Cherokee graduate Jessica Woodard uncorked the second-best shot put throw of her life and her best in three years Sunday and recorded an Olympic-qualifying mark along the way.
The Olympic qualifying standard is 60-8 1/4. That means if she finishes in the top three at next month’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., she’ll earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Woodard got off five legal throws, including two over 60 feet and one just a few inches shy of 60 feet.
She opened with a 56-1 3/4 then hit her 60-9 1/2 on her second throw. After a foul, she closed with 57-8 1/4, 59-7 and 60-7 1/4.
She averaged 58-11 1/2 on her five legal throws.
Woodard ranks 25th in U.S. history with her PR of 61-3 1/2 from 2018