Georgia senior Chanice Porter soared to a school record and the NCAA long jump title on the last attempt of her career to highlight the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday.
Porter, a native of Prattville, Jamaica, snatched the lead away from the national leader, Alabama’s Quanesha Burks, on her sixth and final attempt. Porter’s long jump crown is the 16th NCAA outdoor title for the Georgia women in history and first in the event since 2008 Olympic silver medalist Hyleas Fountain won in 2004.
Porter was joined on the podium by sophomore Keturah Orji, who earned her second First Team All-America certificate in the outdoor long jump with a sixth-place finish. The collegiate record holder in the triple jump now prepares to defend her national title in her featured event on Saturday.
The Lady Bulldogs are in third place with 13 points following the meet’s second day. Arkansas (26) has jumped out to a commanding lead while Texas A&M (16) is in second.
On the men’s side, senior Maicel Uibo finished in the top six in the decathlon for the fourth consecutive year for the Bulldogs with a third-place finish to score six points. The two-time NCAA champion was joined in the scoring column by his sophomore teammate and fellow Estonia native Karl Saluri, who earned his first expected First Team All-America certificate in the decathlon finishing seventh.
The Bulldog men are currently tied for 13th with eight points. Oregon (19) leads with Texas A&M (18) in second. Georgia does not have anymore scoring opportunities for the men.