The University of Arkansas is well known for their track program, but this year they will receive
even more recognition as two-time Paralympian, Hunter Woodhall, is set to run for the Hogs.
Woodhall was born with fibular hemimelia, which caused his lower legs to never form.
This eventually led to the amputation of his legs below the knee at 11 months. Growing up,
Hunter had many hobbies which included football, basketball, baseball, and much more.
While he was in Junior High he wanted to fit in, which led him more into running with his two
friends. Little did he know this start would propel him to amazing feats.
In 2015 Hunter won the 400 meter silver and 200 meter bronze at the World Championships in Qatar.
In 2016 Woodhall made it to Rio, where he competed in the Paralympics. Hunter was the youngest in his
field but that did not stop him from grabbing two medals. Hunter won the silver medal in the 200
meter and a bronze in the 400 meter.
Woodhall then broke the Utah 400 meter state record with a blazing time of 46.56 seconds. Hunter
finished his running career in Utah with five State Championships.
Two weeks after breaking the state record, Hunter was ready to announce what college he would be attending.
Along with the University of Arkansas he received offers from Oregon, BYU, UCLA, UNC, and
Long Beach State. On decision day Hunter ended up putting on the Hog hat announcing his commitment to the University of Arkansas.
When asking Hunter why he chose the Razorbacks he stated “Arkansas’ reputation in track and
field is second to none.” Hunter committing to run at Arkansas is not only huge for the Razorbacks,
it’s huge for all amputees that have the dream of playing sports. Hunter is the very first double
amputee to ever earn an NCAA Division One scholarship.
This year Hunter states that he is “really focused on winning an NCAA National Championship.” Along with this he hopes to break the 4x4 national record and make the national team. Right now all athletes are running indoors, which is a big change for Woodhall.
Hunter states that it’s a “totally different sport”.
While in Utah he only ran on two banked tracks. Woodhall finished eighth out of 15 in his first ever
race with the Razorbacks.
He posted a 49.21 time in the 400 meter dash. Woodhall was also scheduled to run the 4x4 Relay,
but his team did not finish after one athlete received an injury.
Woodhall has a very bright future ahead of him, and even though he has two prosthetic legs he
wants everyone to know that he is “just like any other athlete.”