Barlow senior track and field athlete Danelle Woodcock has four state championships to her name. Yet, you wouldn’t know it talking to her.
“She has big goals, but she’ll say ‘I want all three of us to make it to state in the 100 (meters),'” Barlow head coach Scott Jones said. “It’s not me first for her, it’s we first.”
Woodcock vied to accomplish a rare feat on Wednesday night at the Mt. Hood Conference district meet. Qualify for 16 state events in her high school career.
“She’s set marks that are going to be tough to touch,” Jones said.
Woodcock’s success has been no accident. There have been no shortcuts and she has put in more than her fair share of hard work.
“She never misses a practice, leads every work out and does extra work in the weight room,” Jones said. “Everything you would want in someone, she has.”
The type of work ethic Woodcock embodies does not go unnoticed by her teammates, who Jones says view her as a role model and leader of the team.
“I don’t know if there were any ballots that didn’t vote her for team captain,” he said. “She’s the definition of a leader.”
Woodstock takes on the leadership role with pride. The senior, who will compete at Mt. Hood Community College next year, knows all eyes are on her.
“I just try to show them that the hard work you put in always pays off,” Woodcock said. “Keep pushing them to do the work outs every day.”
Woodcock’s resume is beyond impressive. She’s the first girl in school history to break the 12-second mark in the 100-meter. She could become the first girl in Barlow history to break 25 seconds in the 200-meter. Yet, when asked about how she felt about her possible state races following Thursday night’s 4 x 100 meter relay victory, Woodcock quickly shifted the focus.
“Our whole team is really prepared for state,” she said. “We’re always trying to get more and more points at state.”
Woodcock won the 100-meter dash in 2013 and the long jump in 2014. She’s been part of Barlow’s 4 x 100 meter relay team that has been state champions the last two years.
Going into Wednesday, Woodcock has the fastest 6A times in the 100-meter, 200-meter, the second longest long jump and Barlow’s 4 x 100-meter relay team has the fastest time in the state. She’ll compete in all four events at the state meet May 22-23 in Eugene.
To say Woodcock could double her state championship total in Eugene this year would not be hyperbole.
“That just doesn’t happen,” Jones said. “She’s a once in a generation athlete.”
However, the title that Woodcock was noticeably most excited about was the possibility of winning a team state championship.
“It would be amazing,” she said. “With the big crowd and going up against really good competitors. It would be super exciting.”
Barlow finished second as a team in 2013 and were fourth last year. Jones says this year’s team, which defeated defending champion Central Catholic on Wednesday, has more depth.
“You can’t win state with just one person,” Jones said. “Danelle is going to need her teammates.”
A sentiment Woodcock obviously shares.
Click here for full results from the Mt. Hood Conference district meet.