UT Standout Sarah Bowman Wins Historic SEC 3,000 meter Title

Courtesy: Eric Trainer, Tennessee Sports Information

March 1, 2009   

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Tennessee senior Sarah Bowman made league history Saturday night at Nutter Field House, becoming the first woman in the annals of the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships to win three consecutive titles in the 3000 meters.

Bowman, who hails from Warrenton, Va., covered the distance in nine minutes, 21.66 seconds to personally win her third straight 3K crown and provide the Lady Volunteers their fifth SEC Indoor champion in that event in the past six seasons. Teammate Jackie Areson gave a memorable performance of her own, charting a career-best time of 9:24.34 to deliver a surprising runner-up finish and help UT collect 18 huge points in the final event of day two.

With that outburst, the Lady Vols, ranked second in the nation, will head into the final day on Sunday with 25 points. Twentieth-ranked Arkansas stands in first with 45 points, followed by No. 9 LSU with 32 and host Kentucky with 25. The Lady Vols, Razorback and Tigers all have plentiful scoring opportunities, as does No. 24 Florida, which ended Saturday in sixth with 18.

For most of the 3K, Bowman jostled for the lead with Georgia’s Sarah Madebach and a trio of Arkansas runners. With two laps to go, Bowman made her move and never looked back en route to a runaway victory. Areson seemed to make her push when she saw her teammate kick it into a higher gear. The junior from Delray Beach, Fla., worked her way up from fifth past the pack Bowman left behind and sprinted home in impressive fashion to aid the Big Orange cause.

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