Georgia junior Keturah Orji has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Women’s Athlete of the Week as well as the SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week following her performance at the Clemson Invitational over the weekend.
This marks the first USTFCCCA national award for the Bulldogs since true freshman sprinter Lynna Irby earned the honor on Jan. 9. Orji has now garnered the national accolade four times in her career and the Georgia program as a whole has 10 of the awards since 2014.
Orji also earned the seventh indoor SEC Athlete of the Week honor of her career and first since Feb. 14, 2017.
A native of Mount Olive, N.J., Orji made her season debut in the triple jump and started her series with an American, collegiate and Bulldog record of 47 feet, 8 inches to win by more than three feet at the Clemson Invitational. This topped her own American/collegiate/UGA records of 46-11.75 set at last year’s SEC Indoor Championships.
Already boasting the country’s third-best long jump this year (21-2), Orji’s 2018 world-leading effort in the triple gives her six of the top-10 collegiate marks of all-time, including the top five.
Orji and her teammates will return to action at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Jan. 26-27.