August 16, 2021

Olatoye Named Big Ten Honoree for 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year Award


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State thrower Sade Olatoye was selected as the Big Ten honoree for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year Award on Monday. Olatoye is one of 152 conference-level honorees selected. View the full list HERE. She was previously nominated for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.


Olatoye graduated in May 2020 with a degree in health sciences and is pursuing her master’s degree in bioethics at the Ohio State College of Medicine. Olatoye excelled in the classroom, being named a Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar for having a grade point average of 3.70 or above. The four-time academic All-Big Ten honoree and six-time OSU Scholar Athlete won the Big Ten’s Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship towards her graduate studies after receiving the NCAA Winter Sports Postgraduate Scholarship last winter.


Olatoye also left her mark as a Buckeye athlete, tying the school record for most individual Big Ten championships in field events – six. Four of her championships were earned in shot put as she won indoors three times (2017, 2018, 2019) and outdoors once (2017), while the other two titles were in weight throw (2017, 2019). The 2019 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year is a two-time Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year (2017, 2019 indoors) and Athlete of the Championships (2017, 2019 indoors).


The 2019 NCAA Weight Throw Champion is a First-Team All-American and holds four school records – shot put indoor (17.88m), shot put outdoor (17.88m), weight throw (24.46m) and hammer throw (67.49m). During her time at Ohio State, Olatoye also competed for the Nigerian Senior National Team and is the 2019 All-African Games Shot Put Champion.