YSU’s Zallow just misses NCAA final
By Charles Grove
Youngstown State sophomore hurdler Chad Zallow finished ninth out of 24 in the 110 hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Division I Championships.
Unfortunately for Zallow, only the top eight move on to Friday’s final race.
Zallow finished third in his heat, running a 13.58 while Alabama’s Ruebin Walters (13.43) and Southern California’s Marquis Morris (13.49) finished 1-2 to automatically move on to Friday’s race.
“I’m obviously disappointed not making the finals, but that gives me a goal next year,” Zallow said. “The race went smooth to be honest. I ran a respectable time — one of the faster times I’ve ran all year.”
While Zallow came into the postseason with the nation’s top time (13.37), YSU head coach Brian Gorby said Zallow’s recent times were right about in line with what he ran in the semifinals.
“He was ninth on paper based on regionals so we kind of figured it would be close,” Gorby said. “The last four weeks he’s been running about 13.7, 13.6, 13.5.”
For Zallow, it’s a spot he’s been in before. He finished ninth in the 60 hurdles as a freshman at indoor nationals. This year he improved that to third.
“It’s very similar to last year,” Zallow said. “Maybe I can do the same thing next year.”
Even though the college season is over for Zallow, the offseason is still a few weeks away. In two weeks Zallow will be running in Sacramento, Calif., trying to earn a spot on Team USA for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London this August.
“I’ve got two more weeks to train for that and finish the season out strong,” he said.
But even though that offseason hasn’t hit Zallow’s doorstep yet, he’s already thinking of how to improve for next year.
“I really want to get stronger over the break and get into the weight room,” Zallow said. “It’ll help me get out of the blocks fast and finish stronger.”
While not yet officially announced, ninth place should make Zallow a second-team All-American. He was a first-team All-American for the indoor season.