Track and field Runner Chris Low suffered an injury that kept him off the baseball field during his senior year at Canyon High School. It was a devastating, dark moment for him. However, the experienced cross-country runner found light on the running track.
The 2010 Canyon High graduate decided to join the track team at Canyon High School, and that’s where he found success. “I’m okay at cross-country but I excel in track,” says Low. At the Cal relays in Cerritos, Chris Low posted a time 1:50.3 in the 800 meter run, a new national and state collegiate record. He also posted a second place time of 3:55.16 in the 1,500 meter run at the Mount San Antonio College relays last week.
Low always had a passion for sports, but he plans on following the footsteps of the most inspirational person in his life – his dad. “I’ve always loved sports, but I’m majoring in criminal justice so I plan on becoming a police officer just like my dad. My dad was also a runner and he has a faster time than me at the moment. So I’m hoping to break that this year,” he said.
The Canyon Country resident has dreamed about being in the Olympics and he is currently an average of one second from making the U.S. Olympic trials. Low’s future plans include attending Cal State Long Beach where he’ll continue to take courses in criminal justice, as well as plans on participating in the school’s track and field team.
Head Coach Belinda Kane says Chris Low’s dedication and hard work has been a wonderful additional to the team. “He has extremely fast leg turnover for the 800 meter relays and he also has a really fast 400 time,” Kane said. “He has a great story and contributed it to his work ethic, being competitive, and wanting to run just shows how dedicated he is.”
Track and field is in the family according to the freshman. Last year, him and his cousin both shared the state title in the 800-meter run at the Community College Athletic Association track and field state championship.
“Our entire family was there that day, it was just great.”