Zallow tripped up at NCAAs

Chad Zallow knew he would have a good start. He always does.

The Youngstown State University junior surged his under 6-foot body out of his block and showed once again someone not 6-4 can compete in this 110-meter race.

Wednesday, the John F. Kennedy wanted to prove the doubters wrong as he’s done many times throughout his career. Zallow wanted something more at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

He was in Heat 3, the final one of the event. Top two in each advanced to finals, while the next two fastest times also moved on to Friday’s final in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Halfway through, disaster struck. Zallow smacked a hurdle, slowing any momentum he had. At that point, it seemed he had one of the top two slots in that heat.

“That’s a part of the hurdles,” he said. “I just got to bounce back, work on some things in the offseason for next year and come back stronger.”

He finished No. 15 overall out of 24 competitors in 13.88 seconds and fourth in his heat. Zallow’s season ended Wednesday.

“This season has had a bunch of ups and downs in it,” he said. “I had a lot of high moments and won some big-time races, but I also lost some big races. That’s a part of track.

“I’m going to learn from everything I did right, did wrong and gear up for a big season next year. I’m just thankful for all of the support I have received this season and can’t thank everyone enough.”

His parents, Chuck and Colleen, have been there for him the whole way, even back when he and his older brother, Carl, were youngsters competing in Trumbull County.

“It means a lot to have my parents support me throughout all of my races throughout my career,” Chad said. “I’m very fortunate to have two supporting parents that stick by my side through all the highs and lows.”