Woodard Brings to a Close the T&F Season

Allison Weiss
By Allison Weiss
Student Assistant
JUNE 10, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. — Jess Woodard brought to a close the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field and the 2017 track and field season for the University of Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon in the discus.

After earning first team All-America honors in the shot put on Thursday with an eighth-place result, Woodard opened up the discus competition with her only legal mark of 168-2.  

She finished 17th in the competition, which matched her place in 2015.  However, this year's mark was an improvement as she threw 167-4 in 2015. 

Woodard was the lone Sooner to score in the championships for the women's team, earning one point.  

As a team, OU finished the four-day championship with three first team All-Americans in Dylan Blankenbaker (third - 3,000-meter steeplechase), Hayden McClain (fourth - triple jump), and Woodard (eighth - shot put). The women's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams earned second team All-America honors with their 13th- and ninth-place finishes, respectively.  

Also of note were the several Sooners who competed in their last events this weekend.  They include McClain, Blankenbaker, Everette FavorBaileh SimmsDaye Shon RobersonDaunicia Demerson and Payton Baker. They may be leaving Norman, but not before leaving their mark on OU and program history.

Demerson, Roberson and Baker leave with the third fastest time in school history in the 4x400. Roberson owns the school record in the 200-meter with 22.65 that she recorded in 2016. 

With his 8:31.17 in the steeplechase, Blankenbaker used his last race to cement his legacy with a school record. Favor is sixth in program history in the pole vault with his 17-11 that he cleared this year at the Big 12 meet. Simms is fifth in the long jump with her mark of 20-9.25, a mark she recorded this year as well. McClain holds the No. 3 ranking in the triple jump in school history with a jump of 53-9.

Woodard will return next year, as will Ama Pipi, Leya Buchanan and Amanda Van Buren, taking with them the experiences of the last four days.

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