Running into Javelina history

Running into Javelina history

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He reached for the Harlon Hill (equivalent of Div. I Heisman Trophy) and gave his 6-5 football squad something to smile about, now Jonathan Woodson has quite literally run his way into Texas A&M Kingsville athletic history.
On March 10 Woodson brought home the national championship at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championship meet in Mankato, Minn., winning the 200-meter dash in a time of 21.37.
Woodson passed up the competition on day one easily taking the best time into the final heat and viewed that as an advantage over the rest.
“It was a great feeling, knowing that I had the fastest time going into the finals,” Woodson said, “ I believed in my training and knew I had more to give, so it was a burden off my shoulders, rather than being worried going into the last heat.
Woodson entered the meet as the fifth seed, but quickly made his splash by posting the fastest time in the preliminary heats on the first 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.
Woodson would eclipse the time White posted in the preliminary round and earn the national title.
The AMK Junior 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 who won his heat in 21.62 and grabbed fourth place honors.
Woodson also competes in outdoor track and field and has aspirations for the upcoming track season as well as on the football field come the Fall semester.
“I want to  win a conference title and also an outdoor national championship in my events,” Woodson said, “ I also would like to be able to say I was on the 6-5 team that went on to win it all the next year. 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.