July 16, 2020

Sade Olatoye Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Track and field student-athlete Sade Olatoye is one of the record 605 female college athletes nationwide to be nominated for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Member schools are encouraged to honor their top graduating female college athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year Award.

An NCAA champion in the weight throw in 2019, Olatoye won six Big Ten championships and was a two-time Big Ten Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. She graduated this past May with her degree in health sciences and was also a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for mainlining a grade-point average of 3.70 or better in the 2019-20 academic year. Olatoye was also a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

This past February, Olatoye was announced as the winner of the Big Ten’s Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship. She, along with Michigan State’s Scott Piper, will receive $10,000 towards their graduate school studies. She also earned the NCAA Winter Sports Postgraduate Scholarship. Next year, Olatoye will begin pursuing a master’s of arts and bioethics at Ohio State’s College of Medicine.

The 2019 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year, Olatoye holds four Ohio State records: both indoor (17.88m) and outdoor (17.88m) shot put marks along with weight throw (24.46m) and hammer throw (67.49m). She also competed for the Nigerian Senior National Team and won the shot put championship at the 2019 All African Games in Rabat, Morocco. Olatoye also competed for Nigeria at the 2019 World Championships.

In the community, Olatoye has worked with the African Youth League, Ohio State’s Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force and was the council chair of the Peer Educators, among other activities.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

The nominees represent all three NCAA divisions and encompass 24 sports, with multisport student-athletes accounting for 128 of the nominees.

Next, conference offices will select up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.

From the Top 30, the Woman of the Year selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division and announce nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then will choose the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year, who will be named this fall.