Anavia Battle


Player profile

  • Hometown Inkster, Mich.
  • Last School Wayne Memorial
  • Year Graduate
  • Major Human Development and Family Sciences

Personal Records:

Ohio State Overview
• Anavia Battle is a United States Olympian, having qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for team USA by finishing third in June at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., in the 200 meters.
• Her time in the trials’ 200 final of 21.95 was a personal best and just off the times posted by Gabby Thomas (21.61) and Jenna Prandini (21.89), who went one-two.
• Her 21.95 time is now at the top – No. 1 – of the all-dates, all-time collegiate list at 200 meters; Battle is the first woman in collegiate history, regardless of competition date, to post a wind-legal, sub-22 effort in the 200.
• Battle ran faster and faster each round of the Olympic Trials, sprinting to a 22.37 time in the first round to qualify for the semifinals fifth overall, and then cruising to a 22.32 time in the semifinals to qualify fourth overall for the finals.
• She will graduate from Ohio State in August 2021 with her degree in human development and family sciences.
• She was the dominant track performer in the Big Ten Conference during the past four years while leading Ohio State to four team championships (2019 and 2020 indoors; 2019 and 2021 outdoors).
• Won seven individual Big Ten Conference titles over her career with only Donica Merriman (nine individual Big Ten crowns) and Christina Manning (eight titles) having won more as an Ohio State athlete.
• Battle capped her outstanding Ohio State career by winning Big Ten outdoor championships as a senior in 2021 in the 100 meters, 200 meters and as part of the 4×100 relay team.
• She also has won Big Ten individual titles in the 60 (2020 indoors), 100 (2019 outdoors) and 200 (2019 indoors, 2019 outdoors, 2020 indoors) plus has an additional relay title outdoors in 2019 (4×100).
• Was named the Big Ten’s track athlete of the year or of the championships four times: the outdoor track athlete of the year and athlete of the championships in 2021, the outdoor track athlete of the championships in 2019, the 2020 indoor track athlete of the championships.
• The first Ohio State student-athlete to win two outdoor athlete of the championships honors and just the sixth in Big Ten History.
• Named the 2017 Big Ten freshman of the year.
• Broke the Ohio State school record in the outdoor 200 meters with a time of 22.28 as a senior in 2021.
• Also holds the Ohio State 200 meters record indoors with a time of 22.66.
• Has the second-fastest 100 meters time in school history (11.17) and the third-fastest 60 time in school history (7.28).
• Is second to only Manning (who has three) in holding individual school sprint records.
• Set Big Ten indoor championships record in the 200 in 2019 (22.75).
• First-team All-American at outdoor NCAAs in 2021 after taking third in the 200; honorable mention All-American as part of 4×100 relay.
• Awarded All-America honors in 2020 in the 200 meters after the pandemic cancelled the championships.
• Also qualified for 2019 outdoor NCAA championships in the 200.

More on Anavia
• Lettered all four years in track & field at Wayne Memorial H.S. under the direction of Jamal Jonson.
• 2017 100m Michigan state champion with a time of 11.95.
• 2017 Junior Olympic 100m and 200m champion.
• 2017 New Balance National qualifier.
• Combined to win 21 titles between the 100m and 200m dash during her senior year, including an undefeated 11-0 record in the 100m dash.
• 2017 Midwest Meet of Champions gold medalist in the 100m dash with a readout of 11.93.
• Holds multiple track records at Wayne Memorial.
• Named women’s track MVP three years in a row.
• Is the daughter of Antoinette Booze-Battle.
• Has three siblings (Mintoria, Antoine, and Montel).
• Favorite track thrill  is rounding the curve in the 200m dash.