June 16, 2022

Aquilla and Battle Named Big Ten Athletes of the Year


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference announced its outdoor track & field awards for the 2022 season on Thursday. Senior thrower Adelaide Aquilla was named Big Ten Outdoor Female Field Athlete of the Year, while senior sprinter Anavia Battle was named Big Ten Outdoor Female Track Athlete of the Year following successful seasons culminating at the NCAA Championships.

Aquilla broke the women’s outdoor collegiate shot put record at the NCAA Championships last week, defending her NCAA outdoor title with a best throw of 19.64m. She had the four best throws of the competition and beat the field by more than one meter to earn her spot on the USTFCCCA All-American First Team. Aquilla’s Big Ten outdoor shot put title helped the Buckeyes to a team championship and a record-breaking number of points. The All-Big Ten First Team honoree went undefeated in the shot put during the outdoor season and also broke the program’s discus record twice. Aquilla was named Big Ten Female Field Athlete of the Week on March 23.

Battle finished third in the 200m (22.33) and sixth as a member of the 4x100m relay (43.52) at the NCAA Championships last week, earning All-American First Team honors in both events in addition to being an honorable mention in the 100m. During the 200m semifinals, Battle broke her own program record by running a 22.26. She won the Big Ten title in both the 200m and 4x100m relay and was the runner-up in the 100m, placing her on the All-Big Ten First Team. The 4x100m relay squad broke the program record three times this season. Battle was also named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week on April 20. She was undefeated in both the 100m and 200m during the regular season.