March 13, 2018
Columbus, Ohio – Anavia Battle was named the 2018 Big Ten Women’s Freshman of the Year on Tuesday afternoon, an award voted on by league coaches. Earning the honor, Battle becomes just the second freshman in program history to receive this award joining the likes of Barbara Kester who won it in 1989.
Battle made some noise on the indoor circuit as a freshman earning a pair of bronze medals at the B1G conference meet in the 60 and 200 meter dashes. Her final indoor race of the season, the 200-meter dash at the conference meet, saw her set a school record with a blazing time of 23.24 to collect a third-place finish in the event. Her time of 23.24 was .13 seconds faster than Aaliyah Barnes’ previous school record of 23.37.
Earlier that same day in the 60 meter dash, Battle sprinted her way to a third-place finish with a career-best time of 7.42. Her two third-place finishes combined to register 12 points at the conference meet, the most by a freshman at the meet.
Battle gradually lowered her times as the season progressed and it culminated at the Big Ten meet. The highlight of her regular season was sweeping both the 60 and 200 meter dash titles at the Meyo Invitational in early February with times of 7.46 and 23.79, respectively. She collected three other gold medals throughout the season with wins at the Music Challenge in the 200 meter dash (23.62) and 4×400 meter relay (3:36..93). Her final win of the regular season was at the Buckeye Tune Up in the 60 meter dash where she clocked a 7.43.