Gainesville, Fla. - Chad Zallow opened the outdoor track and field season with a blazing performance in the 110m hurdles to highlight a solid overall day by the YSU men's and women's track and field teams at the Pepsi Florida Relays at the Percy Beard Track.
The Penguins are competing against participants from 10 ranked men's program, 10 ranked women's programs as well as nationally-ranked foes from across the world.
Chad Zallow destroyed the school record in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.37 seconds. The previous school mark was 13.92 set by Zallow at last year's Florida Relays on April 1. He won this year's event by 0.22 seconds ahead of Kentucky's Nick Anderson and was 0.29 seconds in front of third-place finisher Syracuse's Freddie Crettenden III.
Zallow moves ahead of Illinois' David Kendziera (13.73) for the fastest time in Division I with his season-opening performance.
Amber Eles ran an impressive time of 13.76 seconds in the 100m hurdles which is just 0.10 seconds off her career-best and school record. Also for the men, Tim Holzapfel ran a time of 14.66 seconds in the 100m hurdles.
In the 100m dash, Carl Zallow ran a time of 10.69 seconds to pace the men while Jaliyah Elliott posted a personal-best time of 11.85 seconds to lead the women. Elliott's mark ranked sixth-best in school history and was 0.11 second improvement from her outdoor debut.
In the 400m, freshman Brendon Lucas ran a personal-best time of 48.41 seconds which was more than a second faster than his time last weekend.
In the discus, Jaynee Corbett had a career-best toss with a throw of 45.53 meters (149-04) to finish in 14th place.
In the 1,500m run, Ryan Sullivan ran a time of 3:55.03 posting a personal-best time in the event by more than three seconds.
Alan Burns capped off an impressive showing for the Guins on Friday with a personal-best time of 9:18.41 in the steeplechase. Burns's previous best effort in the race was a 9:56. In the race he finished 13th and had the ninth-best collegiate performance on the evening.
The Pepsi Florida Relays conclude on Saturday. Also tomorrow, other members of the squad will be in action at the Slippery Rock Dave Labor Invitational.