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Friday, June 21, 2013

KU’s Geubelle wins triple jump at USA Track Championships

Kansas University’s Andrea Geubelle leaps to the pit during the women’s senior triple jump at the U.S. Track and Field Championships meet on Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. Geubelle captured the American triple-jump title with a mark of 46 feet, 0.5 inches.

Kansas University’s Andrea Geubelle leaps to the pit during the women’s senior triple jump at the U.S. Track and Field Championships meet on Thursday, June 20, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. Geubelle captured the American triple-jump title with a mark of 46 feet, 0.5 inches.

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— 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.

Comments

MinnesotaJay 1 year, 1 month ago

AWESOME, Andrea! You continue to make Jayhawks proud. And, good luck qualifying for the World Championships.

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akgjenkintown 1 year, 1 month ago

A special talent and individual. Glad she is a Jayhawks!

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Brett McCabe 1 year, 1 month ago

Only someone like Andrea could describe taking second in the NCAA as a "rough meet". She is incredible!

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Andy Tweedy 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't even like track, but I love this gal! She is a beast and I mean that in the very best of ways!!!

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crimsonorblue22 1 year, 1 month ago

You should see this girl jump! Think you couldn't help be a fan. Hopefully winning a National Championship will encourage a few more Jayhawk fans to check out the incredible athletes we have at KU. They certainly deserve it!

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KGphoto 1 year, 1 month ago

This kid is gonna need a bigger trophy room pretty soon.

Congrats, and keep working Andrea! I’m sure we’ll be rooting for you in Rio ’16!

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crimsonorblue22 1 year, 1 month ago

Andrea's a very gifted Jayhawk! Can't wait to see her jump over the B standard. Rock chalk track and field!

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Randy Bombardier 1 year, 1 month ago

Great job young lady! Great competitive spirit. Can you work with the football team?

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JayHawkFanToo 1 year, 1 month ago

Congrats to Andrea and all the Jayhawks that competed.

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stm62 1 year, 1 month ago

GREAT achievement !!! Congrats Andrea !!!

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fearthephog512 1 year, 1 month ago

Awesome! Congrats! Rock Chalk!!

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KJD 1 year, 1 month ago

What a year! Congratulations.

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Jack Jones 1 year, 1 month ago

Now, that's the way to come back from while excellent performances, despite not achieving what I'm sure were personal expectations. True indicators of a champion, Andrea. Well done.

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