Sarah Bowman, American Track and Field Athlete, Runner, Miler.
FHS | UT Lady Vols | USATF
Photo by Robert I. Black
Athens Grand 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 national champion in the mile, national 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",


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 returning to the 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 4:05.67.

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 . Along 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 Run. This 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 race in strong winds to 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.

April 19, 2008: A new 800 PR at the Vanderbilt Invitational, with a 2:04.48!

March 14, 2008: After running the #1 qualifying time in the mile earlier in the day, Sarah anchored the winning UT DMR with a 4:35.34 1600m split!

March 2, 2008: Sarah won the 3000, Mile, and anchored the winning DMR at the SEC meet at Arkansas.

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 in Canada.

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 and 2:08.62!.

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 [2003], currently at Stanford) by over two seconds.

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 her again!

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.

400m 56.79 (S) 5/4/2005 Brentsvile HS
800m 2:04.94 (S)(M)(NL) 5/19/2004 Adidas Outdoor
1500m 4:23.36 (N) 6/27/2004 College Station, TX
1600m 4:41.17 (S) 5/19/2005 Northwestern District Meet
Mile Run 4:36.95 (N) 6/18/2005 Nike Outdoor Nationals
3000m 10:36.63    
3200m 10:16.03 (S)(NL) 5/18/2005 Northwestern District Meet
5000m XC 18:21.9 10/9/2002 The Plains, VA
HJ 5' 05" (S)(tie) I-95 Invitational 3/29/2003
600m 1:33.17 (S) 1/15/2005 NY Armory
800m 2:10.75 (S) 3/13/2005 Nike Indoor
1000m 2:43.40 (N) 2/26/2005 VA AA State Meet
1500m 4:28.09 (e) 3/13/2005 Nike Indoor
1600m 4:51.3 (M) 2/16/2005 Region II Meet
Mile Run 4:46.79 (S) 3/13/2005 Nike Indoor
High Jump 5' 5.0" (S) 1/3/2004 East Coast Invitational
1500m 4:17.61 7/31/2005 Pan American Juniors
4000m 14:00.58 8/31/2007 Belmont Opener
5000m 17:21 9/19/2008 Tennessee Invitational
6000m 20:02.47 10/29/2005 Columbia, SC
800m 2:04.58 1/31/2009 Penn State
Mile 4:29.72 3/14/2009 NCAA Champs
3000m 9:11.31 1/17/2009 Lexington, KY
400m 57.69 4/21/2007 Vanderbilt
800m 2:03.64 5/17/2008 SEC Champs
1500m 4:07.50 6/14/2008 NCAA Champs
3000m 10:02.09 4/11/2008 Sea Ray Relays
5000m 16:20.78 3/27/2009 Stanford Inv.
1500m 4:05.67 7/13/2009 Athens Grand Prix
(N) - National Record, (M) - Meet Record, (NL) - National Leading Time, (S) - FHS Record (e) - En Route
* HS/HS is a high school performance in an all-high-school race. HS/OPEN is a high school performance in an open race.
**Fastest girls' time of the day among all (A, AA, AAA) racers.


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