MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Temperatures in the upper 90s and a headwind that reached over 20 mph proved to have no effect on Anthony Young and Natalie Zidd.
The Medina County tandem both advanced in their respective events Tuesday afternoon at the World Youth Track and Field Trials and will compete for a chance to qualify for the U.S. Junior World Team that will compete next month in France.
“I think I run a little better in cool weather,” joked Zidd, who ran the sixth-fastest time in the 800. “It wasn’t bad at all. Anthony told me how the 100 was earlier in the day and it was rough because there was no wind. But by the time I ran the 800 and he ran the 200, there was a wind coming from the beach.”
The wind, according to Zidd, provided enough cool air to counter the high humidity helping the incoming Highland senior to finish in 2:14.02.
The race was Zidd’s second since finishing fifth at the state meet earlier this month and comes on the heels of an eighth-place showing two weeks ago at the New Balance Nationals. She clocked a 2:13.70 there.
“The state meet was just a mess,” she said. “I wanted to end the season on a good note and that’s why I went to nationals. It was a confidence booster.
“Today went well and it felt good. It was a good race and I feel a lot better.”
Zidd will compete for one of the two spots on the national team today, but will have her hands full as the field includes California’s Amy Weissenbach and New Jersey’s Ajee Wilson. Both have run races of 2:05 or better this season.
“I definitely will have to run a personal best,” Zidd said. “This is a great group of girls and I just hope they all pull me along, so I can run a good time.
“I wasn’t planning on (qualifying), but it would be nice and anything can happen.”
While the wind helped Zidd, the same can’t be said for Young. He ran right into the 25 mph winds that were coming off the Atlantic Ocean.
The Liverpool Township resident clocked a 21.77 to place second in his preliminary race for the 200 and had the sixth-fastest race on the day.
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