Lowe Set for USA Olympic Trials
June 26, 2012
MEMPHIS, TENN.- Former University of Memphis hurdler Richard Lowe begins his quest for the 2012 London Olympics, on Thursday, at the USA Olympic Trials in the 400m hurdles qualifying round. For Lowe the opportunity to represent his country is nothing short of a dream come true.
"As a kid I would imagine that it was me and I would win," Richard Lowe said. "If I could go back in time to talk to myself when I was six or seven and tell myself this is what I would be doing when I was in college, I would not believe myself."
Lowe will take the track in Eugene, Ore. at 4 p.m. (CT) for the men's 400m hurdle qualifying round. If the former Tiger continues to advance he will run again on Friday in the semifinals set for 1:35 p.m. (CT), with the finals set for Sunday at 2:12 p.m. (CT).
"My goal is to go out and perform and just do my best, no bad races and no hit hurdles, " Lowe said. "I may not be a favorite to win but if I can sneak one I'll be happy."
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 time 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.