Former U of M hurdler trains for Olympic Trials

(WMC-TV) – Former University of Memphis hurdler Richard Lowe has never been overseas, but he has a chance to cross the Atlantic for the first time at this summer's London Olympics.

Lowe qualified in the 400m hurdles at next week's U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

"Just to go out and perform," Lowe said of his expectations for the Olympic Trials. "Just to do my best, no bad races, no hit hurdles, and see if I can sneak one, steal one or get a moral victory for myself. I may not be a favorite to win, but if I can steal one I'd be very happy."

He's been training daily at the Billy J. Murphy Track and Field Complex on the U of M South Campus to prepare for his qualifying bid.

"It would be a dream come true," Lowe said. "I'd be one of the guys I watched when I was younger on TV, and be like man, I can do that, and here I am now."

Lowe was an All-American as a senior in 2011, winning the Conference USA 400m Hurdles Championship, and finishing seventh in the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The Kansas City, Mo. native was just the first track All-American for Memphis 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 earn All-America honors.

Lowe was also named C-USA Male Athlete of the Year in 2011.

The preliminary round for the men's 400m hurdle at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. is set for Thursday, June 28 at 4 p.m. CST. if he advances, he will run again Friday in the semi-final at 1:30 p.m. CST. If he makes the finals, he will run Sunday at 2:12 p.m. CST.

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