Sarah Bowman charts top 10 finish

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Tennessee junior Sarah Bowman once again played the role of pacesetter, charting a top-10 finish as the 28th-ranked Lady Volunteers placed eighth out of 47 teams Friday afternoon at Lehigh's Brooks Paul Short Run.

A native of Warrenton, Va., Bowman covered the 6,000-meter Goodman Campus Course in 20 minutes, 51 seconds to wind up ninth out of a field of 317 runners in the Women's College Brown Championship Race. With a readout that was 46 seconds better than her 21:37 clocking of a year ago, Bowman posted the eighth top-10 outcome of her career and led UT to the finish line for the third time this season and the seventh occasion in her career.

Bowman's effort allowed a limited UT squad to wind up eighth with 281 points. No. 13 Princeton tallied 45 points to win for the second straight year. West Virginia (118) was second, with No. 23 Texas Tech (154), No. 5 Wisconsin (157), Stony Brook (185), Syracuse (191), Cornell (280), UT, Penn (308) and Harvard (361) rounding out the top 10.

Also running well was Bowman's classmate, Katie Van Horn, who checked in 16th in 21:03 for a 21-second improvement over her time last year at this event. Van Horn now has scored in eight straight races for Tennessee, running second on the squad in her past four outings.

Freshman Brittany Sheffey was the next to hit the finish chute for the Big Orange, taking 66th in 22:03. She was followed by sophomore Jackie Areson, who was 77th in 22:15, junior Rolanda Bell, who crossed the line 113th in 22:41, and sophomore Phoebe Wright, who covered the distance in 22:55 to place 137th.

Sheffey ran third for Team Orange for the second race and has scored on all three occasions this season, while Areson now has contributed to the scoring cause in all nine races she has run as a Lady Vol. As UT's sixth finisher, Wright missed the scoring cut for the first time in 2007 after running fifth at both the Belmont Opener and Bulldog Stampede.

"Obviously, we have to have a closer spread than that," UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "We did have a couple of bright spots in Sarah and Katie. The whole idea is to get five or six running well at the same time, and that's what we will continue to work on doing.

"Sarah ran a very similar race today to what Katie Flaute ran in taking eighth last season. Katie Van Horn really stepped it up a notch today, and I was very happy to see that. Jackie didn't have her best day, but we know she's a quality athlete and will reveal that later in the season."

The Lady Vols will train for two weeks before returning to action on Oct. 12 at the 6K Penn State National Invitational in University Park, Pa. Race time is 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

"We look forward to going to Penn State in two weeks," Clark said. "That race will give us a better indication of where we are as a team."


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