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Men's T&F star Ekpo gets Academic All-America

June 19, 2012

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Eyo Ekpo was voted a first-team Capital One Academic All-America honoree for 2011-12. (Mike Ekern photo)

Four-time Tommie All-America jumper Eyo Ekpo is one of 15 athletes voted to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America team for 2011-12 men's track and field/cross country.

Ekpo, a junior from Andover, Minn., has a 3.69 grade-point average in Business Entrepreneurship. He's the lone MIAC male track and field or CC athlete to be recognized for this elite honor in 2011-12.

Epo become the fourth St. Thomas student-athlete honored in 2011-12 as a Capital One Academic All-American. He joins Dan Chapman and Fritz Waldvogel from football and Ashley Maher from volleyball. St. Thomas athletes have received the elite honor 49 times in the last 10 years.

Last March, Ekpo was the NCAA runner-up in the indoor national meet in the triple jump and also placed fourth in the high jump to help UST take fifth in the team race. He was hampered by injuries in the outdoor season. He had a career-best 6-10 3-4 high jump to qualify for outdoor nationals, where he cleared 6-8 and finished 11th.

A three-time MIAC meet field-event MVP, Ekpo has competed in five conference meets thus far on his career and has eight firsts, four seconds and two thirds in jumps to lead St. Thomas to five team titles.

He's just the second Tommie athlete to hit 50-feet in the triple jump as he ranks No. 2 behind Leonard Jones with an indoor career-best of 50-2.

Ekpo has also been a member of UST's Student Athlete Advisory Committee; and has volunteered as a tutor at a local elementary school, as a youth coach, with the Boys and Girls Club and with Feed My Starving Children.

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