Anthony Lowe made the most of his short time with the Central Crossing boys track and field team.
The 2020 graduate didn't start running with the program until his sophomore year, but enjoyed everything about track, especially how it helped him in his primary sport of football.
Lowe, a wide receiver and defensive back for the Comets' football program, planned to use his senior track season to prepare for the start of his football career at Tiffin University. However, spring sports were canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, forcing him to conduct solo workouts from home to stay in shape.
"I really have a love for track even though I started it late," Lowe said. "I started my sophomore year.
"Track was one of the things that I never thought about doing. I had some friends talk me into doing it because they thought it would help me in football and basketball. It helped me a great deal."
Lowe, who expects to be a slot receiver for Tiffin, said track and football complement each other perfectly.
"They involve the versatility of getting from point A to point B," he said. "The conditioning, the endurance and the speed in track all help out with that."
Track coach Reggie Cannon said Lowe was dependable and attentive during team workouts and meets.
"Ant works hard, and he's one of those guys who works hard when he comes to practice," Cannon said. "He wants to be better than he was in the two hours before he came to practice.
"He's not a gifted, natural athlete, but he's a tough competitor. Track helped him in basketball and it helped him in football. He's undersized (5-foot-11, 176 pounds), but he has a great drive to make himself good."
Lowe had run the 200 meters, the 400 and on the sprint relays as a junior but also was expected to compete in the long jump this spring. Last season, he teamed with Tye Bradley, A.J. Farmer and Kyren Glaze to win the 400 relay (44.68 seconds) in the OCC-Central Division meet.
"I loved running the relays," Lowe said. "It's so competitive. I'm out there with my family, my friends. They push you to be great."
Cannon had high expectations for the relays this spring with Lowe as the anchor and that Lowe would have been a top scorer for the Comets in his individual events.
"We had a shot of having a good relay, even with Farmer not returning this spring," Cannon said. "Ant could have been one of the best 400 runners that we have had in a long time, and I bet he would have been a good long-jumper. If he would have stayed healthy, it would have been interesting to see how good he could have been."
Lowe said Cannon was a great role model who taught him to never stop believing in himself.
"Coach taught me to never, ever quit," he said. "He told us to keep our heads high and keep going, always keep your spirits high and never give up."
Lowe is philosophical about missing his final track season and missing time with his classmates at school during Ohio's stay-at-home order.
"The journey has really been different," he said. "I'm still working out and doing what I need to do. I have been making myself do sets of pushups, trying to stay active and stay in shape.
"I've learned how to handle all kinds of adversity. There are only so many things you can control, and I kind of realize that this could be a blessing in disguise. Some people might be sitting around doing nothing, but I have been putting in the work. I will be ready."