Saturday proved one thing in Ohio:
Zarik Brown is coming on fast.
The Dayton Wayne (OH) High School senior and University of Akron signee had a game-changing meet on Saturday at the OATCCC Indoor State Championships, scoring two state titles in the 200m and 400m while he grabbed a third-place finish in the 60m.
More importantly, Brown's performances in the 60-200-400 moved him on to the national leaderboard and intimate he's ready for an even bigger improvement outdoors.
Brown went for a winning mark of 21.54 in the 200m, ranking him 15th in the country at the distance, then captured another title in the 400m, posting a time of 48.77, which slotted him at 31st overall. His 60m time of 6.84 ranked him 16th nationally as well.
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Brown had hinted at his potential this season, going 6.89/21.78/49.20, though perhaps the moment brought some new perspective to the future collegiate sprinter.
Among many big performers across Ohio's unofficial indoor state championships, Brown was likely the most surprising.
For more coverage of the OATCCC Indoor Championships, visit Ohio MileSplit's coverage here.