May 27, 2021

Strong Day at NCAA East Prelims


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thursday was a good day for the Ohio State women’s track and field team at the NCAA East Prelims at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. Three throwers have advanced out of Jacksonville to the NCAA Championships and three sprinters have qualified for races Saturday that can send them to Eugene, Ore., for nationals.

The Buckeye shot putters are the first to qualify for nationals (although Emma Nwofor is technically the first as she had advanced from Big Tens with her 16th-best heptathlon score of 5,685 points). National leader Adelaide Aquilla won these East Prelims with a Hodges Stadium record throw of 60-11 ½ / 18.58m with Divine Oladipo sixth (55-1 / 16.79m) and Sade Olatoye ninth (54-8 ¾ / 16.68m). The top 12 finishers in the field events at these East (and West Prelims, being held in College Station, Texas) advance directly to the national championships.

Olatoye also qualified in the hammer throw, taking second with a throw of 219-0 / 66.77m.

Anavia Battle and Yanique Dayle have qualified for Saturday’s quarterfinals in two events apiece. Battle was fourth overall in the 100 with a time of 11.18 that was just off her school record, and she qualified No. 1 in the 200 with a time of 22.58. Dayle qualified 16th in the 100 with a personal best run of 11.39 and she advanced in the 200 with a time of 23.45, good for 16th.

Bryannia Murphy, who set a personal best in the 400 two weeks ago at the Big Ten championships, flew by that best with a time of 53.03 to qualify for the quarterfinals 18th overall.

Six others competed for Ohio State at these NCAA East Prelims Thursday but will, unfortunately, not move on to the next round in their respective events. They are:

  • Aziza Ayoub in the 800 (fifth in her heat in 2:06.17);
  • Mary Figler in the 800 (fifth in her heat in 2:07.15);
  • Emma Nwofor in the 100 hurdles (seventh in her heat in 13.78);
  • Alexus Pyles in the 100 hurdles (seventh in her heat in 13.59);
  • Chanler Robinson in the 400 hurdles (fifth in her heat in 1:00.34); and
  • Sarah Stanley, who threw the javelin 42.85m / 140-7.

Friday will feature Day 2 for the men’s track and field competitors. Five Buckeyes will be competing in individual events and both relays will be in action as well.