GAINSVILLE, Fl – It’s been a long weekend for the Bucks, as both the men’s and the women’s teams competed in the three-day long Pepsi Florida Relays, hosted by the University of Florida. Additionally, a cluster of the distance squad competed at the Raleigh Relays at NC State, and they showed more progression for Ohio State. The weekend ended with evidence of success as more than a dozen Buckeyes set new career bests and four school records early in this outdoor season.
Day One of the competition in Florida was a quiet one as only two Buckeyes competed. Junior Daniel Mastropaolo placed 22nd in the men’s javelin throw with a heave of 52.76m, and distance specialist Luke Landis was able to put points on the board for the men as he took bronze in the men’s 5,000m run.
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Sophomore sprinter Anavia Battle started the second day of the Florida Relays with a new career best time of 11.37s in the women’s 100m dash to place ninth. She didn’t stop there however, as later on in the competition she came back with vengeance in the women’s 200m dash. Her time of 22.54s beat an Ohio State record that stood since 2000.
Senior Kate Deaton set a new personal hammer throw record of 58.85m as she claimed silver to contribute to the Bucks’ medal count for the day.
Senior distance specialist Christine Frederick wrote her name in the Ohio State record books as well. Frederick ran a 33:46.57s in the women’s 10,000m run in Raleigh, which is the fastest by any Buckeye in almost 40 years.
The Field Athlete of the Year for the indoor season, Sade Olatoye, claimed the first medal of the day for the Buckeyes. The Dublin native took a well-deserved bronze in the women’s hammer throw with a heave of 62.70m. Of course, the dominate field athlete wasn’t finished there as she surpassed her own shot put school record with a 16.90m heave.
Ohio State picked up their second medal of the day when the women’s sprint medley team finished third with a time of 3:49.12s. The relay teams weren’t finished, however, as the women’s 4x800m took gold with a time of 8:30.79.
It’s official! 🙌 The 4×800 team of Aziza Ayoub, Annie Ubbing, Courtney Clody and Julia Rizk have broken the SCHOOL RECORD! 🤩 For those of you keeping score at home, that’s now three new Ohio State records this weekend!! 💪💪#StrongerTogether #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/LQTQhZSdRn
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Anavia Battle – 100m – 11.37s
Anavia Battle – 200m – 22.54s (School Record)
Kate Deaton – Hammer Throw – 58.85m
Julia Rizk – 800m – 2:05.15s
Devon Leahy – 3000m Steeplechase – 10:41.32s
Abby Nichols – 5000m – 16:09.50s
Christine Frederick – 10k – 33:46.57s (School Record)
Robby Oswald – Pole Vault – 5.22m
Evan Stifle – 10k – 29:44.85s
Courtney Clody – 1500m – 4:29.14s
Britten Bowen – 100H – 14.33s
Terry Johnson – 400H- 52.55s
Sara McKeeman – Pole Vault – 3.95m
Adelaid Aquilla – Discus – 45.95m