Cherokee graduate Jessica Woodard closed out indoor season with another shot put PR and fifth place at the NCAA track championships at Gilliam Indoor Stadium on the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas.
Woodard had only one legal throw in the competition, but bombed a 57-7 on her first throw to earn indoor All-America honors for the second straight year. She’s also been an outdoor All-America once.
Woodard fouled on each successive throw, but the 57-7 stood up for fifth.
“There’s not much more you can ask out of somebody than to come and set a PR in the first round,” Oklahoma head coach Jim VanHootegem said. “It means that she was ready to go. I’m not going to say that I’m disappointed, but I’m sure she’s going to say that she’s disappointed that she couldn’t correct her foul issue after that. I think she felt that she had a special one in her.
“Still, a year ago we were ecstatic for her to come to this meet and not throw close to that far. She’s come a long way. She continues to set high standards for herself. She’s probably a little disappointed, but in the big picture, she’s still progressing all of the time. We’re pleased with Jess and how she’s done.”
Woodard ranks 13th among Americans and 29th in the world this indoor season, according to the IAAF list.
The 57-7 is an indoor PR for Woodard, who has thrown as far as 58-8 outdoors. Her previous indoor PR was 57-4 1/4, set at the J.D. Martin Invitational in Norman, Okla., in January.
Woodard’s mark is No. 3 in Oklahoma indoor history, behind Olympian Tia Brooks (63-0 3/4 in 2013) and Karen Shump (58-11 1/2 in 2011).
Woodard placed eighth at indoor nationals last year with a throw of 55-11. She was third at outdoor nationals this past spring with that 58-8 bomb.
She made the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, finishing tied for 11th.
Oklahoma is scheduled to open its outdoor season next weekend at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
The Sooners are scheduled to come to Philly for the Penn Relays at Franklin Field the final weekend of April. The women’s college shot put championship is generally one of the first events contested at Penn, with the final scheduled for Thursday morning.
Woodard is also a two-time top-three finisher in the discus at the Big 12 Conference championships. She has a PR of 177-10.