College indoor track

Bowman wins national 5K title, breaks school record

Camden Hills graduate, past state cross-country champion, bolts to first
By Mark Haskell | Mar 13, 2018
Courtesy of: Courtesy of: Tufts University Tufts University student-athlete Brittany Bowman, a Camden Hills Regional High School graduate and past state Class B individual cross-country champion, now also is a national collegiate champion.

Medford, Mass. — Brittany Bowman has done nothing but improve incrementally nearly every race of her collegiate career — or her entire racing tenure spanning back to middle school for that matter — and those results and accolades have continued to pile up for the 2014 Camden Hills Regional High School graduate during her senior indoor track season at Tufts University.

Now, at the conclusion of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Women’s Indoor Track and Field championships on Friday, March 9, Bowman held the distinction all collegiate athletes aspire for — namely, that of national champion.

Bowman proved best of the best as she set a school record in the 5,000 meters with a blistering time of 16 minutes and 31 seconds to win the national title in that event. Her efforts, along with those of teammates, also gave Tufts an 11th-place finish overall.

For Bowman, it is her first national title and 16th by the Jumbo women’s indoor and outdoor program since 1982.

She was seeded seventh among 17 runners in the race with a qualifying time of 16:58.08. Her win also made her the first Jumbo woman to win a national title in track and field since Jana Hieber in the 400 hurdles in 2014, the first indoor national championship for the school since 2009 (distance medley relay) and the women’s program’s first distance title since Nancy Benson won the outdoor 3K in 1988. It also was Tufts’ 10th individual title in any sport since 2010.

Her tremendous efforts also earned Bowman the status of All-American for the sixth time in her career. She has now earned the national recognition in five straight track and cross-country seasons. Starting with her junior cross-country season in 2016 when she was 18th at the NCAA championships, she also has been eighth in the 5K indoors last March, fifth in the 10K outdoors last May and 11th at the cross country nationals in November.

Bowman said she is “beyond happy” about her national 5K finish and that “the hard work paid off.”

“I did not go into that race expecting to win,” she said. “With one mile to go I was still with the leader and that was when it hit me that maybe I could win if I just used all willpower to not drop back. With 600 meters to go I took the lead and told myself to finish the race as hard as I could.”

Bowman had set her goal for the season in December to make each day count “and I thought maybe something great could happen if I really focused.”

As it turned out, that is exactly what happened for Bowman. And it did not happen by accident.

“Training hard, staying extra long at practices to get more done and living a healthy lifestyle to me seems like the straightforward keys to success,” she said. “I’ve found the harder part to success is rebounding from bumps or rough patches and turning them around to use to my advantage.”

She said while home in Camden on winter break, she pushed herself to continue to run seven to 12 miles “during the many -10- to -20-degree wind-chill days” and it mentally made her a tougher runner.

And, the biochemistry major is beginning to take stock as her collegiate career winds to a close, adding that “Running at Tufts has been an important part of my four years here.”

“I will treasure the ordinary moments like waking up at the crack of dawn to run along the Charles River during sunrise with my teammates and the big moments like competing at the national level. But I will also treasure the lessons learned like how to work together as a team, how to be a leader/captain and how to stay focused and determined to achieve my goals.”

As a member of the Windjammer cross country team, Bowman finished no lower than fifth in the state Class B championship race all four years, including winning the event, packed with 103 runners, as a sophomore.

She also was a four-time New England qualifier, made the All-New England cross-country team on two occasions and also was an accomplished member of the Windjammer indoor and outdoor track teams in the winter and spring, respectively.

Comments (2)
Posted by: SUE HOPKINS | Mar 14, 2018 11:21

congratulations, Brittany!  way to go!!

 

 



Posted by: Central Office | Mar 13, 2018 20:33

Congratulations Brittany!!!

 



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