Former Tiger Prepares for Olympic Trials
May 31, 2012
MEMPHIS, TENN.-Former University of Memphis hurdler Richard Lowe will be participating in the USA Olympic Trials June 22-23 in Eugene, Oregon. Lowe is currently working out daily at the Billy J. Murphy Track and Field Complex located on the University of Memphis Park Avenue Campus in preparation for his qualifying bid in the men's 400m hurdles.
As a senior with Memphis in 2011, Lowe won the C-USA 400m Hurdles Championship and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary where he took third with a time of 50.62 qualifying him for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. In qualifying for the championship finals, Lowe turned in a personal record of 50.15 which ranked him in the top-20 in the nation and in the top-60 in the world. The Kansas City, Mo. native finished seventh in the 400m hurdle finals, with a 50.99 run.
Lowe's performance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships earned him First-Team All-America honors, making him Memphis' first track All-American since Nick Brooks (880 yard run) and Terron Wright (60 yard hurdles and 200m dash). Lowe is the only hurdler in the modern era from Memphis to become an All-American.
Following his performance at the NCAA Championship, Lowe was named C-USA Male Athlete of the Year. Additionally, Lowe qualified for the 2011 USATF National Championships where he finished 11th in the semifinal round just shy of making the finals.
Lowe currently works with Memphis track and field squads as a volunteer-assistant coach. For more information on the University of Memphis track and field program and all Tigers-athletics please visit GoTigersGo.com.