Cherokee grad Woodard pops PR 173-0 in discus at UCLA meet!!!

Jess Woodard has a new discus PR on her resume. The 2013 Cherokee High graduate, now a freshman at Oklahoma, threw 173-0 at the Rafer Johnson-Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational Saturday at UCLA.

Woodard’s previous PR was 168-10, when she was fourth at the USATF Junior National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in June 2013.

Woodard was competing against an international field of throwers. She was sixth overall but first among collegians.

Her series looked like this: Foul … 161-11 1/4 … 163-8 1/2 … 173-0 … Foul … Foul.

Woodard, a shot and discus Meet of Champions winner at Cherokee, is now the No. 5 freshman collegian in the country and ranked 29th overall in NCAA Division 1.

The University of Oklahoma doesn’t have a current track and field media guide on its web site. In fact, the most recent one is from 2010. But we took the all-time Sooners women’s discus list from 2009 and updated it, and it looks like Jess is already No. 4 in school history in the discus!

  • 186-1 … Brittany Borman (2010)
  • 182-9 … Karen Shump (2010)
  • 180-6 … Bambi Carson (2001)
  • 173-0 … Jess Woodard (2015)
  • 173-0 … Bailey Wagner (2012)
  • 173-6 … Alexandra Morgan (2014)
  • 167-1 … Jessica Longfors (2001)
  • 166-1 … Kelsey Poljansek (2011)
  • 164-7 … Jorunn Tangen (1983)
  • 170-2 … Kate Foster (2015)
  • 161-10 … Lauren Guerreri (2012)

Woodard is also closing in on the Burlington County alumni discus record set on May 6, 1989, by Pemberton graduate Lillian Rivera. She was competing for Texas Southern when she  threw 174-6 at the 1989 SEC meet in Houston.

Woodard also placed fourth in the hammer throw with a 175-5.

Full results of the meet are here: http://www.soonersports.com/pdf9/3423010.pdf

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