The 2019 Division I Outdoor Preliminaries took place this weekend and the East Preliminary was held on the University of North Florida's campus in Jacksonville. The events spanned from Thursday through Saturday and ended with 15 Buckeye athletes punching tickets to the Championships.
Fresh off a Big Ten championship, the Ohio State women's team sent 17 athletes – including two relay teams – to Jacksonville while the men sent 18 athletes and two relay teams.
Sophomore Anavia Battle and senior Nick Gray were named the top track athletes of the Big Ten Championships earlier this month, and both are now heading to Austin. Battle blazed a 22.73s in the 200m and was a part of the women's 4x100 team as well. Gray recorded a 20.14s in the 200m as the Pickerington native will head back to nationals once again.
Senior thrower Sade Olatoye qualified for nationals in both the hammer throw (65.95m) and shot put (17.53m).
Some other championship qualifiers include DaJuan Seward (7.51m in the long jump), Sara McKeeman (4.07m pole vault), Cody Stine (2.19m high jump), and Adelaide Aquilla (16.34m shot put). The full list of Buckeye qualifiers can be found on Ohio State's official athletics website.
The Championships will be held in Austin, Texas, at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas' campus, from June 5-8.