January 11, 2017

Olatoye and Seitzer Named Big Ten Athletes of the Week


Jan. 11, 2017

Columbus, Ohio – Two Ohio State track and field athletes were rewarded for their spectacular performances at the Buckeye Classic last Friday evening. Sade Olatoye (female field) and Dominik Seitzer (male co-track) were named Big Ten Athletes of the Week on Wednesday.

Olatoye entered the Ohio State record books in the weight throw with a personal-record heave of 21.63m (70-11.75) on her sixth and final attempt to set the school record that had previously been set in 2008 by Veronica Jatsek; Olatoye’s mark ranks second nationally and first in the Big Ten. The sophomore also earned a second-place showing in the shot put with a throw of 15.10m (49-6.50), which ranks third in the Big Ten and 21st nationally.

Seitzer registered the fastest 800m run time in the nation with a flat-track conversion of 1:51.79. He dusted the field by more than three seconds and his time leads the Big Ten by more than 1.5 seconds.

This is the first B1G award for Olatoye in her career, and it marks the first time an Ohio State female field athlete has received an indoor award since Jan. 31, 2011. It is also Seitzer’s first-career award, and the first for a Buckeye male indoor track athlete in almost two years.

The Buckeyes will return to action this weekend at the Kentucky Invitational (Jan. 13-14).