MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Anthony Young’s time in the 200-meter dash Wednesday was just 0.22 seconds off of the World Youth Record.
The only problem for the Liverpool Township resident was that four of the six sprinters that finished ahead of him broke that mark.
Young placed seventh overall at the World Youth Track and Field Trials to miss out on a spot on the U.S. Junior World Team, which will compete in France next month.
“Oh wow … it was probably the final of the year out of any high school track meet,” Young said. “I’m just happy to be able to compete like this and be one of eight guys in the country to say that I had a chance to try out for the team. It was a big honor.”
Young, who will be a junior at St. Edward High School in the fall, clocked a 21.6 in his final race of the season, just seconds off the previous record of 21.38 — which was shattered by four runners that recorded times of 21.31 or faster.
The Medina County resident was leading the pack with around 80 meters to go before the rest of the field —led by eventual champ Aldrich Bailey of Texas (21.09) — took over.
“It was really a fast pace,” Young said. “I came out of the curve fast, but everyone caught up to me. I had the lead, but I just lost it. I just broke down and I knew they would catch me. These guys were extremely fast.”
Incoming Highland senior Natalie Zidd rounded out the county athletes taking part in the national event in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Zidd took sixth in the 800 run in a time of 2:17.49 — over three seconds slower than her preliminary time. The slower times overall was attributed to the humid 90 degree weather and little to no wind coming off of the ocean.
New Jersey’s Ajee Wilson won the race by 0.13 seconds, thanks to a finish of 2:09.39.
For Zidd and Young, to end the season in the sunny south was a perfect way to cap off their seasons.
Young, in particular, shaved 0.4 seconds off of his previous-best time in the 200 and also was a state-placer in the 100 with personal-record runs.
Not too shabby of a year.
“My curve got a lot better in the 200 and now I really just have to get bigger and stronger,” said Young, who is a member of St. Ed’s Division-I champion football program. “My goal next year is to get into the low 21.5s. I’m looking forward to it.
“But I had a great year. I won indoor states in the 200, outdoor states in the 200 and had a chance to try out for the Junior World Team. In all, that’s a big accomplishment.”
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Zidd places sixth, Young seventh