Cherokee graduate Jessica Woodard, now a sophomore at Oklahoma, earned her first All-Amerca award after placing eighth in the shot put at the NCAA indoor championships in Birmingham, Ala.
Woodard PR’d yet again with a 55-11. She was 12th seed entering the meet, so she moved up four spots from her seeding. Her previous PR was 55-7.
Woodard, whose PR was 51-8 1/4 coming into the indoor season, now ranks third on the Oklahoma all-time indoor list, behind Tia Brooks (63-0 3/4 in 2013) and Karen Shump (58-11 1/2 in 2011).
Woodard’s high school PR was 47-1 1/4, and her best throw as a freshman was a 50-10 3/4, so her improvement has been consistently tremendous.
After a 54-6 3/4 on her first throw of the trials, Woodard popped her 55-11 on her second throw. She fouled on her next three throws — her final throw of the trials and her first two in the finals — before finishing with a 55-3 on her sixth and final attempt.
Her big throw earned Woodard a No .24 ranking among all U.S. women and a No.52 ranking on the 2016 world indoor list. She’s No. 2 among sophomores, behind only NCAA champ and world No. 5 Raven Saunders of Mississippi, who has thrown 63-1 1/4.
Woodard has a 178-0 career best in the discus. Her outdoor shot PR is 53-8 1/4.