COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State track and field senior standouts Anavia Battle and Eric Harrison have been named Big Ten track athletes of the week for their multiple-win performances last weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., at the Big Ten North Florida Invitational. The Big Ten Conference announced its weekly award winners today.
The All-American Battle, from Inkster, Mich., and Wayne Memorial, was a two-time winner on the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium track. . Competing outdoors for the first time in two years, she won the 100-meter dash in a school-record time of 11.17. She was also on the 4×100-meter relay team that placed first with a time of 44.99. The relay also featured Alexus Pyles, Nya Bussey and Yanique Dayle.
Harrison, from Washington, D.C., and St. John’s High School, had an absolutely terrific two-days in Florida, going unbeaten in four races. He qualified first in the 100-meter preliminaries on Friday. And then on Saturday, he won the 100 in a personal best time of 10.17, he won the 200 in a near-personal best time of 20.52 and he was on the victorious 4×100-meter relay team that won in 39.72 and included Kainnan Ramsey, Adrian Curry and Donnie James.
Both Battle and Harrison have Top 5 times nationally this year: Battle’s 11.17 100 is No. 5 in the nation; Harrison’s 10.17 100 is No. 4 nationally. Harrison also has posted the nation’s 11th-fastest 200 time outdoors this year: 20.52.
A smaller contingent of middle distance and distance runners plus some field event competitors will compete this weekend, April 9-10, at the Big Ten Indiana Invitational #2 in Bloomington, Ind.