February 28, 2019

Olatoye Becomes First Buckeye to Earn Spot on Bowerman Watchlist


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Sade Olatoye, has been a stand out this season as well as a world leader in both shot put an weight. With the start of the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships just around the corner, thePre-NCAA Indoor Watch List for The Bowerman – collegiate track & fields highest honor – was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday. Olatoye leads the nation in both the shot put and weight throw after a stellar effort at the Big Ten Championships this past weekend. The senior captured individual conference titles in both events with best marks of 17.88m (58-8) in the shot put and a 24.07m (78-11¾) in the weight throw. This stellar performance, along with her impressive ten titles in seven meets, being in top 3 of shot put and weight throw, has earned her a spot on this prestige’s list. Sade is the first Buckeye in history to receive this honor, writing her name deep within the Ohio State record books yet again. The Ohio native has secured the No. 6 spot in NCAA all-time history with her 24.07m (78-11.75) in the Big Ten Championship weight throw competition. She is only the second Buckeye in Ohio State history who is currently on the list. Ohio State standout and current Olympian Christina Clemons (Manning) holds the No. 10 all-time time in the women’s 60m hurdles. Her time of 7.91 was achieved on March 10th, 2012 at the NCAA Divison I Indoor Championships.


"I knew Sade was special the first time I saw her at the Ohio High School State Championship. I wholeheartedly believed from the beginning of her career at Ohio State that she would achieve the highest levels of the sport. What Sade is doing right now, is just that. She’s a true competitor and champion in every sense of the word. I am 100% confident in Sade and I couldn’t be more proud of her. - Coach Ashley Kovac (Throws)"
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