ATHENS — Georgia was unable to run down the NCAA team title that has proven so elusive, but the Bulldogs did score their best finish ever in the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The women’s track team finished second as the host Oregon Ducks came from behind to steal the championship in the last event of the meet. It came down to the 4×400-meter relay. If Oregon won, it won the national championship and the coveted triple crown (titles in cross country and in indoor/outdoor seasons). If the Ducks didn’t, Georgia would claim its first-ever title.
The Ducks did it.
The Bulldogs already had a memorable day before the final event. Led by jumper Keturah Orji, Georgia broke the all-time meet record for points in just field events. With a jump of 46 feet-10¾ inches, Orji won her third straight triple-jump title.
Georgia track is in its second year of leadership under coach Petros Kyprianou.
UGA finishes the academic year without a team championship in any sport.