COLUMBUS, Ohio – Saturday at the Jesse Owens Track Classic was a day for a bunch of Ohio State victories and at the conclusion of the meet, a time to honor the seniors on the men’s and women’s teams.
The Buckeyes were the dominant of the six teams – Maryland, Michigan, Purdue, Penn State and Rutgers were the others – competing at this year’s classic. Wins were plentiful, including three from talented junior Eric Harrison, and wins by throwers Adelaide Aquilla and Divine Oladipo to go along with Sade Olatoye’s win on Friday. The Saturday wins and the highlights included:
- A bunch of Buckeyes competed in the 5,000 meters and it was Nick Regas who broke away in the last 400 to win in 14:36.43, shattering his personal best by 17 seconds.
- Tyler Johnson raced to a Top 10 time nationally in the 400 meters, winning in a personal best time of 45.17.
- Bryannia Murphy cruised to a win in the 400 meters with a new personal best time of 53.50.
- Ohio State’s 4×100-meter relay team of Devine Parker, Anavia Battle, Nya Bussey and Yanique Dayle took first in 44.81.
- There were fast times in the 100 hurdles: Emma Nwofor went 13.54 in both the prelims and finals to win the event.
- The men’s 4×100-meter relay was also won by Ohio State in a national Top 20 time this season of 39.56. Kainnan Ramsey led off and Tyler Johnson anchored with Adrian Curry and Donnie James running the second and third legs, respectively.
- Robby Oswald took first in the pole vault, clearing 5.07m / 16-7 1/2 on a breezy afternoon in Columbus.
- There was big-time good news coming from the men’s discus competition: Tanner Watson, Carlos Aviles and Evan Johnson each with a personal best. Watson: 2nd – 53.90m/176.10; Aviles: 3rd – 53.32m/132-11; Johnson: 8th – 48.75m/155-11.
- Adelaide Aquilla won the shot put with throw of 17-8m / 58-5 1/4 with Sade Olatoye second (17-08m / 56-0 1/2) and Divine Oladipo fourth (16.24m / 53-3 1/2).
- That throwers trio went 1-2-3 in the discus competition. Oladipo won it with a throw of 54-9m / 180-1. Aquilla was second with a personal best throw of 53.24m / 174-8 and Olatoye was third at 52.93m / 173-8.
- After winning the 200 Friday, Harrison captured the 100 in a fast, albeit wind-aided – as much of the sprints were today – time of 10.22.
- Both the 4×400-meter relay teams also were victorious.
Nineteen seniors from the track and field teams were honored at the conclusion of the track classic. The members of the men’s and women’s teams have combined to win five Big Ten Conference championships during their time: the 2018 men’s indoor and outdoor titles; the 2019 women’s indoor and outdoor crowns; and the 2020 women’s indoor championship.
Those seniors honored were:
- Aziza Ayoub, a biology major from Plain City, Ohio;
- Anavia Battle, a human development and family sciences major from Inkster, Mich;
- Steven Bauers, who is working on his master’s degree in finance and is from Pickerington, Ohio;
- Tevin Brown, who is working on his master’s degree in special education and applied behavior and is from Toledo, Ohio;
- Alex Buck, an exercise science major from Pendleton, Ind.;
- Cameron Cooper, a consumer science major from Detroit;
- Eric Harrison, a communications technology major from Detroit;
- Peter Hayden, an economics major from Bexley, Ohio;
- Frank Hayes, a human development and family sciences major from Sylvania, Ohio;
- Tyler Johnson, a sport industry major from Dayton, Ohio;
- Amir Metts, a consumer finance major from Cincinnati;
- Emma Nwofor, who is working on her master’s degree in kinesiology and is from London, England;
- Sade Olatoye, who is working on a master’s degree in bioethics, and is from Dublin, Ohio;
- Robby Oswald, a major marketing major from Cincinnati;
- Devine Parker, a psychology major from Freeport, Bahamas;
- Alexus Pyles, a biology major from Clarksburg, Md.;
- Kalee Soehnlen, an exercise science major from Canton, Ohio;
- Sarah Stanley, an exercise science major from Canton, Ohio; and
- Tom Sullivan, who is working on his master’s degree and is from Lakewood, Ohio.