ATHEN, GA – Adaejah Hodge, a highly sought-after British Virgin Islands sprinter, has officially joined the University of Georgia’s track and field program, where she will train under renowned coach Caryl Smith Gilbert.
Hailing from Douglasville in Georgia, but based at Montverde Academy in Florida, Hodge explored several prestigious programs, including the University of Texas and LSU, before choosing to advance her athletic career in Athens under Smith Gilbert’s guidance.
At just 17-years-old, Hodge has already made a significant mark in sprinting.
She boasts national records for the British Virgin Islands with her personal bests of 11.11 seconds in the 100m and 22.60 seconds in the 200m, both achieved under legal wind conditions.
“Welcome to Athens, Adaejah Hodge!” – Georgia Track + Field posted on its official X account.
Hodge’s sprinting talent also extends to indoor events as well, where she set a World Junior and National High School indoor 200m record with a blistering time of 22.33 seconds at the New Balance Nationals Indoor in Brighton, MA, last March.
Throughout her career, Hodge has consistently delivered impressive performances, clocking 11.20 seconds or faster on seven occasions. She also holds an all-conditions personal best of 11.08 seconds, recorded with a +2.6 m/s wind in Montverde.
Hodge’s early talents have not gone unnoticed on the international stage.
After claiming three gold medals at the Carifta Games, including the U17 sprint double title and winning the Austin Sealey Award in 2022, while representing the British Virgin Islands, the teenage rising star advanced her talent on the senior stage.
She represented the BVI in the 200m at the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships in Hungary. There, she secured third place in her heat with a time of 22.82 seconds but finished seventh in the semifinals, clocking 22.96 seconds, won by former Texas Longhorns sprinter Julien Alfred of St. Lucia.
Joining the University of Georgia, Hodge will be in the company of some of the nation’s top collegiate sprinters, including Kaila Jackson, the NCAA Indoor Championships 60m silver medalist and fourth-place finisher in the 100m at the outdoor national championships.
Jackson holds personal bests of 11.04 seconds in the 100m and 22.65 seconds in the 200m, further elevating the competitive environment that Hodge will be part of.
Hodge also joins Montverde Academy teammate Michelle Smith, who committed to Georgia earlier this year.