May 15, 2021

Tyler Johnson To Lead Ohio State Sunday


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track and field team is in contention for a Big Ten championship and the men’s team is set up for a big final day at the 2021 Big Ten Conference outdoor championships, which hare being contested at the new Demirjian Park/Gary R. Wieneke Track at the University of Illinois.

A huge 18 points from the shot put arena, led by Big Ten champion Adelaide Aquilla, has lifted the women’s team into second-place heading into Sunday with 36 team points to trail only Minnesota, which has 37. Nebraska (26 points), Michigan State (24) and Penn State (22) round out the top five women’s teams.

The men are currently in 11th place with 10 points, but they’ll look for a big day Sunday with the No. 1 qualifying position in three events in addition to potential points from 11 more competitors plus the 4×400-meter relay, an event the Buckeyes won at the Big Ten indoor championships in March.

The Big 3

Adelaide Aquilla is making a strong case for not only Ohio State women’s athlete of the year, but Big Ten as well. Today she broke the Big Ten championships record twice in the shot put, with her final winning throw of 19.12m / 62-8 3/4 topping her own school mark and personal best by nearly three feet. It is also the No. 1 throw in the nation this year.

Aquilla has now won a Big 3 of titles this year: Big Ten indoor and outdoor championships in the shot put and an NCAA indoor championship in the shot.

Sade Olatoye, who broke the Big Ten championship record in winning the hammer throw on Friday, and Divine Oladipo also scored points for the Buckeyes today in the shot. Sade took fourth with a throw of 17.75m / 58-3 and Divine was sixth with a best of 17.20 / 56-5 1/4. All three will compete in the discus tomorrow.

Speed thrills

Ohio State is nicely positioned tomorrow on the track, as well. Star Anavia Battle set herself up as the No. 1 seed in the 200 yesterday and today she did so in the 100, taking first in the prelims in 11.40. Battle will look to be adding to her already impressive total of five Big Ten championships.

Yanique Dayle will be right with Battle in both the 100 and 200. She qualified No. 3 in the 200 Friday and today she was No. 2 to Battle in the 100, with a time of 11.58.

Eight from Emma

Emma Nwofor was the runner-up in the heptathlon competition today, finishing with a new school record total of 5,685 points. Nwofor, who also holds the Ohio State pentathlon record, contributed eight points toward the team total and she’ll have an opportunity to score more tomorrow as she qualified for the finals in the 100 hurdles and she’ll compete in the high jump.

Bryannia Murphy also made it through the preliminary round today in the 400 meters and will be in tomorrow’s 400 final. Her prelims time was 54.49.

Tyler and Eric lead the men

Tyler Johnson heads into Sunday with the top times in both the 200 and 400. He ran a 45.86 time in the 400 today after his personal best 20.60 yesterday in the 200. Donnie James Jr. also qualified for the 400 final with a time of 47.16.

Eric Harrison led a trio of Buckeyes through the 100 prelims today and into tomorrow’s finals. Harrison had the top time at 10.27 with Kainnan Ramsey and Adrian Curry also qualifying with times of 10.39 and 10.51, respectively.

Nick Miller made the finals of the 800. His time of 1:49.45 today was the seventh-fastest and easily got him into the nine-runner field.

Some additional highlights from Saturday:

  • Carlos Aviles scored points for the Buckeyes today in the discus. The sophomore from Ventura, Calif., placed seventh overall with a personal best throw of 53.86m / 176-8.
  • Nick Regas just missed scoring in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by finishing in 10th-place while smashing his personal best in the event by 16 seconds with a time of 8:59.74.
  • Britten Bowen set a personal best in the 100 hurdles of 13.75.
  • Aziza Ayoub (2:08.97) and Mary Figler (2:09.99) just missed qualifying for finals in the 800, finishing in 12th and 14th, respectively.

Championship Sunday starts at noon eastern with a trio of women’s field events: discus, pole vault and high jump.

Sunday schedule for the Buckeyes

  • Noon – Women’s Discus (Adelaide Aquilla, Divine Oladipo and Sade Olatoye)
  • Noon – Women’s Pole Vault (Abbey Kuhn)
  • Noon – Women’s High Jump (Emma Nwofor and Amaya Ugarte)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Men’s Shot Put (Carlos Aviles and Adam Riedinger)
  • 1:55 p.m. – Women’s 4×100 Relay (Yanique Dayle, Anavia Battle, Nya Bussey, Alyssa Marsh)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Women’s Triple Jump (Cierra Pyles)
  • 2:35 p.m. – Women’s 100 Hurdles (Emma Nwofor)
  • 2:40 p.m. – Men’s 400 (Tyler Johnson and Donnie James)
  • 2:45 p.m. – Women’s 400 (Bryannia Murphy)
  • 2:50 p.m. – Men’s 100 (Eric Harrison, Kainnan Ramsey, Adrian Curry)
  • 2:55 p.m. – Women’s 100 (Anavia Battle and Yanique Dayle)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Women’s Javelin (Sarah Stanley)
  • 3:03 p.m. – Men’s 800 (Nick Miller)
  • 3:35 p.m. – Men’s 200 (Tyler Johnson and Eric Harrison)
  • 3:42 p.m. – Women’s 200 (Anavia Battle and Yanique Dayle)
  • 3:49 p.m. – Men’s 5,000 Meters (Steve Bauers, Tevin Brown, Peter Hayden and Nick Regas)
  • 4:11 p.m. – Women’s 5,000 Meters (Alex Buck, Addie Engel, Andrea Kuhn and Daniella Santos)
  • 4:33 p.m. – Men’s 4×400 Relay (Donnie James, Tyler Johnson, Tyrese Fajardo and Frank Hayes)
  • 4:45 p.m. – Women’s 4×400 Relay (Bryannia Murphy, Alyssa Marsh, Chanler Robinson and Yanique Dayle)