Tuesday, June 26, 2012

KU’s Andrea Geubelle takes third in finals of Olympic Trials, misses team cut


— Kansas University senior-to-be Andrea Geubelle finished third in the triple jump Monday at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field.

Geubelle did not meet the Olympic A standard (14.30 meters) required in order to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Geubelle hit a mark of 13.79 meters on her first jump to move her into second place. She did not improve on her next leaps and remained in third place to win the bronze medal.

Geubelle and the other two top finishers in the event had not hit the Olympic standard mark before, so none qualified for the London Games.

Despite not making the Olympic Team, Geubelle garnered the highest finish for a Kansas female at the Trials in KU coach Stanley Redwine’s tenure since 2000. Geubelle will compete again at the NACAC U23 Championships July 6-8 in Guanujuato, Mexico.

At the NCAA Track and Field Championships on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in early June, Geubelle was at the center of a controversy that made her a sympathetic figure throughout the sport. She celebrated winning the national championship in the triple jump, did a lengthy interview about it, and then was pulled away by a meet official and taken to another room. It was there that she learned her winning jump had been appealed by the Southern Miss coach, and the appeal was upheld by a three-judge panel that ruled she had fouled. The decision bumped Geubelle from first to third and fueled her motivation to meet the minimum standard to compete in the Olympics. She fell short of that standard Monday.

Also chasing her Olympic dream on Monday, KU’s Rebeka Stowe took to the track in the semifinal of the 3,000-meter Steeplechase. The Olathe native placed seventh in a time of 9:53.67, less than a second off her career best. Stowe placed 14th overall and was the final qualifier for the final. She will run at 6:45 p.m. on Friday.

Kansas’ Mason Finley threw the discus to a mark of 58.59 meters on his third attempt, leaving him in 13th place, out of reach of the final qualifying spot.

Several Jayhawk track and field alumni also competed in the Trials Monday. Jordan Scott advanced to the finals of the men’s pole vault, clearing 5.30 meters, and competes again at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Crystal Manning jumped alongside Geubelle in the triple jump, finishing fifth with a top leap of 13.25 meters. Brian Bishop placed 22nd overall in the discus with a throw of 54.84 meters.

KU’s Michael Stigler and Paris Daniels begin competition with first-round heats on Thursday. Stigler will run the 400-meter hurdles and Daniels the 200 meters.

Two Jayhawks swim at Trials

Omaha, Neb. — Kansas senior Stephanie Payne and soon-to-be KU freshman Chelsie Miller swam to fast finishes on the first day of the 2012 U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials.

Payne, who completed her KU career at the Big 12 Championships in February, finished the 400 IM on Monday with a time of 4:56.46. She races again in the 200 fly on Thursday.

Topeka native Chelsie Miller also competed in the 400 IM. The Washburn Rural graduate finished the event in 4:57.34. Miller also will compete in the 200 IM and 200 breast.

Former KU swimmer Danielle Herrmann from 2005-09 competes in the 100-meter breast on Tuesday.


Keith Hummel 7 years, 9 months ago

Good interview with Geubelle and Stowe at KU Athletics:

Congrats to Andrea for a tremendous job bringing home the Bronze.

Swamphawk 7 years, 9 months ago

I'm unfamiliar with how these trials go so I have a question. If the top three triple jumpers did not make the qualifying mark does that mean the US will be unrepresented in the Olympics? Also, who sets the qualifying mark?

Omari Miller 7 years, 9 months ago

I believe one athlete achieved the qualifying distance earlier in the year. If that's the case, the US will have one woman in the event.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 9 months ago

Not sure about the qualifying jump earlier in the year, but Omari is correct regarding the concept. In a twisted turn of events in the High Jump, the top US jumper had a really bad day (raining) and placed 4th in the meet. The thrid place finisher didn't achieve the qualifying standard, but the 4th place finisher had earlier in the year, so the 4th place guy is on the team, but the 3rd place guy is not.

ktran06 7 years, 9 months ago

"The decision bumped Geubelle from third to first" - sounds awesome to me.

Marcia Parsons 7 years, 9 months ago

I noticed that, but apparently no one at the paper did since it hasn't been changed.

Clarence Haynes 7 years, 9 months ago

Diamond is growing into becoming a fierce competitor. Her experience with Team USA this summer will take her a long way toward being a true force on the international scene!

Ryan Woods 7 years, 9 months ago

Do I understand this correctly? The qualifying mark is 14.3 meters which equates to approx 46 feet 11 inches. At nationals she won with a 46 feet 11 and 3/4 inches jumped, which would have qualified her for London. Later it was overturned because she scratched by a centimeter. Because she scratched, she no longer qualifies for the Olympics? Is there a last chance meet?

ohjayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Her jump at the national championships would've qualified her for the Olympics had she not unfortunately scratched. If you achieve an Olympic A standard in a meet that meets all the qualifications, it does carry through (as long as you still compete in the Olympic trials, regardless of the outcome, unless multiple people do better than that previous mark). Also unfortunate is that this was the last chance meet. From my understanding, the team must be complete by July 1.

Jesse Newell 7 years, 9 months ago

I've been told by Brad Gilbert, KU track SID, that Geubelle's disqualified mark at the NCAAs would not have qualified her for the Olympics because it was wind-aided. That was part of the reason her final two jumps were faults ... she thought she'd won the competition (or at least was in the lead), so she was trying to qualify for the Olympics.

ohjayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the clarification, Jesse! I do remember reading that somewhere now.

Ross Cargo 7 years, 9 months ago


Andrea competes in a week or so for the U23 team. In Mexico, I think. If she hits the A standard there, would the US then allow her to go to London?

Gary Wirsig 7 years, 9 months ago

According to the article, the U23 meet is July 6-8. If, as ohjayhawk says above, the team needs to be complete by July 1, that won't work.

Dirk Medema 7 years, 9 months ago

Misses team cut is inaccurate. She missed the qualifying standard. The team cut is 3.

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