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Prep Track and Field Notepad: Healthy again, Lowery ready to compete

Stafford High School junior track and field standout Hannah Lowery returned to practice on Tuesday with the intent of running again this season.

Lowery skipped the entire indoor season after she dealt with a low iron count and a broken bone in her ankle during cross country.

Stafford coach Pete Augrom said he hopes Lowery is able to compete for the first time this year in the Dogwood Invitational on April 28 in Charlottesville.

He said the 2010 Group AAA state cross country champion will use the rest of this season to get back in shape with the goal of being back in top form next cross country season.

“This has really instilled some mental toughness in her,” Augrom said. “She knows if she can come back from this, she can come back from almost anything.”

Lowery suffered the broken bone in her ankle toward the end of last cross country season.

Augrom said that may have been a blessing in disguise.

He said it enabled her to rest and finally overcome the iron ailment that had slowed her since her sophomore season of outdoor track.

Lowery finished fourth in the Commonwealth District and 11th in the Northwest Region last cross country season. She didn’t place in the state.

“At first it was tough on all of us,” Augrom said of watching Lowery struggle. “We had to figure out what was going on.

“Once we figured it out, we got through it.”

On Tuesday, Lowery worked on getting in running shape. She performed half-mile runs, and Augrom said she looked “a little rusty.”

Still, he’s hopeful for the long haul.

“I definitely think she can [return to form],” Augrom said. “With the rest of this spring and a good summer of training, she should be ready to go next fall.”

—Taft Coghill Jr.