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Former UGA student-athlete named finalist for NCAA Woman of Year Award

Former UGA track and field standout ­Keturah Orji is one of the 30 finalists for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. 

A native of Mount Olive, New Jersey, Orji is one of 12 all-time finalists for the Bulldogs, including the first from track and field. UGA swimmers Lisa Coole (1997), Kristy Kowal (2000) and Kim Black (2001) each claimed NCAA Woman of the Year honors. 

The selection committee will announce the nine finalists in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named Oct. 28 at a ceremony in Indianapolis. 

Orji graduated in May with a degree in financial planning. A three-time U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Women’s Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she was named the Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year three times. Recently awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, Orji began studies for a graduate degree in sport management at UGA this fall.