BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Florida's Anders Eriksson, Mississippi State University's Nicolas Quijera and the University of Georgia's Keturah Orji have been named the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athletes of the Year by a vote of the league head coaches.
Eriksson holds a 3.79 grade point average in aerospace engineering, and he is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree and a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. He ranks third nationally in the hammer throw, boasting the fourth-best mark by an SEC hammer thrower since 2002. He broke his own school record and registered personal best by 1.82 meters (6 feet) earlier this year. Eriksson was a fifth-place finisher at 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the 2016 SEC champion and was named the 2016 SEC Outdoor Co-Freshman Field Athlete of the Year.
Quijera has a 3.89 grade point average in economics. He was named to the Bulldog Honor Roll and the President's list in all three semesters at MSU and was named to the SEC Honor Roll in his first year in the league last season. Quijera won the javelin at the Penn Relays (73.80m) and the Tennessee Relays (79.75m) earlier this year. His personal best at Tennessee made MSU the only school ever to have three men over 79.00m in their record books. Quijera is ranked No. 3 nationally in the javelin this season and was the 2017 NCAA runner-up.
Orji graduated with a 3.97 grade point average in financial planning. She was the Georgia female nominee for the SEC Boyd-McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship and a 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-American. Orji was also the USTFCCCA National Women's Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year (indoor 2017, outdoor 2015, 2017) and was previously a two-time SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She is the collegiate/American record holder in the triple jump and a three-time USTFCCCA National Women's Field Athlete of the Year.
The SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships will take place Friday-Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn.
2018 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards
Men's Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Anders Eriksson, Florida
Men's Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nicolas Quijera, Mississippi State
Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Keturah Orji, Georgia