It’s hard to believe there’s something that Jessica Woodard hadn’t accomplished, but her indoor Big 12 Conference title this weekend in the shot put was indeed her first.
Woodard placed third as a freshman with a 51-4 1/2, third as a sophomore with a 55-7 and second last year with a 54-4. This time, Woodard won easily, throwing 57-3 1/4 to win the conference title at the Leid Rec Center on the Iowa State campus in Ames, Iowa.
Woodard didn’t have the most consistent series but she was plenty good enough to win. She opened with a 51-9 1/2, then fouled, then threw 54-1 1/2. In the finals, she popped her winning throw first, then followed it with a foul and a 54-11 3/4, which would have been good enough to win as well.
Texas sophomore Elena Bruckner took second with a throw of 54-4 3/4.
Woodard threw within about five inches of her season best and lifetime indoor PR of 57-8, which she threw one weekend earlier in Fayetteville, Ark. Her outdoor PR is 60-3, set last year at the outdoor Big 12 meet in Lawrence, Kans., when she won her previous Big 12 title.
Woodard also placed fourth in the weight throw with a lifetime-best 63-10.
Woodard is a four-time NCAA All-America in the shot and has also thrown the discus 185-9.
She’s currently ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division 1, No. 6 among U.S. collegians, No. 11 among American women and No. 23 in the world.
Woodard is off to the NCAAs March 9-10 at the Rhonda and Frosty Gilliam Jr. ’80 Indoor Track Stadium on the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas. The women’s shot put is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. EST that Friday, March 9.