Aliyah Whisby Named SEC Field Athlete of the Week

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Aliyah Whisby Named SEC Field Athlete of the Week

Georgia's Aliyah Whisby during the Torrin Lawrence Memorial track meet in Athens, Ga., on Friday, Apr. 26, 2019. (Photo by Kristin M. Bradshaw)
Georgia’s Aliyah Whisby during the Torrin Lawrence Memorial track meet in Athens, Ga., on Friday, Apr. 26, 2019. (Photo by Kristin M. Bradshaw)

Georgia track and field sophomore Aliyah Whisby has been named the Southeastern Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week following her performance at the Torrin Lawrence Memorial, according to a league announcement.

This honor marks the seventh weekly accolade the Bulldogs have garnered during the outdoor season.  Whisby has now earned three SEC weekly awards in 2019, including one during the indoor campaign.  This week, Whisby split the honor with Alabama’s Portious Warren.

Whisby, a native of Newnan, Ga., opened with an effort of 22 feet, 2 ¼ inches in the long jump, which gave her the lead in the competition, improved her national lead, moved her to No. 2 on the all-time UGA list and put her at fourth on the 2019 world list at the end of the day.  She ended up finishing second overall behind unattached Chantel Malone, who took control of the world lead with a fifth attempt of 22-7.75.  Whisby had another legal mark of 21-4-.75 on her second try before passing on her final four jumps during her first outdoor season with the Lady Bulldogs.

Georgia travels to Fayetteville, Ark., for the SEC Championships next week.  The meet runs from May 9-11 to start the teams’ postseason.

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