Texas has landed a plethora of talent for the 2020 Track and Field program. Distance runners like Gracie Morris and Graydon Morris. Pole vaulter Reid Foster. Triple jump specialist Blake Harris. High jumper, Riley Foreman. Cross country stars like Sam Bass and Abraham Avila-Martinez.
Those stellar athletes cover the Track portion of ‘Track and Field.’ Running and jumping is on lock for the future in Austin. What about the ‘Field’ component?
Queue Kiana Lowery.
Lowery hails from Klein Cain High School in Tomball, Texas and is one of the best throwers in the state. She specializes in the discus and shot put. After the COVID-19 shortened season, she will now call The University of Texas her home.
“I’ve always had this certain attraction to UT. My uncle played football there when I was younger, and I always loved the culture. Then, as I began the recruiting process and did my research, I discovered that UT was an amazing place for academics as well, and that intrigued me even more,” Lowery explained. “Then on my official visit, everything just felt right and I knew for sure that UT was my home. I entertained other schools, but no school seemed to “check all the boxes” as UT did.”
Lowery holds personal bests of 147’9 in the discus and 46’.75 in the shot put. During her senior season she competed five times in the shot put and won four of them. To compliment her high school success, she also finished second and fourth in the shot put and discus respectively at the 2019 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships.
“My faith is a huge factor in my drive to be the best I can possibly be. Believing that God has amazing plans for me motivates me to keep striving for success in all that I do. Also, I think it’s just a part of my innate personality. I’ve always believed in being the pilot of my destiny and the way I do that is by grinding day in and day out. Plus knowing that I’m attending one of the most renowned universities in athletics and academics really pushes me to rise to the occasion,” Lowery said.
Lowery wasn’t a natural at first. She got to where she’s at through hard work and dedication. That’s the kind of athlete Texas should expect.
“I started throwing shot put and discus in seventh grade, and I was terrible! Both of my older sisters had thrown in middle school, so I thought why not. I was very awkward especially for a sport that required agility and poise. But I knew that I could be better,” Lowery said. “So I continued to do it in eighth grade and began summer track before the start of freshman year of high school, and I started to see extreme improvements. I think I kept going because I knew I hadn’t given all that I possibly could and I wanted to keep pushing myself to greater heights. I guess it worked out.”
Lowery has pushed herself to get better ever since she started. 2020 was supposed to be her year but unfortunately, COVID-19 cut it short. She’s looking forward to competing at Texas now more than ever.
“I am extremely excited to meet so many incredible people: coaches, professional athletes, mentors, and people who will become lifelong friends. I’m also excited to be immersed in such a lively and unique culture,” Lowery said. “I’m more than ready to start a new method of training under one of the best, if not the best, throwing coach in the country, Zeb Sion. I’ll also be able to study biochemistry and expand my knowledge in ways I never have before.”
Lowery is a massive gain for the Texas Track and FIeld program. A great athlete and person on and off the field. With so many distance and sprinting recruits coming in, someone needed to pave the way for the throwers. Kiana Lowery is that person.
“Fans should know that I’m pretty easygoing and a naturally caring person who loves adventure. Besides that, they should know that it was not always apparent that I would be where I am today, but with persistence and dedication I have been able to achieve what I have thus far, and that’s what keeps me humble. Also, I love y’all and am extremely grateful for the support!”
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