COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State track and field senior standouts Eric Harrison and Anavia Battle have been named Big Ten track athletes of the week for their multiple-win performances last weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., at the Big Ten North Florida Invitational. The Big Ten Conference announced its weekly award winners today.
Harrison, from Washington, D.C., and St. John’s High School, had an absolutely terrific two-days in Florida, going unbeaten in four races. He qualified first in the 100-meter preliminaries on Friday. And then on Saturday, he won the 100 in a personal best time of 10.17, he won the 200 in a near-personal best time of 20.52 and he was on the victorious 4×100-meter relay team that won in 39.72 and included Kainnan Ramsey, Adrian Curry and Donnie James.
The All-American Battle, from Inkster, Mich., and Wayne Memorial, was a two-time winner on the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium track. . Competing outdoors for the first time in two years, she won the 100-meter dash in a school-record time of 11.17. She was also on the 4×100-meter relay team that placed first with a time of 44.99. The relay also featured Alexus Pyles, Nya Bussey and Yanique Dayle.
Both Battle and Harrison have Top 5 times nationally this year: Battle’s 11.17 100 is No. 5 in the nation; Harrison’s 10.17 100 is No. 4 nationally. Harrison also has posted the nation’s 11th-fastest 200 time outdoors this year: 20.52.
A smaller contingent of middle distance and distance runners plus some field event competitors will compete this weekend, April 9-10, at the Big Ten Indiana Invitational #2 in Bloomington, Ind.