Robert F. Lowe Jr.
Robert F. Lowe Jr.
Team: Track & Field

Robert F. Lowe, Jr. '61
Track & Field
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Robert F. Lowe, Jr. ’61 wrote one of the finest chapters in Brown track history during his years on College Hill. After an illustrious career at Dwight Morrow High in Englewood, NJ, he led the Brown freshman cross country team to a perfect 4-0 season, won the N.E. freshman crown, and finished 6th among the nation’s best in the IC4A’s. Lowe won four of six dual meet races as a sophomore and five of six his junior year before posting a 5-0 mark during his senior season. In the fall of 1960, Brown went undefeated for the first time in the 38-year history of cross-country, defeated Yale for the first time, won the New Englands, came in third in the Heps, and finished 10th in the IC4A’s. None of it would have been possible without Lowe. In a Pentagonal meet at Boston, Lowe led the field home in 19-30, the fastest time ever recorded by a collegian over the 4.2-mile Franklin Park course. He also set a course record at Providence College and then gained the grand slam of cross country by finishing first in the New Englands (second year in a row), the Heps, and the IC4A’s. In the spring of his senior year, Lowe posted a double victory in the IC4A track championships at Villanova. He set a meet record of 14:12 in the demanding three-mile run and then came back with only 28 minutes to rest to capture the steeplechase in 9:35. A case of mono during the Olympic Trials deprived him of an opportunity to represent the United States in the 1960 games. As captain of the 1960 cross country team, Lowe got the runners together in New Hampshire for two weeks of pre-season conditioning that Coach Ivan Fuqua claimed was the key to the undefeated season that followed. Lowe logged approximately 760 miles between the pre-season conditioning and his spring victory in IC4A’s. “By far the best example of a captain I’ve ever seen at Brown,” Coach Fuqua said. In May of 1961, Lowe set a Brown and Heptagonal record for the two-mile with a 9:05.8 clocking, a Brown outdoor mile record of 4:15, and lowered the IC4A three-mile time to 14:11.8 by winning that event for the second straight year.