Flashback Friday: Going back to earlier this month at the Sharon-Colyear Danville Opener in Boston, Olivia Pace produced a pair of the top early 2022 season performances while lining-up against collegiate competition.
Pace, a Westerville Central sophomore who was racing on behalf of her club team, the Ohio Heat, easily advanced to the 60m finals with her 7.64 winning effort in Heat 1. A mark which stood as the fastest time in the entire preliminary round. Haja Donzo checked-in with the next best clocking at 7.79.
In the finals, Pace's victory was even more decisive as she rolled to a 7.51, 0.21 ahead of the aforementioned Donzo, for the meet title, an Ohio No. 1 and what currently stands as a US No. 5 showing.
According to the MileSplit database, Pace's 7.51 stations her in a tie for No. 24 all-time in terms of 60m performances displayed by state-side athletes. That statistic includes sprinters who populate on the listing multiple times. For additional context, former Dublin Coffman standout Abby Steiner owns 15 of the marks inside of that top 24. So suffice to say, with this result, Pace placed herself in elite historical company.
Her work wasn't done with the 60, though. Pace also captured 200 meter gold in the timed finals by winning Section 1 in 24.84, a clocking that resides at No. 1 on the state's overall leaderboard and No. 7 nationally.