January 25, 2018

Buckeyes Take on the Columbia Challenge


Jan. 25, 2018

Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s and men’s track and field teams will be heading to New York, N.Y., this Friday and Saturday to compete in the Columbia Challenge hosted by Columbia University.

Schedule of Events | Live Results

Teams Attending
Albany, BYU, Columbia, UConn, Duke, Georgetown, Missouri, Oregon, Penn, St. John’s, South Carolina, UCLA, Villanova, and Wisconsin.

Top Times/Marks
Entering the fourth meet of the season, six men and five women have registered top 20 national marks. Two Buckeyes, Sade Olatoye and Coty Cobb, recorded stellar marks at last weekend’s meet the Simmons-Harvey Quadrangular meet.

Olatoye walked into the circle on her fifth attempt of the weight throw competition and launched a massive personal-best throw of 22.76m (74-8.25) to claim gold and shatter her previous school record of 21.73m (71-3.50). Cobb sits in third all-time program record with a career-best mark of 5.35m (17-6.50) in the men’s pole vault. Olatoye is ranked third nationally and Cobb is ranked 13th after their personal best marks at the Simmons-Harvey Quadrangular meet.

Nationally Ranked
Both the men’s and women’s teams have entered the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25 poll that was released on Jan. 22. The women bolted up 20 spots into the 15th position, and the men entered the poll ranked 24th. It is the first time since 2012 that both the men’s and women’s teams have been in the Top 25 at the same time.

Olatoye Named B1G Athlete of the Week
For the second time in three weeks, junior Sade Olatoye was named the Big Ten Female Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 24. She received the honor after winning two titles at the Simmons-Harvey Quadrangular meet on Jan. 20 in Ann Arbor, Mich.