Georgia’s women’s track and field team brought home a final piece of hardware for the indoor season yesterday, as Keturah Orji received the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association 2017 Women’s Indoor National Field Athlete of the Year award.
Orji shared the honor with Ole Miss junior thrower Raven Saunders.
The Mount Olive, New Jersey, native has now won back-to-back National Field Athlete of the Year awards beginning with the 2016 outdoor season. This achievement puts an end to Kendell Williams’ streak of three straight indoor seasons being crowned National Field Athlete of the Year.
After a fourth-place finish in Rio for the 2016 Olympics, Orji followed that up by securing her fifth Southeastern Conference triple jump title and fourth career NCAA triple jump title.
While competing in the SEC Championships in Nashville, Tennessee, Orji posted a team-high 16 points on her way to winning her third straight conference indoor triple jump title.
Orji continued her dominance two weeks later at the NCAA indoor championships, securing her second straight indoor championship. She now holds a 20-1 record while competing in collegiate triple jump competitions.
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