IOWA CITY, Iowa – The favorite to win the conference title this weekend, the Ohio State women’s track & field team delivered with a spectacular final day of competition, scoring the most points of any team male or female with 126 to take the title and complete the indoor-outdoor sweep for just the second time in program history (last accomplished in 2011). It’s the first outdoor title for the women since 2012, and second-most points scored for the women, indoor or outdoor.
• The Buckeyes saw their first outdoor individual champion of the weekend in junior Taylor DeLoach who leapt 6.18m in the long jump to take gold. DeLoach earns the first individual Big Ten championship of her career.
• The women’s 4×100-meter team started the track events off strong on Sunday, with Bliss Soleyn, Anavia Battle, Karimah Senior and DeLoach collecting gold easily with a time of 43.99.
• Anavia Battle went two-for-two in her individual events, picking up a Big Ten title in both the 100m dash (11.32) and the 200m dash (22.73).
• Nick Gray made it a Buckeye sweep with his own win in the 200m dash, clocking in at 20.23 to set the Cretzmeyer Track facility record and finish his Big Ten career as an 11-time Big Ten Champion.
• Abby Nichols ran a phenomenal 5,000, staying in the front of the pack for the entire race before emerging as the leader in the last lap and never relinquishing the lead. Nichols broke the school record for her first Big Ten title, crossing the finish line at 15:56.52 and clinching the title for the women.
• Senior Sade Olatoye claimed the first individual medal of the weekend with a silver-medal finish in the hammer throw on Friday, earning the runner-up distance of 66.36m and putting up eight points for Ohio State.
• Olatoye then followed with another silver medal on Saturday, this time in the shot put with a heave of 17.27m.
• Senior Cody Stine went through the high jump progression with ease, clearing each height on his first attempt. He finished at 2.20m, a new career-best and good for second overall.
• Tavonte Mott, Nick Gray, Asa Burke and Tyler Johnson took third in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 39.57.
• Julia Rizk took second overall in a photo finish race for the 1,500m run, clocking in at 4:17.71.
• In the triple jump, Mikaela Seibert notched a bronze medal with a best mark of 12.70m.
• Tyler Johnson finished third in the 400m, posting a personal record of 45.85.
• Lowering his freshly-set school record, Gray placed second in the 100m dash with a blistering time of 10.15.
• Aziza Ayoub took a silver medal in the 800m run with a new career best of 2:05.32.
• Not only did Battle take the 200m dash title, but DeLoach made the podium as well with a bronze-medal time of 23.62.
• To finish out the weekend, both 4×4 relays claimed medals with the men’s team taking silver and the women finishing with a bronze.
Ohio State awaits selections for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, set for May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Fla.