Sarah Bowman competed in the freshman mile at the Nike Indoor Classic a year ago and was among a group of runners who watched in awe as Molly Huddle of Elmira, N.Y., set a meet record in the open mile.
"A lot of the girls said they wanted to be like her," Bowman said. "I said that I'm going to be like her."
Now a sophomore, Bowman hasn't yet reached the level of Huddle, the national record holder in the two-mile run. But Sunday at the Nike Indoor Classic in Landover, Md., Bowman put on her own star performance. She dominated the mile run and won the national title in a personal best of 4 minutes 49.67 seconds.
Bowman, a two-time All-Met whose time was a second and a half faster than second-place Katie Harrington of Carmel, Ind., has the fastest adjusted 1,600-meter time in Virginia by six seconds. Sunday, she burst to the lead in the final 400 meters and was not challenged at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
"I wanted to stay right behind the leader," Bowman said. "I was supposed to wait until 200 [meters remained], but I felt pretty good, so I decided to go for it."
Scanlan Takes a Break
After using an exhaustive practice schedule to prepare for the Virginia AA meet in Salem two weeks ago, Loudoun County sophomore Dan Scanlan decided to take time off after winning the 160-pound state title. For him, that means he worked out with weights only a few times last week and kept a limited practice schedule.
Though he said he felt out of shape for the Virginia Challenge, which pitted Group AAA wrestlers against their AA and A counterparts, Scanlan defeated Great Bridge's Nick Pullano, the AAA runner-up at 152 pounds, 8-7, on Saturday at Eastern Montgomery High near Christiansburg.
"I wrestled real sloppy because I was not in shape," Scanlan said. "All I did was lift. I didn't do any cardio. I couldn't find anywhere to practice. But I think if I would've been in shape for the match, I would've beaten him by much more."
Scanlan will continue to wrestle throughout the spring and summer and travel to meets in Ohio and Pennsylvania in the next month. He is working toward the USA Wrestling national tournament in Fargo, N.D., in July, when he will wrestle at 171 pounds, up a weight class from this season.
"I'm doing it just to get more matches," Scanlan said. "The more experience you get, the better you are."
Falcons Pick Colleges
The success of the Fauquier field hockey team can be measured by its back-to-back appearances in the Virginia AA/A semifinals the past two seasons. Now it can also be gauged by the college plans of several players.
Emma Rapp and Lindsay O'Bannon, three-year starters for the Falcons, will play Division I field hockey this fall. Rapp, a midfielder, signed a partial scholarship this week with California-Berkeley. O'Bannon, Fauquier's career scoring leader with 35 goals and 21 assists, is an invited walk-on at Virginia and could earn scholarship money after her first year, Falcons Coach Linda Lee said.
California lost to eventual national champion Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and Virginia has qualified for seven of the past eight NCAA tournaments.
Midfielder Ellen Dineen will play for Roanoke College, a Division III school that won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
"We've been pretty consistent through the years," said Lee, whose teams have won 28 of their past 32 games. "I've had a lot of good kids who've worked hard. They have a lot to be proud of."
Staff Coming Together
Dominion High, which is to open in August in Sterling, should have its fall coaching staff filled by the end of the month, according to Athletic Director Joe Fleming.
Coaching positions are not being finalized until the complete teaching faculty is hired, Fleming said. The preference is to have coaches who also teach at the school or at the least in the county. Fleming said he has 12 candidates from inside and outside the county for the Titans' head football job.
Brian Schmidt has been hired to coach cross-country. He currently teaches physical education at Sterling Middle School and will join the Dominion staff in the fall.
The application period for coaches for winter sports ended Tuesday, and Fleming said he would like to have those coaches in place by the end of April.
Staff writers Alan Goldenbach and Drew vanEsselstyn contributed to this report.