SHERITA LOWMAN, senior, Delcastle girls track and field
THE WEEK: Won the 100-meter hurdles (14.98 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (47.57) and finished second in the triple jump (35 feet, 1½ inches) at the Blue Hen Conference track and field championships on Saturday.
THE DIFFICULTY: Hurdling is one of the most technical track events, with proper form being critical to maintaining speed while clearing each obstacle. “I like it because it’s not easy for everybody to hurdle,” Lowman said. “The hardest part about hurdling is three-stepping and leaning. If you can’t do that, it’s not going to be that easy.”
THE COACH SAYS: “She’s competitive,” Delcastle coach Carmella Anderson said. “She won’t give up, she doesn’t quit, she wants to be better. She goes into a meet with the mindset that she’s the best. She works that way at practice as well.”
THE LENGTH: Lowman is 5-feet-8, her longer legs helping her take just three steps in between each hurdle in the 100. But there is a tradeoff. “I’m so tall, I have to get on the ground quicker than everybody else because they’re already lower to the ground than me,” she said.
THE LEARNING: “Just perfecting her form has been a challenge from the beginning,” Anderson said. “She’s learning as she goes, but she’s a fast learner.”
THE PREFERENCE: Lowman’s favorite event is the 100 hurdles, where she set a personal record on Saturday. “The 300 is a little bit harder, because it’s not that easy to practice,” she said. “You have to run all out each time.”
THE START: Lowman in the defending DIAA Division I and Meet of Champions champ in the 100-meter hurdles, and won the 55-meter hurdles at the DIAA Indoor meet in February. She is working to improve the critical phase before the first hurdle. “Her start is not the best, so we’re working on that every day,” Anderson said. “That is one of the main things that she has to work on, and it’s been a challenge for her.”
THE CLASSROOM: Lowman studies Culinary Arts at Delcastle, where she prefers baking. “I just love making cupcakes,” she said with a laugh. “They make everybody happy.”
THE FUTURE: Lowman has signed to continue her track and field career at Indiana Tech, where she plans to study Business Administration. “I want to own my own bakery after I finish college,” she said.
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