COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thursday was a terrific day for the Ohio State Buckeyes at the 2021 NCAA Track and Field Championships, which are being held at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. How terrific? Really terrific!
Adelaide Aquilla won the NCAA championship in the shot put on Thursday to match her indoor national championship and give her a clean sweep of four championships indoors and outdoors in the shot put at the Big Ten and NCAA championships. Aquilla took the lead with a fifth throw of 18.17m / 59-7 ½, only to have Josie Schaefer from Wisconsin top her on her final throw of the night. Aquilla then launched her final throw 18.98m / 62-3 ¼ to regain the lead and secure her second national championship.
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Here’s more terrific: star sprinter Anavia Battle saved her best for last on a busy evening of three events for her. She won her heat of the 200 meters in swirling conditions in 22.50 and qualified first overall for the 200 finals, which are set for Saturday night at 7:37 p.m. EDT.
And this makes a trio of terrific: Sade Olatoye, the national champion, the seven-time Big Ten champion and the four-time post-graduate scholarship winner, closed her Ohio State career by earning first-team All-America honors in two events: the hammer throw and the shot put. Olatoye’s best throw of 67.84m / 222-7 was seventh overall in the hammer. And she threw the shot 17.26m / 56-7 ½ to finish eighth.
And this is cool: the 24-member shot put field featured three Buckeyes with Divine Oladipo finishing 14th overall with a throw of 16.76m / 55-0. She picks up her first All-America award as a Buckeye, second-team honors.
Battle, along with Yanique Dayle, Sierra Fletcher and Alyssa Marsh, took 17th in the 4×100-meter relay in 44.33 to earn honorable mention All-America honors. Battle also earned a second-team All-America award by taking 12th in the 100 meters in 11.43.
Heptathlete Emma Nwofor competes in four of the seven heptathlon events Friday with the final three events set for Saturday.
A full day of men’s championship action resumes Friday, as well. Senior 400-meter specialist Tyler Johnson will be running in the finals of the 400 beginning at 9:02 p.m. EDT.