CHEROKEE’S JESSICA WOODARD GETS OLYMPIC STANDARD WITH #13 SHOT PUT THROW IN THE WORLD THIS YEAR!!!!!

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.

Woodard threw 60-9 1/2 to place fifth in a field of Olympic hopefuls at the USATF Golden Games at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.

Woodard moved into the No. 13 spot on the 2021 IAAF world list and her throw is No. 6 this year among U.S. women.

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

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