Coming off long jump PR at SEC meet, Winslow grad Cidaea’ Woods ready to compete for berth in NCAA Championships!!!!!

Winslow graduate Cidaea’ Woods, now a Tennessee sophomore, posted a long jump PR of 21-0 at the SEC Meet earlier this month in Columbia, S.C., earning her a berth in the NCAA Eastern Regional prelims this week in Lexington, Ky.

Woods improved her PR from 20-11 3/4 from last years SEC meet to 21-0 at this year’s meet.

Her mark is No. 24 in all of NCAA Division 1 and No. 13 in the East Regional. She’ll compete in the third of four flights starting at 7:15 p.m. on Friday. The top 12 advance to nationals in Eugene.

At Winslow, Woods had a PR of 19-9 1/4 from states her junior year, so she’s already added more than a foot to that.

Woods is ranked No. 24 among all U.S. women and No. 60 in the world.


Oklahoma frosh Woodard reaches NCAAs with HUGE discus PR!!!

Jessica Woodard couldn’t have picked a better time to turn in the best performance of her life.

Woodard, a 2013 Cherokee High graduate and currently a freshman at Oklahoma, threw the discus a personal-best 176-8 to place 11th at NCAA West Regionals and qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Woodard was seeded 28th with her previous PR of 173-0, set at the Rafer Johnson-Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational last month at UCLA.

The top 12 finishers from each of two regional meets this weekend advanced to the NCAA Championships June 10-13 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Woodard was sitting in 16th place after throwing 167-9 on her first attempt and was in 21st place after fouling on her second throw. But she powered her way into the top 12 on her third and final attempt.

She wound up qualifying by eight inches.

Woodard is now the No. 5-ranked freshman in NCAA Division 1, behind Katelyn Daniels of Michigan State (193-9), Maggie Ewen of Arizona State (186-8), Josie Natrasevschi of Brown (183-9) and Agnes Esser of Minnesota (178-5).

One other record Woodard broke Friday has stood for more than 26 years. That’s the Burlington County alumni record in the women’s discus.

On May 6, 1989, Pemberton graduate Lillian Rivera, competing for Texas Southern in the Southwestern Conference championships in Houston, threw 174-6. That stood as the best throw ever by a Burlington County native.

Until now.

Cherokee grad Woodard pops PR 173-0 in discus at UCLA meet!!!

Jess Woodard has a new discus PR on her resume. The 2013 Cherokee High graduate, now a freshman at Oklahoma, threw 173-0 at the Rafer Johnson-Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational Saturday at UCLA.

Woodard’s previous PR was 168-10, when she was fourth at the USATF Junior National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, in June 2013.

Woodard was competing against an international field of throwers. She was sixth overall but first among collegians.

Her series looked like this: Foul … 161-11 1/4 … 163-8 1/2 … 173-0 … Foul … Foul.

Woodard, a shot and discus Meet of Champions winner at Cherokee, is now the No. 5 freshman collegian in the country and ranked 29th overall in NCAA Division 1.

The University of Oklahoma doesn’t have a current track and field media guide on its web site. In fact, the most recent one is from 2010. But we took the all-time Sooners women’s discus list from 2009 and updated it, and it looks like Jess is already No. 4 in school history in the discus!

  • 186-1 … Brittany Borman (2010)
  • 182-9 … Karen Shump (2010)
  • 180-6 … Bambi Carson (2001)
  • 173-0 … Jess Woodard (2015)
  • 173-0 … Bailey Wagner (2012)
  • 173-6 … Alexandra Morgan (2014)
  • 167-1 … Jessica Longfors (2001)
  • 166-1 … Kelsey Poljansek (2011)
  • 164-7 … Jorunn Tangen (1983)
  • 170-2 … Kate Foster (2015)
  • 161-10 … Lauren Guerreri (2012)

Woodard is also closing in on the Burlington County alumni discus record set on May 6, 1989, by Pemberton graduate Lillian Rivera. She was competing for Texas Southern when she  threw 174-6 at the 1989 SEC meet in Houston.

Woodard also placed fourth in the hammer throw with a 175-5.

Full results of the meet are here: