Thursday, July 22, 2021

Hello, Tokyo

Anavia Battle, a native of Inkster and 2017 graduate of Wayne Memorial High School, has qualified for the U.S. Olympic team after running a personal best 21.95 in the 200m qualifying meet June 26. Battle, 22, is a senior at Ohio State University majoring in human development and family sciences. Battle lettered all four years in track and field in high school under the direction of Jamal Jonson and amassed 21 state titles before enrolling at Ohio.  She is the daughter of Antoinette Booze-Battle of Inkster and has three siblings, Mintoria, Antoine, and Monte. While she hopes to become a professional athlete following her Olympic appearance, she said her favorite hobbies are watching movies. She finished third in the Olympic trials Eugene, Oregon and is expected to excel during her first Olympic performance.