Chad Zallow is no stranger to the top of the podium in the state of Ohio.
This weekend, the John F. Kennedy hurdler, who just completed his junior year, was one of many outstanding athletes at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.
"It was an exciting experience to compete against the best in the nation," Zallow said. "I'm also looking forward to attending North Carolina's junior day (today) and meeting all the coaches and learning about their program."
Zallow, who is already being courted by most of the Big Ten and SEC track and field schools, ran 54.15 to place seventh in the men's 400-meter hurdles in Sunday.
"I'm still working on how I attack the 400-meter hurdles," he said. "Today, I attacked it mentally and physically like a 300-meter hurdles race, but I started to run out of gas at the end of the race. Next race I'm going to save a little more left for the finish."
Fitch's Gabby Figueroa, who will compete at LSU next season, finished third in the women's hammer throw with 180 feet, 1 inch.
"The top eight ranked girls in the nation in the hammer were all there this weekend so the competition was legit," Austintown Fitch girls coach Seth Steiner said. "Gabby's goal was to take the title back to Austintown, but knowing that her throw of 180-1 was about a 10-foot personal record for her, I'm sure she was pleased with her performance."
Steiner also saw Darrin Hall, Nathan Bowlen, Joe Harrington and Gary Gibson finish fourth in the nation in the men's 4x100-meter relay in a school-best time of 41.75.
Those same four finished sixth in the sprint medley relay in 1:32.60. That is the best time in Ohio and another school record.
"This was a great meet for our seniors to end their high school careers," said Steiner of Bowlen, Gibson, Ortz and Figueroa. "They earned all-American (top eight) in three events on the boys side and one on the girls. They got to compete against some of the best high school track and field athletes in the country."