Runner Reflects on Long Career

Jamie Tanata

Jamie Tanata

Brad Lowery, SDSU’s number one runner for the men’s cross-country team, is on his way to the top, recently being named North Central Conference men’s cross-country athlete of the week Sept. 16.

This past Saturday, Lowery lead the jacks to an eighth-place finish in the J.P. Doyle Meet of Champions, hosted by Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. Lowery placed sixth in the meet with a time of 25:43 inching first place runner Joe Mcalister of Iona College by 30 seconds on the 8,000 meter course.

SDSU was one of the three non-division I teams Saturday in the 19-team meet that included division II teams from New York, Villanova, Auburn, Dartmouth and Boston to name a few.

Lowery, a 21-year old junior Physics major, has set a few high goals for the season individually as well as for the team. “We have some very good potential on the team because of all the returning athletes, and all are really improving,” he said.

Lowery said this year he is working towards placing number one in the North Central Conference and to place the top five in the nation.

As for the team, he would like to lead them to their fourth consecutive conference win and bring them into the top four in the nation. “We’re trying to do as well as we did last year,” he said.

Lowery’s off-season has consisted of a lot of hard training to be where he is now this season. “I was expecting to be better this year, but I know my goals are more realistic this year though,” he said.

SDSU’s Men’s Cross-Country Head Coach Paul Danger said, “Brad is ahead of where he was last year this time, which is great optimism as the season progresses.”