Lowe Named Conference Track Athlete of the Year
June 17, 2011
IRVING, Texas - Memphis senior hurdler Richard Lowe was named the 2011 Conference USA Men's Track Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Friday. He becomes the first Tiger to earn a C-USA Outdoor Athlete of the Year honor for his work on the track.
"Obviously, this is a tremendous honor for Richard and for our program," said Memphis head coach Kevin Robinson. "It shows our balance and our ability to train phenomenal athletes on the track and in the field."
Lowe earns the award based on his All-American performance in the 400m hurdles during the 2011 outdoor season. The Kansas City, Mo. native finished seventh in the finals of the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Championships, earning first-team All-American status and becoming the first Tiger hurdler to earn All-American since Terron Wright in 1981.
Lowe, the Conference USA Champion in the 400m hurdles, lowered the school record in the event on three separate occasions, ultimately setting the bar at 50.15s during the national semifinal at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Lowe also earned a bronze at the C-USA Outdoor Championships for his work with the 4x400m relay team.
It marks the second year in a row a Memphis athlete has earned conference Outdoor Athlete of the Year honors, with Steffen Nerdal sweeping the indoor and outdoor field awards in 2010. Gaute Myklebust was a two-time outdoor athlete of the year in 2003-04.
Joining Lowe as honorees for the 2011 Outdoor season were Houston's Chris Carter (men's field), Southern Miss' Torie Bowie (women's field) and UCF's Jackie Coward (women's track).
Lowe isn't done with his career on the track. Next week, he will compete in the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.