Adelaide Aquila of Ohio State breaks NCAA shot record to win second consecutive National Outdoor Championship

Adelaide Aquila crowned her career at Ohio State by breaking the NCAA record.

Aquila won the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship for the second year in a row and the NCAA Women’s shot broke the record in the process Thursday night at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

On her first pitch of the competition, Aquila fired the 64-foot 5 1/4-inch shot, breaking the previous NCAA record of 63 feet 10 1/4 inches set by Maggie Ewen of Arizona State in 2018.

Aquila’s record throw was three feet longer than the second place throw (60 feet, 11 1/2 inches) from Arizona State’s Jorinde Van Klinken, who defeated Aquila to win the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. Aquila’s throw Thursday evening is also the fourth longest shot by any female in the world this year.

Thursday night’s record-breaking performance, which came at Aquila’s final event as Buckeye, cemented her place as one of Ohio’s track and field greats. She previously won the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships in the shot put in 2021, when she also became the U.S. Olympic team. Aquilla also holds the Ohio State indoor record in shot put (62 feet, 6.31 inches) and the school’s record in disc (189 feet, 9.95 inches).

The NCAA outdoor tournaments run Friday and Saturday. The Buckeyes will battle for titles over the next two days, and will include Eric Harrison, who had the second-fastest time (20.18 seconds) in Wednesday’s men’s 200m semi-final, and Anavia Battle, who had the fourth-fastest time (22.26 seconds) in the dash 200 semi-finals meter women Thursday.

ESPN2 will broadcast the final night of the men’s competition from 9-11:30 p.m. on Friday, while ESPN will broadcast the final night of the women’s competition from 5:30-8 p.m. on Saturday. A full schedule of events and live scores can be found on the official NCAA website.

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