YSU’s Chad Zallow clinches return to NCAA
to race in Oregon
By Dan Hiner
Youngstown State sprinter Chad Zallow punched his ticket to the NCAA Track and Field Championships for the third time on Saturday.
Zallow finished fifth in the men’s 110-meter hurdles with at time of 13.746 in the NCAA East Preliminaries. The Warren JFK graduate won the first heat of the event, edging out Indiana’s William Session by 0.001 seconds.
Nationals will be held June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore.
“My goal coming in was to make it back down to Eugene,” Zallow said. “Now I get some down time and get to work on some things — get a little faster over break. I got about two weeks ‘til I run. I’m in the big dance now, so I can relax, cut loose ... I got nothing to lose out there.”
Zallow was the only member of the YSU track team to qualify for the round of 24 during the three-day event.
The YSU sprinter finished second in his heat in the first round of the preliminaries on Friday. He was beaten by a familiar face.
Florida’s Grant Holloway finished 0.17 seconds ahead of Zallow. The two have competed against each other since high school.
The rivalry has pushed Zallow to better himself over the years.
“Grant is a great competitor, he’s actually the best in the world right now,” Zallow said. “Competing against him throughout the years has definitely pushed me to be a better athlete.”
Zallow learned from his trip to nationals last year. He was focused on running a low time, but finished ninth — one spot short of the finals.
“My main goal going [into nationals] is to focus on the prelims, become top eight and make it to the final,” Zallow said. “[After qualifying for] the big final, just let loose and leave it out there on the track, and whatever happens, happens.”
Two members of the YSU field team failed to qualify for the preliminary quarterfinals on Saturday.
Junior Tyler Donati finished 45 in the men’s javelin with a throw of 51.69m. Senior Arnaldo Morales, a Struthers graduate, finished 38th in the men’s high jump with an attempt of 2.01 meters.
It was Morales’ fourth trip to the preliminaries. He missed last season with a redshirt.