Around the Oval: Ohio State Women’s Track and Field Places Third at Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Jesse Owens Receives New Plaque at Ferry Field and Men’s Golf Tees Off at NCAA Regionals

Now in the third week of May, Monday marks ATO’s penultimate release, Eleven warriors one-stop shop for Ohio State Olympic sports coverage. As the spring sports season comes to a close, we look at the men’s and women’s track and field teams and their performance at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the upcoming men’s golf week at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional and the prospects for baseball’s Big Ten Tournament.

This weekend we also highlighted Ohio State men’s tennis and its victory over Mississippi State in the NCAA tournament.

Let’s dive in.


Ohio State athletics competed at the 2024 Big Ten Outdoor Championships this weekend. The women’s team took third place in the event with 115 points, while the men’s team finished 10th with 49 points.

The Ohio State women’s team won three Big Ten event titles on Sunday: Leah Bertrand won the 100 meters in 11.16 seconds, Fatouma Conde won the 200 meters in 22.91 seconds and a team of Bertrand, Conde, Nya Bussey and Columba Effong won the 4×100 meter relay in 43.44. seconds. Meanwhile, the men’s team captured one Big Ten event title when Hayden Tobias won the shot put with a 65-foot throw.

As conference champions, Bertrand, Conde, Bussey, Effong and Tobias are automatic qualifiers for the NCAA postseason. These athletes, and several Buckeyes who could be named to the at-large bids later this week, will compete in the NCAA East Regional in Lexington, Kentucky, May 23-25. If these Buckeyes advance to the national championships, they will travel to Eugene, Oregon, for the NCAA championships June 5-8.

Jesse Owens

On Thursday, World Athletics honored the late Jesse Owens with a plaque at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The plaque commemorates Owens’ “Day of Days” during the 1935 Big Ten Championships, where the Ohio State legend set four world records in 45 minutes.

Photo: Jaime Crawford, Michigan Photography, freelance

At age 21, Owens ran a 9.4 in the 100 yards (equivalent world record), jumped 8.13 m on his only long jump attempt (world record for 25 years) and won both the 220 yards (20.3) and the 220 yards . low hurdles (22.6), with times faster than previous records for the 200-yard events.

Ohio State athletic director Rosalind Joseph, Michigan athletic director Kevin Sullivan, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel and Owens’ granddaughter, Marlene Dortch, attended the ceremony where World Athletics honored these achievements.

“We appreciate World Athletics and the University of Michigan for honoring not only a great in our program, but a great in the sport of track and field,” Joseph said in a statement. “We appreciate that everyone here can recognize that this is someone who has left a legacy that goes beyond the rivalry and what it really means to be able to promote our sport, promote what Jesse Owens has done for the sport of track and field and continue with living out that legacy.”

Men’s golf

Ohio State men’s golf will compete at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional this week from Monday through Wednesday, along with Auburn, Virginia, Texas Tech, Oregon, Duke, LSU, Louisville, Houston, South Carolina, Lipscomb, Yale, Loyola Maryland and Arkansas -Pine Bluff.

Ohio State’s lineup of Neal Shipley, Jackson Chandler, Maxwell Moldovan, Adam Wallin and Tyler Sabo began the first round Monday at 9:30 a.m. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Buckeyes could tee off between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at The University Club, a par-72 course (7,401 yards) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Ohio State has advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the past two seasons and will make its third consecutive appearance in the event for the first time since 1991-93. The Buckeyes finished 24th at the 2022 NCAA Championships and 15th at the 2023 NCAA Championships.


Ohio State baseball defeated Northwestern in two of three games this weekend to improve to 26-23 overall and 10-11 in Big Ten competition this season.

Ohio State is tied for seventh in the conference standings, along with Maryland and Michigan State, and occupies the final Big Ten Tournament spot entering the final weekend of the regular season. From Friday to Sunday, the Terrapins will face Penn State (23-22, 9-12 Big Ten), the Buckeyes will face Rutgers (27-23, 5-16 Big Ten) and the Spartans will face Nebraska (32-18 , 14-7 Big Ten). The teams with the two best records against their opponents will advance to the conference tournament in Omaha, Nebraska, May 21-26.

Ohio State has not met Rutgers in 2024. The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights have 10 all-time matchups dating back to 1968, and the programs are tied with a 10-10 record. Since Rutgers became a Big Ten school in 2014, the Scarlet Knights have an 8-7 series lead.

The Buckeyes have made 29 all-time Big Ten Tournament appearances. However, Ohio State hasn’t appeared in the conference postseason since 2019, when the No. 7 seed Buckeyes and Most Outstanding Player Andrew Magno caught fire at TD Ameritrade Park, defeating Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota and Nebraska en route to the program’s second Big Ten Tournament title.