Three Georgia track and field team members earned SEC honors this week following the Bulldogs’ meet at the Razorback Invitational. Junior Keturah Orji along with freshmen Darius Carbin and Louisa Grauvogel had outstanding performances.
Orji, a native of Mount Olive, N.J., was named the league’s Co-Women’s Field Athlete of the Week for the first time this season. Carbin, a native of San Jose, Calif., has garnered Men’s Freshman of the Week for the second time this season while Grauvogel, a native of Saarbrucken/Saarland, Germany, earned Women’s Freshman honors for the first time in her career.
These are the fifth, sixth and seventh SEC honors of the year for the Bulldogs. Carbin and Jessica Drop (3000 meters) swept the league’s Freshman of the Week honors on January 10 and senior Tatiana Gusin (high jump) was named the USTFCCCA National Women’s Athlete of the Week and the SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week on that same day. Last week, junior Mady Fagan (high jump) was named the Women’s Field Athlete of the Week by the conference.
Orji soared a personal-best distance of 21 feet, 9 inches in the long jump in Fayetteville, Ark., on her sixth and final attempt to help win and move to No. 2 on the SEC, NCAA and world lists. Opening with a 21-foot mark, Orji posted two personal records and had four jumps of 21 feet or better. Only six competitors nationwide have reached the 21-foot mark in 2017.
This drew Orji within a half-inch of the school indoor record (21-9.50), which was set by the 2016 NCAA outdoor champion, Chanice Porter, last year. Orji still owns the NCAA’s No. 1 triple jump mark at 45-9.25 by a foot and three inches.
Carbin reached 7 feet in the high jump for the third consecutive meet and won his second straight meet after clearing a collegiate career best of 7-3.25. He locked down this victory after posting third-attempt clearances at both 7-1 and 7-2.25 to overcome USC’s Randall Cunningham, who was the 2016 NCAA outdoor champion, and Florida’s Clayton Brown, who leads the NCAA at 7-4.50.
Carbin is currently tied for second nationally, is tied for 15th on the world list and is the second youngest in the top 15 worldwide.
Grauvogel competed in her first collegiate pentathlon and took over the No. 7 spot in the school’s record books with 3,956 points for fourth place (top freshman). Finishing in the top five in three of the five events, Grauvogel tallied the country’s 11th-best score this year (No. 5 in the SEC) and surpassed her high school career best by nearly 100 points.
Georgia trains through the weekend before traveling to the site of the SEC Championships, Nashville, Tenn., on February 10-11 for the Music City Challenge.