Des Moines, Iowa — Kansas University senior Andrea Geubelle can cross another item off her to-do list.
After coming up short at NCAA Outdoor meets and the Olympic Trials, Geubelle won the triple jump on Thursday at the USA Track and Field Championships in Drake Stadium. The victory follows 2012 and 2013 NCAA Indoor triple jump championships but is her first at an outdoor meet on the national level. Geubelle had finished second at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor, third at the 2012 Olympic Trials and third at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor.
“This was definitely an awesome competition,” Geubelle said. “I knew the girls would come out jumping so I knew it would be hard to win. I had a rough NCAA meet so that was definitely motivation to come out here and do well.”
Geubelle led from the start, with jumps of 13.72 meters (45 feet, .25 inches) and 13.87 (45-6.25), before hitting the winning, wind-aided mark of 14.03 (46-0.5) on her fourth attempt.
Next up for Geubelle — other than Saturday’s long-jump championship — will be qualifying for the IAAF World Championships, Aug. 10-18 in Moscow. To make Team USA, Geubelle must hit the World Championship triple jump B-standard of 14.20 meters (46 feet, 7.25 inches) before July 20.
Other Jayhawks in action
Kansas senior Heather Bergmann placed eighth in the javelin with a throw of 50.03 meters (164 feet, 1 inch) ... Freshman Tianna Valentine took eighth place in the junior 100-meter dash in 12.09 seconds. ... Sophomore Michael Stigler advanced to today’s semifinals of the 400 hurdles with a qualifying time of 51.04 seconds. ... Senior Kyle Clemons fell just shy of the 400 semifinal with a time of 46.56 seconds, .4 seconds away from his heat’s automatic-qualifying spot.