Chad Zallow’s first (outdoor) state title was no surprise.

He entered the Division III 110-meter hurdle final with the fastest qualifying time by almost half a second and he was coming off an indoor season that had already seen him claim the 60-meter hurdle title.

“I knew I could pull off the win,” he said.

Zallow did — he edged Colonel Crawford senior Keith Martin (14.49), who also finished second to Zallow at the indoor state meet — but the 300 hurdles were sketchier.

Although he again had the fastest time coming out of the preliminaries, Zallow knew he was just a sophomore going up against the defending state champion, Gahanna Columbus Academy junior Jack Lint.

“I was less nervous because I already had a state championship under my belt,” said Zallow, who also helped the Eagles place second in the 4x200 relay. “I just wanted to go out and run.”

Not surprisingly, Zallow didn’t run a perfect race — he went over two hurdles with the wrong leg, chopping his steps beforehand — but it didn’t matter. He jumped out to the lead and when Lint closed in the final 25 meters, Zallow “put his afterburners on,” finishing in 36.87 to demolish the 20-year-old Division III state record of 37.58.

Lint, who also broke the record (37.15), placed second.

“I wasn’t expecting the record at all,” Zallow said. “I wasn’t even expecting to win.”

All this begs the question: What will happen when he runs the race cleanly?

Well, Ohio’s overall state record is 35.96.

Stay tuned.

Don't Miss a Story

Sign up for our newsletter to receive daily news directly in your inbox.