Youngstown State sophomore hurdler Chad Zallow has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships for the second straight year. Zallow has the country's second-fastest qualifying time in the event which will be held March 10-11 in College Station, Texas.
Zallow's time of 7.61 seconds, which he has run on four occasions, is just behind Florida's Grant Holloway. Holloway has the top NCAA time this year running a 7.58 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Feb. 10
This past weekend Zallow on the Horizon League Championships with a time of 7.61 seconds while Holloway took first at the SEC meet in Nashville clocking a time of 7.64 seconds.
Six of the 16 qualifiers have run times below 7.70 seconds this year. Those runners are Holloway, Zallow, North Carolina A&T's Michael Dickson, Iowa's Aaron Mallett, Syracuse's Freddie Crittenden III and Illinois' David Kendziera. Milwaukee's Nate Pozolinski has also qualifed to run at the NCAA Championships.
Last year, Zallow finished just outside of the finals running a time of 7.767 seconds which left in ninth place at the event in Birmingham, Ala.
Last year the event was won by Oregon's Devon Allen, who went on to finish fifth in the 110m hurdles at the Rio Olympics. Allen clocked a finals time of 7.56 seconds. Of those who advanced to the NCAA 60m hurdle final in 2016, Crittenden and Mallett are the only returning runners to be part of this year's field.
Zallow, Crittenden, Mallett, Dickson - who rank second through fifth this year - are the only repeat runners from last year's field of 16.
The preliminary races are set for 8 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, March 10 at Texas A&M's Gilliam Indoor Stadium. The finals are Saturday, March 11 at 6:10 p.m. Eastern. Saturday's finals will be shown on ESPN2 on Sunday beginning at 7 p.m.