Event: 400 Hurdles
PRs: 400mH 47.97 (1998)
Born: May 22, 1973, in Iowa City, Iowa
Current Residence: Cedar Falls, Iowa
High School: Iowa City, Ia 92
College: Northern Iowa 97
Coach: Chris Bucknam
Agent: Mark Wetmore
Career Highlights: 2003 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist; 6th, 1999 World Championships; 1999 World Championships gold medalist in 4x400m relay; 1997 NCAA Champion
Although he finished second in the 400m hurdles at the 2003 USA Outdoor Championships, Woody achieved the highest accomplishment of his career later in the summer in winning the silver medal at the World Outdoor Championships in Paris. Attributing his success to a greater emphasis on strength training, which made him stronger in the final 100 meters of his races, posted six of the top seven 400m hurdles times by an American in 2003. Though a 400m hurdles specialist, Woody made a special engagement with the 800 indoors in 2000, running a 1:49.34 split as lead-off leg on a world-record setting 4x800 relaywon gold medal in 4x400m relay at 1999 IAAF World Championships in Seville, Spain (ran 2nd leg of semifinal). Woody started running in fifth grade, in his elementary school track meethe won the high jump and 300 yard dash there: I thought I was going to be a high jumper, but I started running fasterwon 1997 NCAA 400m hurdles title with a then PR of 48.59was named Missouri Conference Track Athlete of the Year on three occasionstwo-time winner of 400m hurdles at Drake Relays, and named top male athlete at the event in 1994his father is a scratch golfer, trying to qualify for the senior PGAWoody earned his degree in public relations, and is currently in his third season as an assistant coach for Northern Iowas track teamfinished 3rd at 1998 Goodwill Gamesplaced 4th at 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials (48.83)married to Heather Sellers, a former 400m runner at Northern Iowaserved as meet director for the International Superstars Track & Field Invitational in 2000 and 2001. The event, featuring many of Americas finest track & field athletes, took place at the University of Northern Iowa UNI-Dome.
2005: 7th in semis at USA Outdoor Champs (49.96)...1st at Los Angeles
(49.51)...best of 49.51.
2004: 5th in semifinal at Olympic Trials (49.19)5th in 600m at adidas Boston Indoor Games (1:18.92)...4th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (48.88)1st in 600yd run at Verizon Millrose Games (1:11.27)1st at Mt. SAC (49.11)1st at Drake Relays (49.18)1st in Tucson (48.62)ranked #8 in U.S. by T&FNbest of 48.62.
2003: World Outdoor Champs silver medalist (48.18, U.S. Leader)runner-up at USA Outdoors (49.22)1st at Helsinki (48.43)1st at Drake Relays (48.52)4th at World Athletics Final (48.73)2nd at London (48.42)2nd at Zagreb (48.45)best of 48.18ranked #3 in the world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN.
2002: 2nd at USATF Outdoors (48.52)1st at Iowa City (48.99)1st at Athens GP (48.61)1st at USA vs. GB & RUS (49.14)4th at Grand Prix Final (48.24)2nd at Zagreb (48.59)1st at Padua (48.91)1st at Rieti (48.96)2nd at Yokohoma (48.91)ranked #5 in the world (#2 U.S.)best of 48.24.
2001: 6th at GMC Envoy USA Outdoor champs (49.35)ran 49.13 in Linz on August 202nd at Drake Relaysranked 6th in U.S. by T&FNbest of 49.03 June 22 in Indianapolis.
2000: Ran lead-off leg (1:49.34) of world-record-setting 4x800m indoor relay ... Combined with Karl Paranya, Rich Kenah and David Krummenacker to break the World Record. Their time of 7:13.94 beat the Soviet Unions 1971 record of 7:17.8...placed 4th at U.S. Olympic Trials (48.83)...ranked 4th in U.S. by T&FN...best of 48.72
1999: 2nd at USA Outdoors (48.61)... 6th at World Champs (48.77)...4x400m relay gold medalist (ran 2nd leg of semifinal)...best of 48.22.
1998: 3rd at USA Outdoors (47.97)...4th at Goodwill Games (48.59)... 6th in USA Indoor 400 (47.20; 46.47 heat)... 5th in World Cup (48.55)...ranked #8 in world (#4 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 47.97.
1997: Won NCAA (48.59 PR)... 3rd in USA Outdoors (48.18 PR)...5th in semi at World Champs (49.14)... 5th at World University Games (49.94)...won MVC in 400H (51.11) and 110H (13.72w); 2nd in 400 (46.46)... ranked #9 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN... best of 48.18.
1996: 7th in Olympic Trials (48.96)...ranked #8 U.S. by T&FN... best of 48.62, plus 1:47.75i (800).
1995: 7th in NCAA (50.50)... won 800 (1:51.86) at MVC Indoor...won MVC in 400H (50.55) and 110H (14.19)... best of 49.97, plus 1:49.56 (800).
1994: 5th in NCAA (50.52); 7th in 800 heat (2:05.27)...6th in heats (51.20) at USA Champs...won MVC in 400H (51.58) and 110H (14.09w), 2nd in 400 (47.28)... best of 50.42, plus 1:48.41 (800).
1993: Won MVC (50.88)...4th in heats (52.01) at NCAA... best of 50.76.
1992: Won Iowa High School MVP honors at the Drake Relays for winning 400mH (52.45), 4x400, and placing 2nd in HJ and 110mH...three weeks before state meet, he ruptured his spleen in a car accident, ending his season...his team won state title anyway... bests of 51.71 (LH), and 1:53.2.