COLUMBUS, Ohio – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association released The Bowerman Watch List on the women’s side with seniors Adelaide Aquilla (throws) making her debut and Anavia Battle (sprints) receiving votes. Aquilla becomes the third Buckeye to make the list, joining Christina Clemons (2012) and Sade Olatoye (2019). View the complete women’s list HERE.
Aquilla competed in the shot put at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last summer, throwing 17.68m in the qualifying rounds to finish ninth in her qualifying group and 20th overall. She threw 18.95m at the Olympic Trials in June to earn a spot on Team USA with a third-place finish.
Aquilla was selected as Ohio State’s 2021 Female Athlete of the Year after capturing the indoor and outdoor NCAA shot put championships this spring. She is the three-time reigning Big Ten shot put champion. Aquilla set school and Big Ten records in the shot put and was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Field Athlete of the Championship for both indoor and outdoor.
Battle, also a 2020 Tokyo Olympian, finished sixth in her heat and 16th overall in the 200m semifinals with a time of 23.02. She ran a 22.54 in the qualifying rounds, which was the second-fastest time in her heat and ranked eighth overall. Battle ran a personal-best 21.95 in the Olympic Trials to earn her place on Team USA with a third-place finish. Battle improved her time in each round at the Olympic Trials, finishing in 22.37 in the first round and then 22.32 in the semifinals. Her 21.95 time ranks first all-time on the collegiate list, becoming the first woman in collegiate history to finish in under 22 seconds.
At Ohio State, Battle won seven Big Ten sprints championships and was named Big Ten Athlete of the Meet or Big Ten Athlete of the Year four times. She holds both the outdoor and indoor school record in the 200m. Battle helped lead the Buckeyes to four team Big Ten Championships.