Orji wins 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former Georgia Bulldogs track and field standout Keturah Orji has been named as the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year. This award has been given out since 1991.

The NCAA Woman of the Year recognizes graduating female student-athletes, who have distinguished themselves in athletics, academics, leadership, and community service. She is the fourth Bulldog to win the award in the past 28-years.

Former Georgia Bulldogs track & field star Keturah Orji winning the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year
Keturah Orji winning the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year (Photo by Timothy Nwachukwu/NCAA Photos)

While she is the fourth former Bulldog to win the award, she is the first to win it from the track and field program. The previous three were all swimmers.

Lisa Ann Coole won the award in 1997. Kristy Kowal won it in 2000 and Kimberly A. Black also won it in 2001.

Orji accepted the award on Sunday in Indianapolis at a banquet to honor the Top 30 honorees.

“It’s such an honor to be part of this group of talented, dedicated, intelligent, and caring women, and I want to congratulate them also,” she said. “The NCAA Woman of the Year Award is exceptional because it honors that we are more than remarkable athletes. … Today, I want to encourage everyone here — especially my fellow honorees — to continue raising the bar for future women and setting a high standard. We are all paving a path for the future.”

Orji was a captain on the Bulldogs track & field team. She also helped lead the team to the 2018 indoor track & field national championship.

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