By Lucas Wright
Vienna High School senior Trenton Lowery took to the track Saturday afternoon to compete in his final high school career race, the 300 Intermediate Hurdles State Finals.
Lowery ran his fastest time ever at 39.71 seconds, placing 4th overall.
The race was expected to be a tight one, with each of the competitors running within nearly a second of each other in the preliminaries.
Prior to the race, Lowery was projected to place ninth, having the slowest time of the nine hurdlers in the final.
However, when the race began, Lowery found himself in the middle of the pack and tried to distance himself from the back of the pack. He gained on the leaders and managed to climb to fourth place following the final hurdle.
Lowery’s final time was just a half second behind the first place finisher’s time, and he was only one tenth of a second from third.
Trenton Lowery’s feat was the first time a male athlete from VHS has placed at the state track meet. He was the first to place at state since Darla Waters in 2001.
Lowery looked back on his accomplishment saying, “Competing at the state track meet had been a goal of mine since my freshmen year. As it approached, I knew I had a good chance at placing well in the 300 meter hurdles. I kept that in my head throughout my senior year track season and worked hard at practices, and that paid off.”
“It’s an experience I’ll never forget,” Lowery said.