Jan. 20, 2018
Ann Arbor, Mich. – Sade 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) on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., at the Michigan Indoor Track facility.
Olatoye not only won the weight throw, but she also captured a first-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 15.73m (51-7.25). Both of her marks in the shot put and weight throw are facility records. The native of Dublin, Ohio, now has four individual titles during the 2018 season. The 22.76-meter throw by Olatoye is the 11th best throw in the history of the NCAA.
“Sade (Olatoye) has really been working on refining her technique along with our throws coach, Ashley Muffet,” director of track and field and cross country Karen Dennis said. “Today, it all just clicked for her. When she really locks in, hits her marks, has a lot of speed, she is great in the weight throw. I’m very proud of what she accomplished today.”
The Buckeye women won the team title at the meet as well with a team tally of 150 points to beat No. 2 Arkansas (129 points) and No. 12 Michigan (122 points). The men’s team finished second at the quad meet with a team score of 146.50, just one point behind No. 24 Michigan. The Buckeyes did knock off the third-ranked Razorbacks.
“It was great for our team to get a feel for team scoring and how important it can be for us down the road at the Big Ten Championships,” Dennis mentioned. “Every point, every position counts.”
Karrington Winters (600m run/1:32.76), Mikaela Seibert (triple jump/12.10m), Coty Cobb (pole vault/personal best 5.35m) and DaJuan Seward (triple jump/15.02m) were the other Buckeye winners for Ohio State on Saturday. Cobb’s clearance of 5.35m is the third-best mark cleared in program history.