Ohio State's Adelaide Aquilla, Anavia Battle named Big Ten athletes of the year

Brian White
The Columbus Dispatch
Adelaide Aquilla broke the women’s outdoor collegiate shot put record at the NCAA Championships last week.

Ohio State thrower Adelaide Aquilla was named Big Ten Outdoor Female Field Athlete of the Year, and senior sprinter Anavia Battle was named Big Ten Outdoor Female Track Athlete of the Year.   

Aquilla broke the women’s outdoor collegiate shot put record at the NCAA Championships last week, defending her NCAA outdoor title with a best throw of 19.64m. She had the four best throws of the competition and beat the field by more than one meter. She went undefeated in the shot put during the outdoor season and broke the program’s discus record twice.

Battle finished third in the 200m (22.33) and sixth as a member of the 4x100m relay (43.52) at the NCAA Championships. During the 200m semifinals, Battle broke her own program record by running a 22.26. She won the Big Ten title in both the 200m and 4x100m relay and was the runner-up in the 100m.