There are quite a few teams/athletes from Northeast Ohio to keep an eye on during the first day of the State Track and Field Championships.
Starting off the day is the Division 3 4×800 meter relay, and Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (Girls) and Cortland Maplewood (Boys) are the heavy favorites to win the event. St. Thomas Aquinas comes in with a time of 9:20.98, which is 9 seconds faster than the second fastest time. Maplewood’s time of 7:57.51 is also 9 seconds faster than the second fastest time in the boys’ race.
One of the athletes to watch is Warren JFK’s Chad Zallow in the 110 meter hurdles, the 100 meter dash and the 300 meter hurdles. Chad has the second fastest non wind-aided time in the country in the 110 hurdles. He has the fastest qualifying time in all 3 events he is competing in. He is the 2 time defending State champion in the 110 hurdles. Burton Berkshire’s Kyle Storm comes into the State meet with the fastest qualifying time of 49.23 in the 400 meters, and has a good chance to bring home the gold medal in the event. Zallow’s teammate Jacob Coates of Warren JFK is the fastest qualifier in the 200 meter dash. Christian Smith of McDonald is the favorite to win the boys’ discus. He comes into the state meet with a qualifying throw of 198’9″. He holds the current Division 3 State record in the event with a throw of 203’9″ earlier in the year.
Something to watch today will be the team points, as Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas should be competing for the State championship on the girls’ side as well as Warren JFK and Cortland Maplewood on the boys’ side.
Overall the first day of the Division 3 State Track and Field Championships should be an exciting event.