COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State track and field program has announced its 2020 indoor schedule. The Buckeyes will open their indoor campaign in Lexington, KY to compete in the Kentucky Invite hosted by the University of Kentucky on January 11, 2020.
Karen Dennis, Director of Track and Field said, “the Kentucky invite is always a strong competition and a good opener for us to determine where we are as a team. Our indoor season is designed to put us in highly competitive situations among the best teams and athletes in the country. In doing so we’re able to improve our skill sets while evaluating the areas we need to strengthen for the entire season.”
The following week of January 17, the Buckeyes will travel up north for the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich, On January 23rd the team will travel east to compete in the annual Columbia Challenge held at the historic Armory in New York City.
“Competing in New York is both exciting and extremely competitive. We compete against teams from the south, northeast as well as the east and west coast regions of the country. New York gives us the opportunity to improve on our seasonal performance marks,” said Dennis.
The two-time defending indoor Ohio State team will seek out its third Big Ten title in three seasons on Feb. 28 at the Spire institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Ohio State women’s track & field team ended the indoor season ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten after their indoor conference for the first time since 2015 with a total of 112 team points.
The women achieved program history with a fourth place team finish at the 2019 indoor National Championships on the strength of seniors Sade Olatoye, Julia Rizk and sophomore Anavia Battle. Olatoye won the weight throw, and placed fifth in the shot events. Julia became the first woman in Ohio State history to win the mile run while Battle claimed a fifth place performance in a highly competitive 200m event.
The men will be vying for their second indoor Big Ten title for the upcoming 2020 season. In 2018 the men won their first indoor title since 1993 with 101.5 points. The men backed up their indoor performance with another championship title during the outdoor season.
“Claiming back to back titles is a daunting accomplishment given the strength of our conference. Our young men and women work hard, and our coaching staff is outstanding. The Big Ten is a highly competitive conference and we’re challenged each year to show up ready to perform at a high level” said Dennis.