Owen Rowe Athlete Profile | BYU Cougar Club

Owen Rowe Athlete Profile

Owen Rowe

Owen Rowe
Roster Years: 1926-1930 Hall of Fame: 1975

  • 1975 Men's Basketball 

1975 Hall of Fame Inductee

Owen Rowe, the "human rocket," was high point man in every college track meet in which he participated except one. His most spectacular race was a low hurdle competition with a race horse at a Fourth of July celebration. In college competition he set state records in the low hurdles (24.1 seconds) and broad jump (23 feet 4 3/4 inches). He also held records in the 100-yard dash and 220-yard dash. He earned four varsity letters in basketball, three in football, and four in track. In 1927 he received he Anderberg medal for being the best all-around athlete at BYU.

Owen closed his BYU career by leading the track team to its first conference championship. He won the meet on his birthday and announced his engagement the same day. On June 6, 1929, he married Lois Brockbank, and they now have three sons and a daughter.

After graduating from BYU with a B.S. degree in physical education, Owen spent two successful years with the Long Beach Athletic Club, which requires outstanding athletic ability as a prerequisite for membership. He returned to Utah and coached at Manti High School, and in Springville and Spanish Fork.