Like most sprinters, when Carl and Chad Zallow get set in the starting blocks, their sole focus is the finish line.
“There’s a lot of nerves,” said Chad, a sophomore at Warren JFK. “There’s a lot of pressure on you.”
When these two take off, they usually get to their goal much faster than their opponents. Over the weekend Carl, a junior at Warren JFK, claimed the Division III 100 meter dash state title.
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“During the race I kept my composure pretty good,” said Carl. “The last five steps it hit me. I was just starting my lean, and I crossed the finish line.”
Not long before Carl’s first place effort, his younger brother Chad had claimed his first state title in the 110 meter hurdles. That event served as a sort of warmup. Competing in the 300 meter hurdles, Chad knocked off the defending state champion. In doing so, he also staked claim to a Division III state record.
“It really still hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Chad. “I’m just happy winning the state, let alone getting the record.”
The medals will serve as a constant reminder of the individual success, but the fact the two could share the experience together makes this finish a little sweeter.
“We always run for each other,” said Chad. “We’re very competitive. It’s just good to see us both do that well.”
“I mean it’s pretty special for brothers to win the state championship,” added Carl.
As for repeating, we’ll just let them enjoy this one for now.