Make it double! Ebonee Nation secures SCAC track honors
After exclusive voting by the head coaches of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), the league office announced its 2023 Women's Outdoor Track & Field postseason awards, and the University of St. Thomas-Houston made its mark.
Kierra Francois of Trinity University received Field Athlete-of-the-Year honors, while Ebonee Nation of UST was selected as the Women's Track Athlete-of-the-Year.
Rounding out the balloting, Nation was also tabbed as the Women's Newcomer-of-the-Year while the Trinity coaching staff earned Women's Staff-of-the-Year honors.
The all-conference team is determined by performance at the conference championship meet where the top three finishers in each event are recognized as All-SCAC. Complete All-SCAC Women's Track & Field Team
Nation, a first-year student athlete from Corpus Christi, Texas, scored 20.5 points at the SCAC Championships by winning the 100-meter hurdles (15.03), finishing third in the 100-meters (12.55) and taking seventh in the long jump (15'8.25"), while also running a leg on the winning 4x100 meter relay team (48.44). Her win in the 100-meter hurdles marked the first SCAC title in the event in program history. Nation's top times this year in both the 100-meter hurdles (14.98) and 100-meters (12.50) ranked as the eighth and 21st best times, respectively, in the West Region.
"Ebonee has worked hard all season and for her to win this award shows what type of athlete she is," Track Coach Jarrick Wright said. “She represents the standard of what we want to build at UST."
A two-time SCAC Track Athlete-of-the-Week during the 2023 outdoor season, Nation is the first UST athlete to earn both SCAC Track Athlete and Newcomer-of-the-Year honors. Also, she is the second athlete in SCAC history to win both Track Athlete and Newcomer-of-the-Year in the same year, joining Texas Lutheran's Jackie Mora who accomplished the feat in 2021.
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