Graham's Lowry joins Rio track squad


Graham High School's Floyd Lowry is joined by
family and coaches as he signs to run at Rio Grande.

ST. PARIS, Ohio – University of Rio Grande track & field head coach Bob Willey has announced the signing of Graham High School's Floyd Lowry for the 2014 season.

Lowry, a 6-foot-0, 170-pound, competed primarily in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles this spring for coach Chrystal Long's Falcons.

Lowry ran a personal-best time of 15.92 in the 110 hurdles to take first place at the district championship meet and finished ninth in regional competition with a time of 15.97.

Lowry also reached the regional level in the 300 hurdles after taking second place in the district meet. His PR in the event came at the Central Buckeye Conference Championship in May when he crossed the line in 41.01.

Lowry, who also plans to play basketball at Rio Grande, also participated in the 200-meter dash and 4x400 relay this spring.

"It's incredible to be able to continue my track & field and basketball careers at Rio," the first team All-CBC selection said. "To have this opportunity is an awesome feeling. Ever since I was a little kid watching college sports, playing at the collegiate level has been a dream for me. I don't know where I would be without everyone who got me here."

Lowry also received recruiting interest from Ohio Northern University for basketball only, but said the opportunity to be a two-sport athlete was among the factors which led him to sign with the RedStorm.

"The cost is reasonable, too," said Lowry. "They've got a great program and a great recruiting class coming in this year, which will help me push myself and become better."

Willey said Lowry has just begun to see a glimpse of his potential.

"Floyd's an outstanding individual in general. He grew up on a farm, so he's got a great work ethic and he's from a great family," he said. "He ran track for the first time this year and had a great deal of success, but I think his better days are ahead of him. His coaches said he was the first one at the track and he'd stay trying to do as much as he could. He's very athletic, he plays basketball and he's spoken to coach French about playing here – if not on the varsity, then as a member of the junior varsity. He's a great student, too. We're thrilled to have him."

Lowry also pointed to his athleticism as his top attribute.

"I feel like I'm someone who can do a lot of different things," he said. "I know I need to improve on my form for hurdles. That was my biggest flaw this year and the one that needs the most work. But my ultimate goal is to be the best student-athlete I can be at Rio and, hopefully, to become an All-American."

Lowry, who will major in Sports & Exercise Science, is the son of Jeff and Paula Lowry of St. Paris.