FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The University at Buffalo's Kristy Woodsfinished 13th among 19 entrants in the women's shot put competition at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randall Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas.
Woods finished with a best toss of 52-8.50 (16.07m) to place 13th in the 19-thrower field. The throw was in the first of three rounds and ranked fourth among all first round attempts. In her second attempt, Woods had a toss of 52-0.50 (15.86m) and her third round toss was measured at 52-4 (15.95m).
The nine best throwers advanced to the finals as Woods' top attempt was 10.25 inches or 26 centimeters shy of the ninth-place thrower. Head coach Vicki Mitchell said "Coach [Jim] Garnham [throws coach] and I are super proud and very pleased with how well she did."
Woods is the second UB shot putter to compete at the National Championships since 2007. In the 2007 meet, Sarah Vance placed 15th overall with a throw of 49-3 (15.01m). Woods, who broke Vance's UB record earlier in the season, bettered the distance on Saturday by more than 3.5 feet.
"Kristy's intensity and focus is amazing," said Mitchell. "She's cool under pressure."
Florida's Mariam Kevkhishvilli won the national title with a throw of 60-11.75 (18.59m).