March 9, 2019

Women’s Team Takes Fourth at NCAA Championships Behind National Titles for Olatoye, Rizk


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Ohio State track & field team finished a banner indoor season in a big way on Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex, taking home two national titles and a fourth-place finish for the women’s team with 28 points from just three athletes. Senior Julia Rizk won the first mile title in Buckeye history, and senior Sade Olatoye completed an incredible season with a championship in the weight throw, besting her school record and landing at No. 3 on the NCAA all-time list.

Rizk started out the night for the Buckeyes, setting the tone early with her first-place finish with a time of 4:37.63. Rizk kicked it into high gear in the final lap to claim the first women’s mile title in Ohio State history.

Olatoye defended her rank as the top weight thrower in the nation, posting a personal-best distance of 24.46m that increases her school record and and places her third all-time in collegiate history. The senior only adds to an incredible indoor campaign and makes a strong case as one of the all-time greats in program history.

Sophomore Anavia Battle finished fifth overall in the 200m with a time of 23.07, rounding out the effort for the women’s team. Battle helped the Buckeye women to a fourth-place finish as a team with just three competitors.

Senior Nick Gray finished the indoor season fourth in the nation in the 200m, clocking in at 20.76 and adding five points for the men’s team.

Ohio State opens the outdoor season at the Power Five Trailblazer Challenge hosted by Florida in Miami, Fla. on Saturday, March 23.