Oklahoma junior Jessica Woodard, who threw a personal-best 185-10 to qualify for the NCAA championships in the discus on Friday, advanced to nationals in a second event Saturday when she placed fourth in the shot with a 56-8 3/4 at the Western Regional preliminaries at the University of Texas in Austin.
Woodard, the only woman in the U.S. who’s thrown 60 feet in the shot and 185 in the disc this year, had a series of 52-7 1/4 / 56-8 3/4 / 55-7. The top 12 throwers advanced to the NCAA Championships next month in Eugene, Ore.
Woodard, a native of Marlton and graduate of Cherokee High School, was one of only two women to qualify in both the shot and discus out of the Western Regional. Maggie Eden of Arizona State was second in the shot and fourth in the discus.
From the East, Emmanie Henderson of Louisville, Dannielle Thomas of Kent State and Janeah Stewart of Mississippi qualified for both throws.