Another trip to nationals, another trip to the podium for Jess Woodard.
Woodard, a fifth-year senior at Oklahoma, placed third in the shot put this weekend at the NCAA indoor track championships in College Station, Texas, with a throw of 57-0.
It’s her fifth All-America performance in her brilliant career at Oklahoma. She’s gone from eighth to fifth to third at indoor nationals the last three years and was third and eighth at outdoor nationals the last two years.
Woodard, a Cherokee High graduate, was less than 10 inches off her indoor PR of 57-8, which she set last month in Fayetteville.
Woodard was in seventh place until her fifth throw, when she uncorked a 56-10 3/4 to move up four spots. She solidified that with her 57-0 on her final throw.
She had opened with throws of 55-3 3/4 and 54-10 before fouling on her third throw of the trials and first throw of the finals.
Maggie Ewen of Arizona State won with a 60-8 and Emmonnie Henderson of Louisville was second at 58-3 3/4.
Woodard graduated last year and is competing as a fifth-year grad student. She has one more season of eligibility this spring and will compete in both the shot and discus for the Sooners outdoors.