COLUMBUS - Chad Zallow ran with his typical arched back, giving his best Michael Johnson impersonation.
The John F. Kennedy High School sophomore resembles the former United States Olympic sprinter when he runs, but Zallow adds the propensity to vault hurdles with seemingly very little effort.
As normal, Zallow was unfazed by the runners behind him.
Tribune Chronicle / Michael Taylor
John F. Kennedy’s Chad Zallow, center, wins his heat in the 100-meter hurdles on Friday. His finish earned him a spot in today’s finals at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. He and Kennedy also are vying for a team title.
He cruised through the semifinals in the boys Division III 110 and 300-meter hurdles at Friday's state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
"We came out today to get some good lanes (for finals)," said Zallow, who ran 14.23 seconds in the 110s and 38.09 in the 300s.
The top two in each heat and next five fastest times advance to today's finals.
Zallow had the third best time in the 300s coming into state.
"I got in shape, got my steps down. It felt good. I'm in shape for this now," Zallow said.
Carl Zallow, a junior, meanwhile, is running just as well. He clocked a personal best 10.87 in the 100 to have the fastest time coming into today's state finals.
The 4x200 relay of Rob Seger, Zach Watt and both Zallows have the second fastest time (1:30.27). Lima Central Catholic had the fastest time of 1:29.71.
"It felt good," Watt said. "We knew we had Lima to compete with. We just wanted to get a good lane for finals. Hopefully we'll get them in finals."
Watt had the sixth best time in the 400 (50.40).
"Honestly at the beginning of the year I wasn't expecting to get this far," he said. "My times were dropping. I started working harder at the end of the year. I started to see improvement."
JFK hopes to drop into the hunt for a state championship today.
"Scoring-wise, I think we're up there - top three," Chad Zallow said. "We have a lot of momentum going in. I can't wait."
RICE LEADS 100s: Kennedy's Morgan Rice has the top qualifying time for today's Division III girls 100 hurdles final (15.02).
She has the sixth fastest time in the 300 hurdles (46.65). However, Rice placed second in her heat.
LaBRAE'S GUNTHER TIES PERSONAL BEST: LaBrae senior Megan Gunther broke her personal best time with a 14.59 in the 100 hurdles during Friday's semifinals.
Gunther's previous best was 14.84, which was run at the Trumbull County Meet.
She has the fourth best time overall heading into today's Division II finals, but is seeded fifth. Gunther took third in her heat.
STATE CHAMPION: Badger's Jennilyn Krumpe, last year's Division III girls 400-meter champion, did not qualify for this year's finals in the 400.
She finished 10th overall in Friday's semifinals (1:00.27).
Krumpe was last year's only Trumbull County state track and field champion.
COMING ON STRONG: Liberty's John Helms finished third at last week's Division II Bedford regional in the boys 400, running 50.32.
He improved on that time and had the fourth fastest time overall in Friday's semifinals, 49.87.
However, he is seeded fifth coming into today's finals because he was third in his heat.
FALCON PRIDE: Austintown Fitch's 4x200 boys team of Darrin Hall, Joe Harrington, Gary Gibson, Nathan Bowlen had the fastest Division I qualifying time in its event (1:27.68).
The 4x100 team of Ty'Reese Anderson, Harrington, Gibson, Bowlen took fifth with 42.39.
Fitch's Sam Ortz is the fourth qualifier in the 110 hurdles with 14.49. He took third in his heat and has the fifth best time.