Feb. 28, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – After winning titles in the weight throw and shot put at the Big Ten Championships, sophomore Sade Olatoye has been named the Female Field Athlete of the Championships. She becomes the first Ohio State athlete to earn this honor since the Big Ten started presenting it in 2007.
Olatoye accounted for 20 of the Buckeyes 83 points at Big Ten’s this past weekend. She started the meet off on Friday with a win in the shot put. On her fifth attempt of the evening, the Dublin, Ohio native launched the shot 16.71m (54-10.00) to best the field by more than a foot. The career-best mark by Olatoye ranks third in program history.
On Saturday, she triumphed in the weight throw with a heave of 21.60m (70-10.50) to clear the field by more than two feet. The school record holder in the weight throw remains undefeated and has won the title at all seven events she has competed in this season.
With the titles in the shot and weight throw, Olatoye became the first woman in program history to win both events at the same Big Ten meet. She is slated to compete in the weight throw at the NCAA Championships on March 11 in College Station, Texas.
Seniors Rachel Weber and Anthony Johnson were both recognized as the Sportsmanship Award Honorees from Ohio State. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the students must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.