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Orji wins 2018 Bowerman, track and field’s version of Heisman Trophy

Georgia track and field standout Keturah Orji has been awarded The Bowerman, which is given each year to the top male collegiate student-athlete and top female collegiate student-athlete in the sport of NCAA track and field.

This marks the award’s 10th year in existence. The honor is given each year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. While there have been four winners from the Southeastern Conference on the men’s side through 2017, Orji has become just the second winner from the SEC in 2018 for the women and first since 2012 (LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan). Orji was already the first three-time finalist in the history of The Bowerman for the women.

Orji, who also was named the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year, was 7-0 during her 2018 indoor and outdoor triple jump competitions, including setting American and collegiate indoor records (47 feet, 8 inches), a collegiate outdoor record (47-11.75) and capturing the SEC and NCAA indoor and outdoor titles in the event.