Nov. 18, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the third time this season, cross country ace Sarah Bowman has been chosen as the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week. The senior from Warrenton, Va., collected the honor after a strong showing on Nov. 15 at the NCAA South Regional in Maryville, Tenn.
Running on the 6,000-meter course in the wind, rain and cold at Lambert Acres Golf Club, Bowman covered the distance in 20 minutes, 50.29 seconds to chart a runner-up finish and earn a berth in the NCAA Championships. She did so by crossing the line among the top four individuals not on the two teams that automatically qualified for the national meet. She'll run for her first-ever cross country All-America honor at 12:05 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 24 in Terre Haute, Ind.
Bowman's performance at the region meet was the best of her career at this competition and earned her membership on the USTFCCCA All-South Region Team for the third straight season. She had previously picked up her fourth All-SEC nod two weeks ago at the conference championship meet, making her one of the most decorated cross country runners in program history.
In leading Tennessee to the finish line for the fifth time this season, Bowman improved her tally to 13 times in the past 14 races that she had set the tone for Team Orange. She now has contributed to the scoring total in all 23 of her collegiate races and has posted top-five individual finishes in 11 of those races, including eight of her last 11 outings.
Bowman's work helped net the Lady Vols a third-place team finish at the NCAA regional. Tennessee just barely missed out on an at-large bid to the national meet and finished its season with a 101-14 won-lost record. It marked the fifth straight campaign that the Big Orange women had reached the 100-victory plateau.