Cherokee graduate Jessica Woodard took second in the NCAA women’s shot put with a PR of 61-3 1/2, which makes her one of the top 10 collegiate women EVER.
This is the SIXTH time Woodard has earned All-America status during her brilliant career at Oklahoma. She earned All-America honors with a top-eight finish in six straight NCAA Championship meets, indoors and outdoors.
She’s already graduated and is competing this year as a post-graduate senior. She’ll finish her career Saturday, when she competes in the discus. That starts at 6:05 p.m. EST.
Woodard finished second to one of the world’s top throwers, Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen, who is ranked No. 4 in the world at 63-10. The second-place finish is Woodard’s best ever at an NCAA Championships.
Woodard broke her PR of 60-0 1/4 set at last year’s Big 12 Conference Championships in Lawrence, Kans.
Her 61-3 1/2 moves her into the No. 14 spot in the world, according to the IAAF 2018 international performance list
It’s also No. 10 all-time among U.S. collegians, according to the USTFCCCA all-time list.
Woodard threw 56-10, foul and 55-11 3/4 in the trials and was sitting in fourth going into the finals. She moved into second with a 58-8 and stayed there with her 61-3 1/2 and a final-throw 54-10 3/4.
Ewen, the collegiate record holder, had the two-best throws of the competition with a 61-5 3/4 and a 62-10 3/4 on her first two throws. Ewen is also the collegiate record holder in the hammer throw but fouled out at Regionals and didn’t get a legal mark.
Edward came within about a foot of the Oklahoma school record of 62-2 1/2, set by Tia Brooks at the 2013 NCAA West Regionals in Austin. Brooks is the No. 5 woman in U.S. collegiate track history.
UCLA freshman Alyssa Wilson gave New Jersey two of the top five finishers. Wilson, a graduate of Donovan Catholic in Toms River, took fifth with a personal-best 56-5 3/4. She was fourth earlier in the day in the hammer throw at 219-9, also a PR.
This is the second time in two days a former South Jersey shot put star finished a close second at the NCAA Track Championships. On Wednesday, Delsea graduate Josh Awotunde finished second in the men’s shot.
Here is a look at Woodard’s six career All-America performances:
2018 Outdoors – 2nd, 61-3 1/2
2018 Indoors – 3rd, 57-0
2017 Outdoors – 8th, 56-6
2017 Indoors – 5th, 57-6 3/4
2016 Outdoors – 3rd, 58-8
2016 Indoors – 8th, 55-10 3/4