COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s track & field team recived it’s Big Ten Championship rings as the undisputed 2019 indoor and outdoor champs.
A Look Back..
For the first time since 2015, the women took home the indoor Big Ten title at the 2019 championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., with a total of 112 team points. Michigan native Anavia Battle ran a personal-best 60m dash with a time of 7.28s to claim silver. The sophomore didn’t stop there; she earned the title of Big Ten Champion in the 200m dash with the best time in the NCAA and Ohio State history (22.80s). Sade Olatoye set a new school record and Michigan facility record to land her the number one spot in the nation for women’s shot put. She was the undisputed champion in the weight throw nation and in the Big Ten Conference.
The favorite to win the outdoor conference title, the Ohio State women’s track & field team delivered with a spectacular final day of competition, scoring the most points of any team male or female with 126 to take the title and complete the indoor-outdoor sweep for just the second time in program history (last accomplished in 2011). It was the first outdoor title for the women since 2012, and second-most points scored for the women, indoor or outdoor. The Buckeyes saw their first outdoor individual champion of the championships as junior Taylor DeLoach leaped 6.18m in the long jump to take gold, also earning the first individual Big Ten championship of her career. The women’s 4×100-meter team started the track events off strong with Bliss Soleyn, Anavia Battle, Karimah Senior and DeLoach collecting gold easily with a time of 43.99. Anavia Battle went two-for-two in her individual events, picking up a Big Ten title in both the 100m dash (11.32) and the 200m dash (22.73). Abby Nichols ran a phenomenal 5,000, staying in the front of the pack for the entire race before emerging as the leader in the last lap and never relinquishing the lead. Nichols broke the school record for her first Big Ten title, crossing the finish line at 15:56.52 and clinching the title for the women.