BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Sade Olatoye claimed NCAA Indoor All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in the shot put on the first day of the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday evening, held at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Three Buckeyes advanced to finals following performances in their respective preliminaries.
• Senior Julia Rizk finished fifth in the mile preliminary, clocking in at a time of 4:37.03. That time was good for second place in the second heat, earning an automatic qualification for the final
• Her first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Rizk will race in the final on Saturday at 5:10 p.m. ET.
• Olatoye started out the championship meet with a fifth-place finish in the shot put, earning her third USTFCCCA First Team Indoor All-America honor, also claiming the laurel in the weight throw in 2017 and 2018.
• Olatoye’s best throw of the night was 17.23m (56-6.5).
• She returns to action tomorrow in the weight throw at 5:30 p.m. ET.
• Senior Nick Gray claimed 10th in the 60m dash, posting a time of 6.64. Gray’s time was the first time outside of qualifying for the final.
• Senior Cole Gorski took 15th in the pole vault, clearing a height of 5.33m (17-5.75).
• Junior Frank Hayes placed 15th in the 800m preliminary in his first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships as a Buckeye, crossing the finish line at 1:53.04.
• On the women’s side, sophomore Anavia Battle advanced to the Saturday final by posting one of the top eight times, finishing seventh overall with a time of 23.11, also good for second place in the first heat.
• In Battle’s first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, she moves on to the final on Saturday at 6:50 p.m. ET.
• Gray represented the Buckeyes on the men’s side in the 200m dash in addition to the 60m dash, placing sixth overall with a time of 20.69. Gray was second in the third heat.
• Gray will compete in the final on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
The Buckeyes will be back in action for the second day of competition tomorrow at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Rizk is the first Ohio State athlete set to compete, appearing in the mile final at 5:10 p.m. ET.