Zallow edged out in Team USA bid

By Brian Dzenis

Less than a tenth of a second ended Youngstown State hurdler Chad Zallow’s season.

Zallow was in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday for the USA Track and Field Championships. The competition decides who will be on team USA for the World Championships in August.

Zallow ran the 110 hurdles in a flat 14 seconds, which put him in fifth place in his heat and 19th out of 27 competitors. The top three placers in each heat advance plus the next four fastest times across all heats.

“I knew it would be tough to get out with that time. I was happy to be here,” Zallow said. “Missing out by one spot was rough, but it’ll give me more motivation next year.”

The final qualifying time belonged UC Irvine’s Lloyd Sicard. He ran a 13.95.

“It was the first time I’ve been in this environment with all these professional athletes,” Zallow said. “It just wasn’t my day today. The weather was definitely hot and I just didn’t run my race today.”

There were some big names in California competing alongside Zallow for spots in London. The marquee name in Zallow’s event was Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt, who owns the world record for the 110 hurdles in addition to his 2012 gold medal.

Merritt missed out on the 2016 Olympics recovering from a kidney transplant.

“I saw a lot of [famous guys] warming up, but I didn’t get the chance to talk to them. They were pretty serious in warmups,” Zallow said. “They had their headphones on and whatnot. Just being in the warmup area with a Tyson Gay or a Justin Gatlin was a great experience.”

Zallow will take a month-long break from running, sticking to the weight room before preparing for the 2017-18 season at YSU.

“I know I need to get stronger for next year,” Zallow said. “I’m already thinking of ways I can get better.”

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