Bulldog sophomore Keturah Orji has been named the Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as the SEC Field Athlete of the Year on the women’s side for the outdoor season, according to a league announcement on Wednesday.
Orji, a Mount Olive, N.J., native adds these SEC honors to three others she has received during her career. She swept the SEC Women’s Freshman Field Athlete of the Year indoors and outdoors in 2015 and was the SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year indoors this year as well.
Orji has a 3.95 GPA in Financial Planning and is part of the UGA Athletic Association’s Student Athlete Leadership Academy (L.E.A.D.). Orji, who was named the 2015 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Outdoor Women’s Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has been a Presidential Scholar and on the Dean’s List at UGA.
On the track, Orji has been nothing short of perfect in the triple jump this season. She set a collegiate record on her first attempt at the NCAA East Prelims this past weekend to qualify for the coming NCAA Championships (Eugene, Ore., June 8-11). Her winning mark of 46 feet, 10 3Ž4 inches gives her the first, sixth and seventh-best jumps in collegiate history. In addition, Orji won the long jump at the East Prelims and will also compete at Nationals in this event.
Orji won her fourth consecutive SEC triple jump title (indoor/outdoor) in mid-May with a meet, school and facility record try of 47-10.75, which matched the collegiate all-time best wind-aided jump since she had a 2.9 meter/second tailwind (2.0 or under is legal). Over her two years, she has won 15 out of 16 triple jump competitions and her only loss was a runner-up finish as a true freshman at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships.