MEDFORD – Named as both GoTuftsJumbos.com and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Athlete of the Week on Monday, senior co-captain Brittany Bowman of the Jumbo women's outdoor track & field team took it to another level on Tuesday as she has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III Women's National Athlete of the Week.
One national lead wasn't enough for Bowman, so she made it two. Bowman already had the No. 1 mark nationally in the 10,000 meters at 34:51.07, set two weeks ago at the Tufts Snowflake Classic.
She returned to the track this past weekend at Connecticut College's Silfen Invitational and clocked the nation's fastest time over 5,000 meters. Bowman crossed the finish line in 16:42.30, which is 0.29 seconds faster than what Ithaca's Taryn Cordani did the same day at the Bison Outdoor Classic. Those two finished 1-2 in the 5,000 at the NCAA Indoor Championships, won by Bowman.
Both the 5K and 10K times are outdoor PRs for Bowman. She bettered her PR in the outdoor 5000 by 29 seconds. She was just 0.33 off the Tufts school record (16:41.97) set by Cat Beck in 2008.
Bowman is the first female athlete from Tufts to be named National Athlete of the Week during the outdoor season. It's the second National Athlete of the Week honor received by a Jumbo in back-to-back weeks. Lacrosse senior Calie Nowak was the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association DIII Offensive Player of the Week last week.
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