Woodson Cruises to National Championship

Woodson Cruises to National Championship

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Courtesy Sports Information Desk

MANKATO, MINNESOTA – Jonathan Woodson (Missouri City/Marshall HS) blew past the competition on Saturday night at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championship meet winning the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.37.

The Texas A&M-Kingsville junior entered the meet as the fifth seed, but quickly made his intentions known by posting the fastest time in the preliminary heats on Friday night.  In the finals, he ran in the third of three heats knowing that he needed to run faster than the 21.52 that UMass-Lowell’s Evan White had run in the first heat.

In his heat, Woodson quickly made up the stagger on Josh Edmonds of St. Augustine’s and pushed through to his national championship finish.

Woodson finished seventh in the same event a year ago, but went through the 2012 indoor campaign without being defeated in the 200 meters.  He was joined on the podium by teammate Tim Price (Corpus Christi/Carroll HS) who won his heat in 21.62 and grabbed fourth place honors.

The only other Javelina competing at the meet was sophomore C.J. Griggs (Cedar Lane/Van Vleck HS).  Griggs took home fifth place honors in the triple jump with a best mark of 49-1.  It was a return trip for him to the medal stand from two years ago when he also earned All-America honors in the triple jump.

Woodson is the first national champion for the Javelinas since 2005 when Lashawndra Ratcliff won the women’s indoor 60-meter dash the Carlton Williams, Brandon Brisco, Erroll Harris and Shannon Washington combined to win the men’s indoor 1600-meter relay.

This is the fifth All-America citation that Woodson has received in his track & field career.  He has also been named to a pair of football first team All-America squads.  Price grabbed his second All-America award and it was the third for Griggs.

The Javelinas earned 19 points as a team, the most in school history at the men’s national championships.