Anthony Lowe likes to put on a show. He sings -- a cappella and with musical backup -- at parties. He plays trombone, tenor and alto saxophones and participates in the school band.
But the show business adage wishing good luck -- "break a leg-- means something altogether different in track and field, his other great passion. And last year, though he didn't break anything, Lowe strained the medial collateral ligament of his left knee, taking him out of the indoor regionals and state championships.
His Meade Mustang teammates won their second straight boystate 4A title without him. Tomorrow, at the Fifth Regiment Armory (3:30 p.m.), they hope to "three-peat." And this time Lowe, a senior, is ready to contribute points in four events -- the 55-meter --, 55-meter hurdles, high jump and 800-meter relay.
Not that he'll be a one-man band. Meade coach Jay Cuthbert ilooking for points from Eric and Jeff Miller and Brian Glock in the pole vault, Derrick Barr in the high jump, Ray Burleson in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs, and from all three relay teams -- 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. And Cuthbert hopes that Meade's girls, regional winners, can place in the top three.
"Everybody wants it, especially the seniors," Lowe said. "Thewant to go out with a bang and achieve something."
Lowe, in his fourth year of track, is certainly an achiever. He wahis junior class president -- "I just like performing and speaking in front of people," he said -- and holds a leadership position in Meade's ROTC program. A 2.7 student, he starts his homework after practice, then works four nights a week from 6 to 10 p.m. at a book distributor and finishes his homework afterward.
"He's got a good head on his shoulders and sets good goals fohimself," said Cuthbert. "He's a quiet type of leader. He's real helpful with the younger kids on hurdles and in the high jump. He's got patience and spends a lot of time with them. He does a good job with it."
At 5 feet 9, Lowe is short for a hurdler and high jumper, thoughe has personal bests of 7.6 seconds and 6 feet 5 in those events. "It's harder for short people to run hurdles," he said. "I just work long hours of practice on technique."
Long hours of work with weights helped raise his weight in onyear from 140 pounds to 170, much of it seemingly in his thighs. Consequently, though his speed has developed, Lowe hasn't topped 6-2 in the high jump yet this season.
"The extra weight lowered his center of gravity a few inches,Cuthbert said.
The armory also will be the site of boys and girls statchampionships in Class 1A/2A, Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., and Class 3A, Thursday at 3:30 p.m.