Colby Lowe Named Cross Country Volunteer Coach

July 21, 2016

DENTON – The North Texas cross country team has announced former Oklahoma State All-America runner Colby Lowe as the new volunteer assistant coach.

Lowe had an illustrious running career at Southlake Carroll and in college at Oklahoma State University. He was a seven-time Texas State High School Champion, and was also named the Texas Gatorade Athlete of the Year in 2008. During his college days at Oklahoma State, Lowe was a five-time All-America, and led OSU to two NCAA cross country team championships.

"I am very excited to have Colby join our program as our cross country volunteer assistant and track & field coach for the 2016-2017 academic year as he makes the full transition from professional runner to collegiate coach,” cross country coach Stefanie Slekis said. “Colby was an outstanding high school runner for Southlake Carroll, so he is very familiar with the DFW area that I heavily recruit for our program. He also was a huge part of building the Oklahoma State men's team into a national powerhouse in cross country, helping them win their first Big 12 team title as a freshman, and then two NCAA Championships and a runner-up finish his last three years.”

Lowe holds two Oklahoma State school records in the indoor 5k (13:45.01) and the outdoor 10k (28:45.91). The Southlake native, finished inside the top-10 at the NCAA cross country championships three times, and was awarded numerous academic awards in his time at OSU.

“Colby understands what it takes to build a successful program, and will be a vital asset as we continue to build the North Texas men's and women's cross country teams,” added Slekis. We want to continually be in the hunt to win Conference USA championships, and ultimately the program's first berth in the NCAA Championship.”

Also joining the Mean Green as a volunteer assistant will be former North Texas standout Troy Taylor, who has a goal of competing in the U.S. track and field championships in 2017. Taylor helped the North Texas men’s cross country team take home its first-ever Conference USA championship in 2014. Taylor also competed in the 2014 NCAA championships, placing 147th.


 

 

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