Prix: Sarah's first
open race, also a 1500m PR.
Fauquier High School Class: 2005
University of Tennessee Class: 2009
Current affiliation: New
Balance, Icon Management
HS SPORTS: Cross Country, Track & Field
COMMENTS: World Junior Record holder at
1000m, National record holder at 1600m, 5-time
AAU record holder in the 1500m, and owner of school records
in the 800m and 1600m following her freshman season at FHS.
Sarah has set new records in everything from the 400 to the
3200 and 5000m (CC) since. Ranked US
#1 at 800m,
1000m, 1500m, 1600m, 1 mile and 3200m during her senior season.
She also tied the school record in the High Jump.
(Olympic note: check out Sarah's parting quote in this article from 2005:
"Sarah Bowman: Elite Athlete on the Rise", scrunners.com)
June 29, 2012: After a year of healing and resting, Sarah is
back in a big way. Having earned a spot at the US Olympic Trials
almost immediately after returning to running, she is in Eugene
and reminding everyone why they learned of her in the first
place. Running two smart heats on consecutive days, Sarah is
finals in the 1500m Run.
July 13, 2009: In her first post-collegiate race, Sarah
finished 9th in the 1500m Run at the Athens Grand Prix, with
a PR of
April 25, 2009: American Record . UT's
combination of McDonald, Price, Bowman, and Wright
set an American Record in the 4x800 (8:17.91).
April 24, 2009: World Record
with teammates Chanelle Price (4:19.5), Phoebe Wright (4:19.0),
and Rolanda Bell (4:19.6), Sarah's 4:10 .2 anchor split resulted
in a 17:08.34 WR.
March 14, 2009: NCAA Champion. Sarah edged 16x NCAA Champion
Sally Kipyego by 0.03 to win the NCAA title in the Mile Run
and break Suzy Favor's meet record.
March 13, 2009: World Record. The UT quartet of Wright,
Jones, Price, and Bowman set a World Record in the Distance
Medley Relay (10:50.98).
November 24, 2008: Sarah earned All-American status
with a 36th place finish at the NCAA National Championship.
November 15, 2008: Sarah finished 2nd at the NCAA South
Regional Cross Country Championship.
September 19, 2008: Sarah won the Tennessee Invitational
with 5k Cross Country PR of 17:21.
July 3-6, 2008: Olympic Trials. Running
well through qualifying, and with a huge Independence Day
finish in the semis, Sarah was the only collegiate runner
in the Finals of the 1500m
race was a great battle, and another step on the way to her
2012 bid for Olympic hardware.
June 14, 2008: NCAA All-American. Automatic
Olympic Trials Qualifier. Besting
her previous best by nearly seven seconds, Sarah ran an exceptional
finish 3rd in the 1500m Run at NCAA Nationals! This is
the #4 all-time NCAA women's 1500!
May 18, 2008: SEC Championship! Sarah won the SEC title
in the 1500, pacing UT to a 4th-place team finish.
19, 2008: A new 800 PR at the Vanderbilt Invitational,
March 14, 2008: After running the #1 qualifying
time in the mile
with a 4:35.34 1600m split!
March 2, 2008: Sarah won the 3000,
February 28, 2008: Sarah was named an Academic All American with a 3.85 GPA in business!
February 15, 2008: Sarah just missed the 20-year-old Tennessee Indoor Mile record (Alisa Harvey, 4:35.25, 3/2/86) with her 4:36.51 performance!
February 2, 2008: Sarah earned an automatic bid to NCAA nationals in the Mile with a blazing 4:37.86, and a provisional in the 800.
October 27, 2007: Sarah finished 4th at the SEC Cross Country meet in a time of 20:58.13.
June 19, 2007: USATF Nationals. Sarah qualified, and declared,
for both the 800m and 1500m runs for Nationals in Indianapolis.
Another big milestone reached. Congrats, Sarah!
June 9, 2007: NCAA
Division I All-American! Sarah Attained this distinction
by becoming one of the top 8 American finishers in the 1500m
Run at Nationals!
May 26, 2007. Sarah Advances to NCAA Nationals in the 1500m Run with her showing at the Regional Meet - including a new PR of 4:17.87.
May 13, 2007: SEC Championship.. On a Bowman-double day, Sarah managed two great races about an hour apart to set two new collegiate PRs!
March 2, 2007: SEC Indoor Championship. Sarah won both individual events and anchored the winning DMR to help UT to the SEC indoor crown.
November 20, 2006: NCAA Championship.
Sarah was the top finisher for Tennessee
as they finished their season at Nationals.
May 14, 2006: SEC Championship.. Finally
hitting her stride and getting comfortable in her competitions,
Sarah managed a SEC Championship 1500m run while pushing
her PR down to 4:21.10 at that distance.
October 29, 2005: SEC Championship. After winning her first two cross-country races as a collegian,
Sarah continued her contribution to Tennessee's success.
Running a huge PR of 20:02.47 for 6,000m, Sarah helped
her UT teammates take home another conference title.
July 31, 2005: Pan American Juniors in
Windsor, Canada. En route to claiming her first international
title, Sarah took her 1500m PR down to 4:17.61. The attempt
to break the 23-year-old record wasn't helped much by the 5-second
gap between Sarah and second-place finisher Erin Bedell (USA).
Congratulations on another great race!
June 23-25, 2005: USA Junior Nationals in
Carson, California. In what has become typical Bowmanesque
fashion, Sarah competed in both the 800 and 1500. Winning
her heat in the 800 at 3:00 on Thursday, she got about 24
hours to recover for round two. Just after 3:00 on Friday,
Sarah won her heat in the 1500. She returned for the 800 finals
two hours later, where she finished fourth. Coming back again
in on Saturday for the 1500 finals, Sarah won by over two
seconds. Next up for the USA Junior Team: Pan American Juniors
June 18, 2005: Another NATIONAL RECORD added
to the list of accomplishments. At Nike Outdoor Nationals
in Greensboro (expected by some as the day for this record
to go), Sarah ran the race we've been waiting for. Going hard,
and even being pushed in the final lap, she ran an amazing 4:36.95 to break the record previously helb
by Ari Lambie by over two seconds. This is the fastest-ever
by a high school girl in an all-high-school race, and the
third fastest time ever recorded by a US high school runner
in any meet.
June 3-4, 2005: Another TRIPLE caps a great
Fauquier career. At her final VHSL/Fauquier competition, Sarah
expanded on her 1600-800-400 triples of her sophomore postseason,
by again running the 3200-1600-800 combo. In only her second
3200m run since her freshman season, she shattered the state
meet record on Friday night with a time of 10:21.15. Coming
back on Saturday, Sarah strategically passed to 5-02 in the
high jump to conserve attempts until after her 1600. Establishing
a new record of 4:41.81, she returned to easily clear 5-03
and add a third place in the High Jump to her weekend. Rounding
out her day in the heat, she stepped onto the track for her
final race. In a field that saw six other runners under 2:20,
Sarah finished with over a six-second advantage with a 2:09.32.
After a spectacuar day, the biggest challenge was simply waiting
for the remainder of the events, and the announcement at the
end of the day that the elusive State Team Title was finally
coming to Fauquier.
May 18-19, 2005: ANOTHER
(nearly double) US #1 performance caps a great district
outing. At her final Northwestern District meet, Sarah attempted
her fist 3200m run since her freshman season. Running alone
(66 seconds ahead of second place), she took the top spot
in the nation with a 10:16.03. The second day of the NWD meet,
less than 24 hours after her 3200, she missed regaining her
number one spot in the 1600 by just 0.03 second with an amazine
4:41.17. She capped off her district streak by turning in
a 2:08.62. You read it right... In 24 hours: 10:16.03, 4:41.17
April 23, 2005: Another US #1 performance at the 65-year-old John Handley Invitational in Winchester,
VA. Sarah won the 1600m Run - running in a rain that started
just as the race beagn, and again finishing in a headwind
- with a blistering 4:44.09. This was Sarah's checkup race
for the Penn Relays, and shows she's still on target. Sarah
also broke the meet record in the 800m Run and ran the anchor
leg on a new meet record 4x400m Relay.
April 9, 2005: A BLAZING START! In her first
outdoor race of the season, Sarah won the 800m Run at the
Taco Bell Invitational - finishing in a headwind - with a
blistering 2:05.41. Nearly five seconds ahead of second place,
that time is over two seconds faster than her meet record
from last year and good enough for the US #1 time. This race
should signal the start of an enjoyable senior season.
March 13, 2005: NIC REPEAT! Sarah wins her
second Nike Indoor Mile, with a time of 4:46.79 - defeating
second-place Nicole Blood by over three seconds.
February 26, 2005: NATIONAL RECORD! Sarah
set a new national record in the 1000m run at the VHSL AA
State meet with a time of 2:43.40. This mark beat the previous
record, (Ari Lambie , currently at Stanford) by over
November 15, 2004: Sarah signed a national Letter of Intent
to join coach J.J. Clark's program at the University of Tennessee. Read
the story on Tennessee's website.
July 16, 2004: World Junior Championships: Grosseto, Italy.
Sarah got to run with the fastest 19-and-under females in
the world. As the fourth-youngest member of the US team, this
was a tremendous learning opportunity. Upon her return to
VA, she commented that "I learned a LOT in that race.
They take their track seriously in Europe. Those girls fought
HARD at the start of that race!" More importantly, she
calmly stated that "[she] can run a 2:15 in that race".
We have no doubt.
July 8, 2004: In her first international competition, Sarah
got to run the 800 on short notice in the US Junior pre-meet.
She was the third junior finisher in this race in Grosetto,
Italy. In this under-20 event, Team USA competed against teams
from Australia, Bermuda and Puerto Rico.
June 27, 2004: Sarah earned a spot on the US Junior team,
and a trip to the Junior World meet in Italy, with her second-place
finish in the 1500 at the USA Junior Nationals.
June 19, 2004: Coach Murphy's strategy of training for the
shorter distances sees another payoff, as Sarah moved to the
#1 spot in the nation in the 800m Run, besting the #2 mark
by 1.73 seconds at the Adidas Outdoor Championships in Raleigh.
This is also the fastest HS mile in the US in 8 years! She
came back just 40 minutes later to post an impressive 4:51.62
in the Mile Run!
June 5, 2004: Sarah captured state titles in the 800m and
1600m Runs, with state-record performances in both races.
She also placed second in the high jump and anchored the winning
1600m Relay team to a 4:04.05 on a cold, windy day.
April 24, 2004: In a repeat of her 2003 performance, Sarah
came back to win both the 800 and 1600 at the Dogwood Track
Classic, breaking her own meet record in the 800 despite training
through her day off! This record was won on heart, and marks
the true return of the championship spirit we've come to know.
April 22, 2004: Penn Relays Victory! At the 110th Penn Relays
Carnival in Philadelphia, Sarah followed last year's runner-up
performance with a solid win. Leading from the start, and
winning by over five seconds, Sarah now owns two of the top
three all-time performances in this race.
April 10, 2004: Following the decision with Coach Murphy to
train at the 800 distance as a result of lost conditioning
while she healed over the winter, Sarah posted another Nation-leading
performance. At the Taco Bell Classic in Columbia (SC) she
had the opportunity to run with the NL and meet record-holder
in the 800m Run. Having looked forward to running with McKenzie
Pierce for weeks, Sarah got the chance to open up and have
fun - and end the day with a new PR of 2:07.69!
January 31, 2004: She's BAAAaaack. At the Virginia Tech /
Microtel Invitational Sarah showed both her growing experience
and her return to form. In the first of her two races, she
stuck with race strategy in the face of the top 2 1000m performances
this season to post an impressive 2:55.57. Several hours later,
knowing that she was ready to go hard again for the first
time since the 2003 outdoor season, Sarah turned in an impressive
4:53.37, to win the 1600 with her signature stride - and kick
- back. Most importantly, this day was just plain fun for
January 17, 2004: RECOVERY NOTE - Following a great week of
training, with increasing mileage and decreasing times, Sarah
met a tough opponent Saturday at FUMA. An extremely drawn-out
meet allowed the pre-race routine to slip. No fuel or water
in the system makes for a challenging day for anyone. Still
a success, with no signs of this fall's discomfort while running
a sub-5 pace through the first 800!
January 3, 2004: In her first competition since being forced
to end her cross country season early, Sarah had an outstanding
return to racing this weekend at the East Coast Invitational.
She won the 1000m run in a new meet record time of 3:01.89
to improve on her performance there last year by nearly 4
seconds. This is also the fastest 1000 in Virginia this season.
Sarah also set a new FHS indoor High Jump record with a second-place
jump of 5'5". Welcome back!
October 23, 2003: After spending the cross country season
running in varying degrees of pain, Sarah made a difficult
decision. With the support of family, teammates, coaches,
and FHS support staff, she decided to end her season early
in an attempt to prepare for her track seasons.
October 11, 2003: In the first meet of the season in which
she was allowed to go out hard, Sarah won the Milestat Invitational
in a course-record 18:37.
May 22, 2003: ANOTHER outstanding quad. Sarah won the high
jump, then again set meet records in the 1600, 400, and 800
at the VA AA Region II Meet!
May 15, 2003: An outstanding quad. Sarah won the high jump,
then in a 65-minute span, proceeded to set new meet records
in the 1600, 400, and 800 at the Northwestern Distirct Meet
May 9, 2003: In a Mile field that included the top three seeds
in the State, Sarah ran to a new PR of 4:46.73, posting the
second-fastest time in the nation this season.
April 26, 2003: Less than 48 hours after breaking the 23-year-old
Penn Relays record in a second-place finish behind the fastest
HS Girls mile since 1982, Sarah won the 800m and 1600m runs
at the Dogwood Classic, both in record times.
March 16, 2003: Sarah won the Girls Mile at the Nike Indoor
Championships with a winning time of 4:49.67.
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February 21, 2002: Sarah won the 1000m and 1600m runs at the
VA AA State meet, both in record times.
November 7, 2002: Sarah became the Region II Champion with
a winning time of 18:22 at the Panorama Farms course in Charlottesville.
October 31, 2002: Sarah defended her title as Northwestern
District champion with a winning time of 18:34.8 in the mud
at Great Meadow in The Plains.