Cherokee’s Jess Woodard places 7th in shot put at U.S. Olympic Track Trials!

Jessica Woodard placed seventh in the shot put late Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic Track Trials.

Woodard’s best throw went 59-0, well short of her PR of 62-3 1/2, which she threw last month in Tucson.

With a top-three finish, Woodard would have made the U.S. Olympic team headed for Tokyo next month, but she fell about three feet short.

It was a disappointing finish for Woodard, who earlier in the day threw 60-3 1/4 on her only attempt in the qualifying round, which does not carry over to the finals. That wound up being her best throw of the day.

In the finals, she opened with throws of 57-0 3/4 and 58-8 3/4 and then fouled. She was the eighth and final qualifier to reach the second round of the finals, earning her three more throws. 

As the last qualifier, Woodard threw first in the second round of the finals, and she improved slightly to 59-0 on her first throw, moving her into seventh place. She finished with a 58-6 and then a foul on her final attempt.

Woodard had thrown at least 60 feet in her last six meets and seven of eight this year. 

This is the fourth consecutive top-10 finish at nationals for Woodard, who placed 8th in 2017, 9th in 2018 and 6th in 2019. The meet was not held last year.

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