June 7, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Senior Ben Woodruff concluded his prestigious two-year career at Long Beach State with a 19th-place showing in the men's javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday afternoon at Drake Stadium.
Woodruff's best throw of the day was on his first attempt that went 67.52m (221-10). His placing at the NCAA Championships earned him honorable mention All-America recognition.
Woodruff was unable to advance out of his flight as only the top nine performers moved on to the finals where they each had three more attempts.
Woodruff, who started competing in the javelin in 2010, had a remarkable senior season. The Redondo Beach native claimed his second consecutive Big West title in the javelin and was named the 2012 Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year.
Woodruff was also selected as the Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week three times as he won five of the eight meets in which he competed. His best performance of the season came at the Big West Challenge where he established a school and conference record 243-02. Woodruff's top mark also meets the Olympic Trials "B" standard.
Woodruff was making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships. He punched his ticket to the national meet after finishing seventh at the West Preliminaries.
Long Beach State continues action at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday, June 8. Senior Katrina Graves-Johnson will represent the 49er women in the high jump beginning at 2:30 p.m. (PT).
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