Melissa Bowman
Melissa Bowman
Height: 5-3
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Derwood, Md.
High School: Col. Zadok Magruder
Major: Sociology and Spanish

2014: CAC All-Academic Team.

2013: CAC All-Academic Team.

2012: CAC All-Academic Team ... First year on the team ... Competed in all eight meets ... Scored points in four races as No. 5 runner ... Season-best finish of 45th at Goucher Classic ... Season-best time of 27:18 at Salisbury Fall Classic.

Magruder HS: 2011 graduate ... Two-sport athlete (tennis, indoor and outdoor track & field) ... Tennis: Played for Coach Lee ... Four-year varsity player ... Track & Field: Competed for Nathan Timm ... National Honor Society ... Mathematics National Honor Society ... Spanish National Honor Society ... PEAC Scholar.

Personal: Melissa Louise Bowman ... Dean's List (Fall '11, '12, '13; Spring '12, '13) ... Phi Beta Kappa (Spring '15) ... Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology, inducted Spring '14) ... Chi Alpha Sigma (student-athlete, inducted Spring '14) ... Studied abroad in Costa Rica and Nicaragua (Spring 2013) ... Recipient, SMCM Academic Scholarship for all four years ... Dance Club (2013-14) ... Born August 9, 1993 in Shady Grove, Md. ... Daughter of Gary and Elise Bowman ... Has a younger sister, Dana.

Why St. Mary's?: "Small, public, honors, liberal arts school.  Good price, good reputation."

Aspirations: To become a public health professional.

Best SMCM Sports Moment: "My best SMCM sports moment is at the Cross Country Championship 2012 at Frostburg. We had run the course once before and all I remembered was that the course kicked my butt. It was an extremely difficult course and every one had a slow time on it. I was so nervous the day of the championship because I knew what was coming. Our coach told us to run with our hearts and be mentally tough. I knew that this was my moment and that I would not be able to handle the disappointment of failure. I ran the course with the mantra of "You can do this ... You have to do this ... Push harder" running in my head and in the end I did it. I shaved off a whole minute from the first time I had run this course, passed a girl just 10 ft from the finish line, and scored for my team. I couldn't breathe, but I was ecstatic. I ran into my coach's arms for a hug and exclaimed, "I did it!""