth regionally. Tennessee won the NCAA South Region meet from 2002 to 2005, finished third a year ago and has advanced to the NCAA Championship meet in each of the past five seasons.
Thirteen voters, consisting of nine regional representatives and four USTFCCCA Division I Executive Committee members, vote on the national top 30. Future release dates include Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13.
|Rk.||Team (First-place votes)||Points|
|16.||North Carolina State||188|
Others Receiving Votes: Wake Forest, Nebraska, Columbia, Oklahoma State, Cornell, Northern Arizona, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, Syracuse, Weber State and Rice.