Former SIU standout Woods to be inducted into National Track and Field Hall of Fame

    Nov. 30, 2007

    INDIANAPOLIS - Former Southern Illinois track & field shot put standout George Woods will be inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame as a member of the 2007 class, announced by USA Track & Field on Tuesday.

    The Class of 2007 will be inducted Saturday evening, December 1, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USATF's 2007 Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Woods, who was a member of the SIU track team from 1963-1966, was a three-time Olympian. Woods won the silver medal twice and set six indoor world bests during his career.

    Known for his competitive nature and ability to throw well on the biggest stages, Woods was an accomplished and consistent performer throughout his career. A three-time Olympian, Woods won the silver medal in the men's shot put in 1968 and again in 1972, after winning the Olympic Trials both years. Woods, who won the USA indoor shot put title four times, set six world indoor records, with five of them coming in 1974.

    While at SIU, Woods was the 1966 NCAA indoor shot put champion. More than 30 years after achieving his personal best throw of 22.02 meters/72 feet 3 inches, Woods is still the No. 6 indoor performer in history. He was ranked top ten on six occasions by Track & Field News, and No. 1 in 1972.

    The 2007 inductees also include Calvin Smith, Jane Frederick, Glenn Morris and former UCLA coaching great Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake.

    "Induction into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame is the ultimate honor for our athletes and coaches, and these five special individuals richly deserve this recognition of their remarkable careers," said USATF President Bill Roe. "We look forward to honoring them in Honolulu as they take their well-earned place among the all-time greats of American track and field."