Ebwea-Bile Excel Named National Athlete of the Week
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky track and field senior Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile Excel was named National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday.
Ebwea-Bile Excel had all four of the top triple jump marks in the nation so far in her season-opener at the Hoosier Open last Friday.
Her winning mark of 45’2.5″/13.78m smashed the facility record she set last December.
Ebwea-Bile Excel’s top mark came on her first attempt of the meet and won the event by more than two feet. That mark was half and inch off her indoor personal best.
Ebwea-Bile Excel is a two-time NCAA medalist and two-time Southeastern Conference medalist in the triple jump.
Kentucky has had a woman honored as National Athlete of the Week during the December portion of the indoor season four years in a row (Sydney McLaughlin and Olivia Gruver were honored in 2018, while Sha’Keela Saunders received accolades in both 2016 and 2017).