The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet 
Justin Lowe signed with the IU East Red Wolves Thursday.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet
Justin Lowe signed with the IU East Red Wolves Thursday.

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 Regionals.

“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 well.

“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.