Keturah Orji
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American triple jumper
Personal information
Born (1996-03-05) March 5, 1996 (age 26)
Hoboken, New Jersey
EducationMount Olive High School (2014)
University of Georgia
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5+12 in)[1]
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Triple jump
College teamGeorgia Bulldogs[1]
Turned pro2018

Keturah Orji (born March 5, 1996) is an American track and field athlete specializing in the triple jump.[2] She has set a new US triple jump record twice.

Early life

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey to Nigerian parents, Orji grew up in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey and graduated from Mount Olive High School in 2014.[3]

In 2010, Orji was a level 8 gymnast at Giant Gymnastics, Inc. in Hackettstown, New Jersey.[4] At the 2010 New Jersey state championships, she performed the All-Around (Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor). Orji wanted to become an Olympic gymnast as a youth.[5] Orji credits doing gymnastics when she was young for part of her early success. She won the 2013-2014 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association girls track and field Gatorade Player of the Year awards.[6] Orji defended her New Jersey Meet of Champions Triple jump crown, set a New Jersey state record with a 42-6 1/2 and improved on the Morris County long jump record of 20–2 in 2013.[7] She had a high school personal best triple jump of 44 feet 11 inches[8][9] She is a 2014 graduate of Mount Olive High School (New Jersey) in Flanders.[10]

NCAA

Orji placed second 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships triple jump and placed 13th in long jump. She won 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships triple jump setting an American junior record and placed 7th in long jump and was named the 2016 Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as the SEC Field Athlete of the Year.[11] In 2016, Orji placed won 2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships triple jump and placed 4th in long jump and was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year in 2015–2016.[12]

Orji won 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships triple jump and placed 6th in long jump. She won fan vote for 2015-2016 Bowerman Award, The Bowerman award is collegiate track & field's highest individual honor.[13]

In 2017, she won her fifth SEC Title as a champion in the triple jump 14.32 m (46 ft 11+34 in) at Vanderbilt University at the 2017 SEC Indoor track and field championships where she set SEC, college, NCAA Division I, and American records surpassing 1996 US Olympian and 10 time USATF national champion Sheila Hudson.[14] Orji also won the 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships triple jump title and placed 3rd in long jump. Orji won her sixth SEC Title as a champion in the triple jump 13.95 m (45 ft 9 in) at University of South Carolina at the 2017 SEC Outdoor track and field championships and placed 5th in long jump 6.44 m (21 ft 1+12 in) behind champion Quanesha Burks 6.82 m (22 ft 4+12 in).

She won 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships triple jump title and placed 2nd in long jump behind Georgia Lady Bulldogs teammate and champion Kate Hall. Orji was a 2017 Bowerman Award finalist.[15]

Orji won her seventh SEC Title as a champion in the triple jump 14.18 m (46 ft 6+14 in) at Texas A&M University at the 2018 SEC Indoor track and field championships and placed 2nd in long jump 6.53 m (21 ft 5 in) behind champion Kate Hall 6.64 m (21 ft 9+14 in).

Orji won 2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships triple jump title 14.27 m (46 ft 9+34 in) and placed 2nd in long jump 6.52 m (21 ft 4+12 in) behind champion Kate Hall 6.73 m (22 ft 34 in) ahead of Georgia Lady Bulldogs teammate Tara Davis. She won her ninth SEC Title triple jump and long jump championship titles jumping 14.62 m (47 ft 11+12 in) and 6.81 m (22 ft 4 in) respectively earning 20 points for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs in Knoxville, Tennessee where the Tennessee Volunteers hosted the 2018 SEC Outdoor track and field championships. Orji set a collegiate record in the triple jump in Knoxville.[16]

She also won the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships triple jump and long jump championship titles jumping 14.04 m (46 ft 34 in) and 6.67 m (21 ft 10+12 in) respectively earning 20 points for the Georgia Lady Bulldogs in Eugene, Oregon / University of Oregon where the Oregon Ducks hosted the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

In 2018, Orji become first woman to win eight NCAA titles in Field events.[17] Orji was named winner of The Bowerman for the 2018 track & field seasons.[18] She was the first three-time female finalist in award history.

Representing University of Georgia
Year SEC Indoor NCAA Indoor SEC Outdoor NCAA Outdoor
2018 Triple Jump 1st
14.18 m (46 ft 6+14 in)
Triple Jump 1st
14.27 m (46 ft 9+34 in)
Triple Jump 1st
14.62 m (47 ft 11+12 in)
Triple Jump 1st
14.04 m (46 ft 34 in)
Long Jump 2nd
6.53 m (21 ft 5 in)
Long Jump 2nd
6.52 m (21 ft 4+12 in)
Long Jump 1st
6.81 m (22 ft 4 in)
Long Jump 1st
6.67 m (21 ft 10+12 in)
2017 Triple Jump 1st
14.32 m (46 ft 11+34 in)
Triple Jump 1st
14.11 m (46 ft 3+12 in)
Triple Jump 1st
13.95 m (45 ft 9 in)
Triple Jump 1st
14.29 m (46 ft 10+12 in)
Long Jump 3rd
6.72 m (22 ft 12 in)
Long Jump 3rd
6.58 m (21 ft 7 in)
Long Jump 5th
6.44 m (21 ft 1+12 in)
Long Jump 2nd
6.71 m (22 ft 0 in)
2016 Triple Jump 1st
14.08 m (46 ft 2+14 in)
Triple Jump 1st
14.12 m (46 ft 3+34 in)
Triple Jump 1st
14.60 m (47 ft 10+34 in)
Triple Jump 1st
14.53 m (47 ft 8 in)
Long Jump 4th
6.51 m (21 ft 4+14 in)
Long Jump 4th
6.48 m (21 ft 3 in)
Long Jump 4th
6.48 m (21 ft 3 in)
Long Jump 6th
6.29 m (20 ft 7+12 in)
2015 Triple Jump 1st
13.72 m (45 ft 0 in)
Triple Jump 2nd
13.77 m (45 ft 2 in)
Triple Jump 1st
14.13 m (46 ft 4+14 in)
Triple Jump 1st
14.15 m (46 ft 5 in)
Long Jump 3rd
6.43 m (21 ft 1 in)
Long Jump 13th
6.00 m (19 ft 8 in)
Long Jump 3rd
6.61 m (21 ft 8 in)
Long Jump 7th
6.57 m (21 ft 6+12 in)

Professional career

Orji set the triple jump American Junior record at 14.15 m (46 ft 5 in) while winning the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She represented her country at the 2016 World Indoor Championships finishing fourth. She set the American record at 14.53 m (47 ft 8 in) while winning the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Orji joined Team USA teammate Andrea Geubelle as one of the two meeting 2016 Olympic Standard at 2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) and represented the  United States at Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics and in the fifth round the pair were joined by Christina Epps who jumped the 2016 Olympic Standard to form a trio for Rio.[19] Orji jumped 14.71 m (48 ft 3 in) (+0.0 m/s, Rio de Janeiro 2016) Video of record setting jump American Record since broken by Tori Franklin. At the 2016 Olympics, she triple jumped 14.71 m (48 ft 3 in) American record at Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's triple jump to place fourth.

Orji was recognized as one of three finalists for The Bowerman Award presented by USTFCCCA, the highest collegiate honor in track and field, December 16, 2016 on Friday night in Orlando after being honored by the Southeastern Conference outdoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Mount Olive Superintendent Larrie Reynolds presented Orji with a plaque on Monday night, at a meeting which also acknowledged all fall athletes in the district. She was also presented with a "key to the city" at a township council workshop meeting on Tuesday night.[20]

Injury forced Orji from competing in the 2017 World Championships in Athletics – Women's triple jump in London Stadium after qualifying at 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships where Orji triple jumped 14.26 m (46 ft 9+14 in) to win in 95 degree heat at Hornet Stadium (Sacramento). Orji was recognized as one of three finalists for The Bowerman Award presented by USTFCCCA in 2017.

Orji opened her final year by topping her own collegiate, NCAA Division 1 and American Indoor Records in the triple jump in 14.53 m (47 ft 8 in) at the Clemson Invitational on Saturday January 20, 2018.[21][22][23] She placed 5th in the triple jump in Birmingham at 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships after she jumped 14.31 m (46 ft 11+14 in).

Orji placed 2nd in the triple jump in London at 2018 Athletics World Cup after she jumped 14.60 m (47 ft 10+34 in).

Orji won 2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships where Orji triple jumped 14.59 m (47 ft 10+14 in) setting a US Championship triple jump record.[24][25][26]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2013 World Youth Championships Donetsk, Ukraine 2nd Long jump 6.39 m (20 ft 11+12 in)
3rd Triple jump 13.69 m (44 ft 10+34 in)
2014 World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 9th Triple jump 13.29 m (43 ft 7 in)
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 4th Triple jump 14.14 m (46 ft 4+12 in)
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th Triple jump 14.71 m (48 ft 3 in)
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 5th Triple jump 14.31 m (46 ft 11+14 in)
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 7th Triple jump 14.46 m (47 ft 5+14 in)
Pan American Games Lima, Peru 2nd Long jump 6.66 m (21 ft 10 in)
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 7th Triple jump 14.59 m (47 ft 10+14 in)
2022 World Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 7th Triple jump 14.42 m (47 ft 3+12 in)
World Championships Eugene, United States 6th Triple jump 14.49 m (47 ft 6+14 in)
NACAC Championships Freeport, Bahamas 2nd Triple jump 14.32 m (46 ft 11+34 in)

Personal bests

Outdoor

Indoor

References

  1. ^ a b University of Georgia team bio
  2. ^ Keturah Orji at World Athletics
  3. ^ Keturah Orji, United States Olympic Committee. Accessed August 9, 2016. "Birthplace: Hoboken, N.J.; Hometown: Mount Olive, N.J.; High School: Mount Olive High School (Mount Olive, N.J.) '14"
  4. ^ Keturah Orji, Giant Gymnastics, Inc, My Meet Scores. Accessed August 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "Day 7 - The Cool Down - U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field 2016 - Interview with Dan O brien and Paul Swangard". usatf.tv. July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "New Jersey Girls Track & Field AOY: Keturah Orji Mount Olive (Flanders, N.J.) senior Keturah Orji was named the Gatorade New Jersey Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year". highschoolsports.nj.com. June 19, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Keturah Orji of Mount Olive exceeded her own expectations". usatodayhss.com. June 30, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Mount Olive High graduate Keturah Orji results". athletic.net. June 24, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  9. ^ "Mount Olive High graduate Keturah Orji Personal Records 55m (in) - 7.13 100m - 12.07 200m - 24.67 300m (in) - 41.50 Long Jump (in) - 21-4.25 Long Jump - 21-9 Triple Jump (in) - 46-4.75 Triple Jump - 44-11". nj.milesplit.com. June 24, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  10. ^ "Mount Olive High graduate Keturah Orji smashes American Junior record in the triple jump with US #1 performance". highschoolsports.nj.com. January 24, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  11. ^ "wsbtv.com May 2016 coverage of spring sports in Georgia". wsbtv.com. May 16, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  12. ^ "KETURAH ORJI NAMED NATIONAL WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE YEAR". bulldawgillustrated.com. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  13. ^ "Lawson & Orji Win 2016 Fan Vote For The Bowerman Award". ustfccca.org. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  14. ^ "University of Georgia Bulldog track and field announces Orji's jump of 14.32 meters". Twitter. February 25, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  15. ^ "Keturah Orji - USTFCCCA" (PDF). USTFCCCA. December 20, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  16. ^ "Another Collegiate TJ Record For Keturah Orji". Track and Field News. May 20, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  17. ^ "Georgia's Keturah Orji becomes first woman to win 8 NCAA titles in field events". LetsRun.com. June 24, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  18. ^ "Keturah Orji Wins The Bowerman in 2018 ::: The Bowerman: The Nation's Top Award for Collegiate Track & Field Athletes". The Bowerman. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  19. ^ "2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field". usatf.org. July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  20. ^ Olympian Orji finally honored in Mount Olive Jane Havsy of Daily Record. December 20, 2016.
  21. ^ "ORJI SETS COLLEGIATE, AMERICAN RECORDS AT CLEMSON INVITE". georgiadogs.com. January 20, 2018. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  22. ^ "Orji came into today with the #NCAA's 3rd-best LJ in '18. She will end the day with an American/NCAA/UGA record in TJ. Take note.....@USTFCCCA @thebowerman". Georgia Track&Field. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  23. ^ "Keturah Orji breaks her own American record in the triple jump". DyeStat.com. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  24. ^ "Keturah Orji sets meet record to win triple jump duel at USATF Outdoors". ESPN.com. June 24, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  25. ^ "Athletics: Keturah Orji sets meet record in the triple jump at USATF Outdoors". The Malta Independent. www.independent.com.mt. June 22, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  26. ^ "Orji follows fourth NCAA Division 1 title with U.S. three-peat, victory over world leader and American record holder Franklin". DyeStat.com. June 24, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  27. ^ "Keturah Orji at University of Georgia". Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS). Retrieved January 21, 2018.
Awards Preceded byRaevyn Rogers The Bowerman (women's winner) 2018 Succeeded byincumbent