Track & Field: Keturah Orji Sets Collegiate Record in Triple Jump

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Track & Field: Keturah Orji Sets Collegiate Record in Triple Jump

UGA track & Field – Keturah Orji
Keturah Orji
Photo by John Kelley

Bulldog sophomore Keturah Orji set the collegiate record in the triple jump on her first attempt at the NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday evening.
Orji, a native of Mount Olive, N.J., traveled 46 feet, 10 ¾ inches with a legal 1.7 wind to open the competition and soared past the collegiate record of 46-9 set by Florida State’s Kim Williams in 2011.
Orji, who matched the all-time, all-conditions collegiate record with a windy attempt (2.1 meters/second or better) of 47-10.75 to win the Southeastern Conference Championships two weeks ago, now owns the NCAA record as well as the sixth- and seventh-best wind-legal jumps in collegiate history.
Redshirt freshman Aliyah Johnson made the triple jump extra sweet for the Lady Bulldogs with a personal-best third attempt that clinched her spot at the coming NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 8-11.
Also on Saturday, senior Ashinia Miller (a personal best 65-8.25) finished third in the shot put and true freshman Denzel Comenentia (61-7) took seventh to both qualify for the NCAA Championships. Georgia now has 14 NCAA qualifiers so far.

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.