Lakeside High School’s Sarah Bowles wasn’t nervous Tuesday and she didn’t have to be. She was already a Rambling Wreck.
After having previously signed her letter of intent to run cross country and track for Georgia Tech, Bowles was joined by family and friends at her signing ceremony at the high school.
Bowles considered looking at out-of-state schools or possibly going to the University of Georgia to join her sister Anna, who is a sophomore runner for the Bulldogs, but once she visited Georgia Tech, that was it.
“Not only is it, like, a really great academic place, they’re actually No. 1 in the nation or No. 2 in my intended major, but also the coaches and the team are a perfect fit for me and I really connected with them on my official visit,” said Bowles, who plans on studying bio-medical engineering.
Having her friend and former teammate Katie Townsend, who is a sophomore at the school, didn’t hurt.
“It was definitely great to see her and just hear her opinion of how it’s been going and that really helped me out,” Bowles said. “It will definitely be cool to run with Katie again.”
With two daughters running at different Division I schools, choices might have to be made about which meets to attend, but her parents weren’t worried about that.
“We will happily figure that out when the time comes,” Bowles’ mother Connie said. “They’ll probably wind up running against each other a few times.”
Bowles was the 2012 Region 2-AAAAA cross country runner-up and was 13th at the state meet. Last year she finished third in the 1600 meters and fifth in the 3200 at the Class AAAA state track and field championships. The signing doesn’t take any pressure off her for the coming track season.
“This track season I still have big goals,” she said. “I want to show the coaches at Georgia Tech that I’m really excited about next year and show them what I’m capable of.”
Lakeside cross country coach Jerry Meitin has no doubts she will do well at Georgia Tech.
“I remember the first time I saw her running as a middle school student,” said Meitin. “You knew she was fast. Then you get to know her and she was such a great leader as a captain. She will excel at Tech because she excels at everything she tries to do.”