YSU’s Zallow fifth in NCAA 60 hurdles final
YSU track star made
third run in nationals
By Dan Hiner
Youngstown State sprinter Chad Zallow finished fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.720 seconds during Saturday’s finals of the in NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas.
Zallow ran the exact same time during the finals last year.
The Warren JFK graduate had the lead after the first hurdle, but finished behind Liberty’s Jovaine Atkinson, who finished fourth after running 7.713.
Florida’s Grant Holloway won the event for the second straight year with a time of 7.47, breaking the facility record for Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Nebraska’s Antoine Lloyd finished second with 7.60 and California’s Ashtyn Davis came in third with 7.63.
Zallow finished ahead of Florida State’s Trey Cunningham, Georgia’s Michael Nicholls and LSU’s Damion Thomas. The top seven runners all ran under 7.77.
Saturday was Zallow’s third trip to nationals, his third top-10 finish and the third time he was named an All-American.
He came in third last year and finished ninth as a freshman in 2016.
In the semis on Friday, Zallow had a time of 7.75 seconds in an extremely fast first heat. Six of the runners from his heat advanced to the finals led by Holloway.
Zallow entered nationals ranked fourth in the 60-meter hurdles.
He is no stranger to national accolades.
The former Eagle was a three-time All-American and a seven-time state champion while running for Warren JFK.
While in high school, Zallow won the Division III state title in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.93 seconds and placed second in the 300 hurdles after running 38.23 seconds.