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Sunday, June 24, 2012

KU track stars Dixon, Geubelle advance to finals of Olympic trials

Kansas University track athletes Andrea Geubelle, left, and Diamond Dixon advanced to the finals of the U.S. Olympic team trials on Saturday, June 23, in Eugene, Ore. Geubelle finished fourth in the triple jump, while Dixon took third in her heat of the 400 meters.

Kansas University track athletes Andrea Geubelle, left, and Diamond Dixon advanced to the finals of the U.S. Olympic team trials on Saturday, June 23, in Eugene, Ore. Geubelle finished fourth in the triple jump, while Dixon took third in her heat of the 400 meters.

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— Kansas University’s Andrea Geubelle and Diamond Dixon advanced to the U.S. Olympic team trial finals, Saturday at Hayward Field.

Geubelle finished fourth in the triple jump to qualify for Monday’s final. Dixon finished third in her semifinal heat of the 400 meters to earn a spot in today’s final.

Geubelle, a KU junior, lept to a mark of 13.52 meters on her first attempt, putting her in first place. After fouling on her final two attempts, Geubelle dropped three spots to fourth.

Dixon, a KU sophomore, ran a time of 51.58, the sixth-best 400 mark.

Dixon is slated to run today at 6:35 p.m. A top-three finish will clinch a spot in the Olympic 400-meter race, while a top-six finish could give her a spot on the Olympic 4x400-meter relay team.

Fellow Jayhawks Mason Finley (discus) and Rebeka Stowe (3,000-meter steeplechase) will begin their qualifying rounds Monday.

Comments

lv_jhwk 2 years, 1 month ago

Really?? You're going to make that post (and the first nonetheless) on an article about current Jayhawks on the verge of making the Olympic team??

Ahperse, just when I think you've come around a bit, you again manage to lower the bar to your earlier levels of idiocy.

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Ross Cargo 2 years, 1 month ago

There are a lot of people on here bound and determined to prove their immaturity and knuckleheadedness.

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Jesse Newell 2 years, 1 month ago

We're aware of the issues on the mobile site and hoped to have it fixed soon.

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Brad Farha 2 years, 1 month ago

heya Jesse -- on the mobile site is there a way to bypass it and just browse the normal site on your smartphone? I've got a smartphone with a large screen, so I prefer the normal site.

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escaped_labrat 2 years, 1 month ago

Lol, keep speaking your mind...."now, for something completely different..." Very Monte Pythonesque

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MinnesotaJay 2 years, 1 month ago

Fingers crossed for our Jayhawks. Rock Chalk, all!

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Saguaro_Jayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Looks like Dixon drew lane 8 for today's finals. Most runners do not like that lane for a 400m race, but still doable.

However, Sanya Richards will be damned tough to knock out of 1st place today. She looked unbeatable in yesterday's semifinals.

Guebelle had the 3rd best distance yesterday, but had more fouls than Newson. Not sure why she's having these fouling lapses.

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 1 month ago

Impressively, Guebelle's first attempt was her only official jump (due to the fouls). I have a sense she's ready to unleash a monster jump or two in the finals.

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Dirk Medema 2 years, 1 month ago

If you go back to the article following NCAA's, Coach explains the approach to jumping. She got a leading jump on her first attempt, and was pretty assured of qualifying for the next set jumps. That makes the remaining jumps in the qualifying round free bee's. They push the limits trying to get the best jump possible, knowing that they have th first objective accomplished.

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lbranchcrew 2 years, 1 month ago

Dagger... solid insight. Thanks!

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lv_jhwk 2 years, 1 month ago

Have to like the fact that you can watch more than the NBA finals to hear Jayhawks mentioned in successful terms! Best of luck, ladies!

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Doug Cramer 2 years, 1 month ago

Can't believe we've gone a couple days without a Doyle article.

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 1 month ago

Awesome job Andrea and Diamond. Way to rep Kansas Track & Field. Can't wait for the finals. It would be so cool to see them in the Olympics.

It bears repeating that no other school in the Big-12 sent more athletes to the Olympic Trials this year. The next time some Mildcat crows about how much better their athletic department is than ours, remind them that we sent 13 athletes to the trials and they sent 2.

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april28 2 years, 1 month ago

Would rather see a Jayhawk in the Olympics than in the Super Bowl, NBA finals and the World Series combined. For those who don't get it, KU track is surging and it has big impact on the university.

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Sam Constance 2 years, 1 month ago

The mildcats also like to crow about having more Rhodes Scholars than KU, which is not only incorrect, but embarrassingly easy to verify using teh interwebz.

It's best to ignore anything a mildcat says, unless it relates to livestock or agriculture.

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gdkadjayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

According to kuathletics.com, Dixon was 5th in the final. No word on Guebelle yet.

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kureader 2 years, 1 month ago

Dixon appeared to be dead last (8th) rounding the last curve ... showed a pretty good kick to finish 5th

Guebelle jumps tomorrow (Monday), as was said above.

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gdkadjayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for the details kureader. Another thing I didn't mention - kuathletics.com said Dixon ran a PR and KU record 50.88. Nice run!

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 1 month ago

Because of how well she finished today Dixon is officially in the pool for the 4x400 relay team. So she could still get picked to go to London to run the relay. The official announcement will be on Tuesday.

So proud of her and the entire track team.

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 1 month ago

Correction - she IS going to London. Jim Marchiony just tweeted this:

"US Olympic team in London will include 6 runners as part of its 4x400 relay team. KU's Diamond Dixon is one!"

And KU Athletics has a new article up at the following URL:

http://www.kuathletics.com/sports/c-track/recaps/062412aab.html

So Cool!

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Keith Hummel 2 years, 1 month ago

It's worth noting that Dixon was the only collegian in the field today. Consider that plus the fact she is only a Sophomore, and you realize the sky's the limit for her and KU Track.

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