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.