May 29, 2021

Eight Qualify for NCAA Championships


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field program will be well represented at the 2021 NCAA Championships, set for June 9-12 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., as eight student-athletes have qualified and will be competing in a combined total of 10 events. Ohio State’s national championship qualifiers:

  • Adelaide Aquilla – Shot put, discus
  • Anavia Battle – 100 meters, 200 meters, 4×100 relay
  • Yanique Dayle – 4×100 relay
  • Sierra Fletcher – 4×100 relay
  • Alyssa Marsh – 4×100 relay
  • Emma Nwofor – Heptathlon
  • Divine Oladipo – Shot put, discus
  • Sade Olatoye – Hammer throw, shot put

Saturday results

Battle looked strong … really strong in the 200, finishing third overall and breaking her own school record with a time of 23.28. She also ran a fast, 11.21, time in the 100 meters to qualify seventh overall out of this East region in that event.

Yanique Dayle was vying for two individual event qualifications. She was 18th overall in the 100 with a time of 11.40 that was just 1-100th of a second off her personal best, set Thursday. She was even better in the 200, setting a personal best and running the fourth-fastest 200 in school history (23.01), but missing an individual event berth to Eugene by 1-100th. Dayle was 13th; the 12th-place finisher ran a 23.00. Ten of the 12 qualifiers in the event ran personal bests.

Adelaide Aquilla finished third today in the discus with a personal best and near school record – missed by an inch – throw of 56.70m / 186-0. Divine Oladipo also qualified today in the discus with a throw of 54.99m / 180-5 that was good for eighth-place. Sade Olatoye, previously second in the hammer and ninth in the shot put, missed qualifying in a third event today with her top discus throw of 49.87m / 163-7.

The 4×100 relay team of Dayle, Battle, Sierra Fletcher and Alyssa Marsh qualified for nationals 11th overall, and fourth in Heat 1, with a season’s best time of 44.28 that was just 1-100th off a Top 5 time in school history.

Bryannia Murphy missed qualifying in the 400 meters, but she did cap her fine season by running a personal best today of 52.91.

Field events today also included efforts from first-time NCAA East Prelims competitors Amaya Ugarte in the high jump and Cierra Pyles in the triple jump, although neither was able to move beyond these NCAA East Prelims.

Up next for the men and women: the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships; June 9-12 at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.