Georgia sophomore Keturah Orji topped her own school and collegiate records and set the American record in the triple jump to win her third consecutive national triple jump title at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday.
Orji (pronounced OR-g, like the letter ‘g’), a native of Mount Olive, N.J., sailed 47 feet, 8 inches with a wind-legal 1.2 meters/second on her fifth of six jumps in the triple jump. This topped her own collegiate of 46-10.75 set at the NCAA East Prelims in late May. Her effort on Saturday also passed Nike’s Tiombe Hurd’s American record of 47-5 set in 2004.
Orji is now 8-0 through two collegiate outdoor seasons in the triple jump. She has won the last three NCAA titles after sweeping the indoor and outdoor championships this year and also capturing the collegiate championship at the 2015 meet in Eugene.
This marks the second NCAA title for the Lady Bulldogs on the weekend after senior Chanice Porter won the national long jump crown on her final collegiate attempt on Thursday with a school record effort of her own.