2018 The Bowerman Winner Keturah Orji Makes History

Keturah Orji made history.

What else is new, right?

The 2018 women’s winner of The Bowerman became the first woman to win four consecutive U.S. outdoor titles in the triple jump when she topped the podium on the first day of the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Orji didn’t wait long to assert her dominance over the field as she recorded the winning mark of 14.56m (47-9¼) on her first attempt. That barely missed her meet record of 14.59m (47-10½), which she set last year.

Coming into the meet, Orji was tied with Shani Marks for the most consecutive U.S. outdoor titles won with three. Marks went back-to-back-to-back in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Come to think of it, 2008 was the last time the winning effort went farther than 47 feet before Orji bounded her way to the meet record 10 years later.

Orji isn’t a stranger to making history.

As a collegian, Orji became the first woman in NCAA DI history to win eight national titles in field events. Orji also is the current owner of the indoor and outdoor collegiate records in the triple jump and holds six of the top-10 marks in collegiate history outdoors.


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