Cherokee graduate Jess Woodard, now a junior three-time All-America at Oklahoma, shattered the 60-foot barrier in the shot put for the first time and won the Big 12 Conference title by more than three feet.
Woodard set a facility record of 60-3 at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kans. Her previous season best was 55-11 when she won the Penn Relays last month. Her previous PR was 58-7 3/4 when she placed third at NCAA nationals in Eugene last June.
Woodard moved up to the No. 3 spot in NCAA Division 1
Woodard threw 53-8 3/4 on her first throw and uncorked the 60-3 bomb on her second to essentially lock up the title. She followed with throws of 57-4 1/2 – also good enough to win the title – and 54-5 3/4 before fouling on her last two attempts.
With the bomb, Woodard moved up to the No. 11 spot on the 2017 IAAF world list and No. 6 American woman.
Her mark is also probably somewhere in the all-time top-25 among college women, but that’s going to take some research because nobody maintains all-time college lists beyond the top 10. But I’ll get right on it!