Southmont’s Justin Lowe will be joining the Indiana
University East Red Wolves Track team this fall. His recent graduation was
accompanied with a trip to the IHSAA Track & Field State meet.
IU East picked him up on their radar after Southmont
athletic director Aaron Charles contacted him about Lowe’s qualification for
“We went up after Sectional and we saw him run at Regional
and the State meet,” Red Wolves coach David Sanders said. “He definitely caught
our eye with the times.”
Lowe ran his personal best of 49.4 seconds in the 400 dash
at the Regional meet but Sanders said the offer was not only about times.
“Obviously we want guys who can come in and help us out and
run fast but Justin, himself, came in with a great attitude and we were more
impressed with him than the times,” Sanders stated.
Lowe will be joining the team for the 400 open as well as
the 4X400 relay. He has experience being the anchor for the relay but may also
move to starter.
“He can run, he was blessed with that ability,” Sanders
said. “But I think that he will develop into a leader for that group, who sets
an example in the classroom and on the field.”
Lowe will also run some 200 opens for the Red Wolves as
“In high school I was decent, so that’s why they want to
feel me in the 200 and see where I’m at in the college level,” Lowe said.
Lowe pulled his hamstring at State in the 400 where he was
seeded ninth and hopes to get back on the track in the next few weeks to start
training for the fall and the indoor season starting in December. He said the
main thing he will bring from high school is the mental factor.
“All my experiences in high school have taught me that
nerves are a big factor on how you run,” he said. “You have to believe in
yourself, know what you’re capable and go out and own your race.”
Lowe will be joining 14 other recruits for the track &
field team at IU East.
“It all came down to that I wanted to run,” Lowe said. “IU
East had a really good program and I was leaning towards a smaller school. I’m
used to going to a small school and having that coach-to-athlete connection.”
Lowe will be studying communications and film.