Zallow, Elliott Set to Compete At NCAA Track and Field Championships

Jaliyah Elliott, Coach Townsend, Chad Zallow
Jaliyah Elliott, Coach Townsend, Chad Zallow

Three time All-American Chad Zallow and junior Jaliyah Elliott will return to the track on Friday night at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Zallow will compete in the 60m hurdles while Elliott will run in the 60m dash from the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama. Zallow's semifinal race is scheduled for 7:17 p.m. Eastern time, while Elliott will run her semifinal race at 7:57 EST. 

ESPN3 will stream the championships live starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on March 8 and starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time on March 9. A re-air of the championship will take place starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, March 10 on ESPN2 and again Monday, March 11 starting at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ESPNU.

At last years championships, Zallow garnered a fifth place finish en route to earning first-team All-American status. Zallow ran time of 7.75 seconds in the semifinals before turning in a time of 7.720 seconds in the finals. Florida's Grant Holloway won his second consecutive title after finishing in a time of 7.47 seconds. 

As sophomore in 2017, Zallow placed third and earned first-team All-American honors. He was a second-team All-American as a freshman in 2016.

Zallow, who is competing in his fourth consecutive NCAA Indoor Championships, will run in the first heat of the 60m hurdles. He holds the second fastest time in the heat behind Halloway, who comes in with a time of 7.43 seconds. Zallow will also compete against Georgia's Michael Nicholls (7.67 seconds), Florida's Cory Poolea (7.73 seconds), Southern Mississippi's Claeb Parker (7.73 seconds), Iowa's Chris Douglas (7.75 seconds), North Carolina A&T's Michael Dickson (7.75 seconds) and South Carolina's Isaiah Moore (7.76 seconds) in his heat. In the second heat, Kentucky's Daniel Roberts (7.48 seconds) and Florida's State Trey Cunningham (7.53 seconds) posted the only times below 7.67 seconds.  

Elliott enters her first championship experience with the 15th fastest time in the NCAA in the 60m dash with a time of 7.25 seconds. Elliott is coming off a breakout indoor season which saw her win her first Horizon League Championship in the 200m dash and second title in the 60m. This season, she also set school records in the 60m dash with a time of 7.25 seconds and 200m dash (23.85 seconds). 

Elliott will run out of lane one and will compete against LSU's Kortneti Johnson (7.14 seconds), USC's Twanisha Terry (7.17 seconds), LSU's Sha'Carri Richardson (7.20 seconds), Norfolk State's Kiara Grant (7.22 seconds), Alabama's Tamara Clark (7.23 seconds), Florida State's Jayla Kirkland (7.25 seconds), and SMU's Chelsea Francis (7.26 seconds) in her heat. Six of the eight runners in the second heat have times of 7.24 seconds or below.

Zallow's Indoor Season

  • Ranks fourth in the NCAA in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.66 seconds
  • Won the 60m hurdles fives times and the 60m dash four times during the year
  • 2019 Horizon League Indoor Champion 60m hurdles (7.69 seconds). Ran a time of 7.67 seconds in the prelims
  • 2019 Horizon League Indoor Champion 60m dash (6.69 seconds)
  • 2019 Horizon League Indoor Champion 200m dash (21.29 seconds)
  • 2019 Horizon League Alfreeda Goff Athlete of the Year 
  • 2019 Horizon League Indoor Championship Outstanding Running Performer
  • Finished third in the Fred Schmertz 60m hurdles at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games with a time of 7.69 seconds at the NYRR Millrose Games.
  • Won the 60m hurdles at the YSU Icebreaker (7.69), Clemson Orange and Purple Elite Invitational (7.71), Penn State National Open (7.66), Akron Zips Invitational (7.72) and the Horizon League Championships (7.69)
  • Became the first sprinter in Horizon League history to win the 60m dash four times, and just the second to win the 60m hurdles four times.
  • Set the school record in the 60m dash with a time of 6.69 seconds at the Horizon League Indoor Championships (Feb. 24)

Elliott's Indoor Season

  • Won the 60m dash five times during the year
  • 2019 Horizon League Indoor Champion 60m dash (7.25 seconds)
  • 2019 Horizon League Indoor Champion 200m dash (23.85 seconds)
  • Set the school records in the 60m and 200m dash during the year
  • Posted the fastest collegiate time in the 60m dash at the Clemson Orange and Purple Elite Invitational (7.45 seconds)
  • One time recipient of the Horizon League Female Runner of the Week honors

NCAA Participants in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Zallow is just one five athletes - two of which are runners - who will compete in the NCAA meet for the fourth consecutive year.

Robert Heppenstall – Wake Faorest (800m)
Denzel Comenentia – Georgia (Shot Put)
Dotun Ogundeji – UCLA (Shot Put)
Chad Zallow – Youngstown State (60m hurdles) 
Deakin Volz – Virginia Tech (Pole Vault)