January 18, 2020

Buckeyes Claim Second at Simmons-Harvey Invite


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field program traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich. to compete in the Simmons-Harvey Invite hosted by the University of Michigan. The Simmons-Harvey Invite was a tri-meet between Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. The Wolverines won the meet with 120 points, Ohio State placed second with 93 points and Michigan State placed third with 90 points.

Freshman Jayden Woods had a standout performance in the women’s 400-meter dash. The sprints specialist was able to claim the title with a final burst of speed during the last 60-meters, crossing the finish line at 55.69. Her championship 400-meter dash time puts her in the No. 3 spot in the Big Ten.

Quoting Coach Dennis
“I’m encouraged and proud of this team. I think we have some work to do but at the same time we have a lot of really fine athletes that will show up during the latter part of the season for us.”

Top Three Finishes

  • Junior Morgan Lewis started the day off strong for the Buckeyes with a first place finish in the 60-meter hurdles (8.35). Senior Alexus Plyes (8.46) placed second and freshman Emma Nworfor (8.57) claimed third.
  •  Sophomore Devine Parker won the 60-meter dash title with a time of 7.39. Junior Anavia Battle was close behind with a time of 7.44 to take second.
  •  Throws specialist Adelaide Aquilla won the women’s shot put with a winning distance of 16.34-meters.
  •  Freshman Jayden Woods won the women’s 400-meter dash with an impressive finish of 55.69. Her championship time puts her No. 3 in the event within the Big Ten.
  • Gia Napoleon, a freshman, placed third in the women’s 800-meter run with a career-best time of 2:13.33.
  •  Freshman Nya Bussey claimed the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 24.66.
  •  Senior Alexus Pyles earned a third place showing in the women’s high jump.
  • The women’s 4×400-meter relay ended the Simmons-Harvey Invite with a time of 3:41.95. The team include Tamani Wilson, Aziza Ayoub, Alyssa Marsh and Jayden Wood.

Up Next

The Buckeyes will compete in the Columbia Challenge hosted by Columbia University in New York, NY.