Saturday, June 9, 2012

KU jumper wins — then loses — NCAA title; KU women fourth

Kansas' Andrea Geubelle leaps to the pit during the women's triple jump at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kansas' Andrea Geubelle leaps to the pit during the women's triple jump at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.


— The thrill of victory, painted all over her face with an All-American smile, never felt better for Kansas University junior triple jumper Andrea Geubelle than when she and everyone else in Drake Stadium thought she had won an NCAA Outdoor championship Saturday in the triple jump.

An endless stream of tears streaming down that same face made it clear that the agony of having that title taken away when an appeal by a coach from another school was upheld after completion of the event gave her a worse feeling than she ever had experienced.

As Geubelle was discussing her national title with reporters, a meet official approached her, said, “Kansas, you have to come right now,” and escorted her to the adjoining room where athletes catch their breath after competing.

It was then and there that Geubelle learned her first-place jump was wiped out after a coach from Southern Miss filed an appeal and a three-judge panel that reviewed the video overturned the original outcome. The rules allow for an appeal to be filed up to 30 minutes after completion of the event.

Geubelle’s temporary first-place jump, measured at 46 feet, 11 3/4 inches, would have earned 10 points for KU in the team standings. She fouled twice after what she thought had been the winning jump, so her jump in the preliminary heat of 45 feet, 5 inches stood as her best and was good for third place and six points.

Moments after Geubelle learned of her fate, the KU women’s 4X400-meter relay team, which had high hopes of winning a national championship, finished third in the race, only to find out later that those six points turned into zero because of a lane violation.

Despite the pair of disappointments, the Kansas women tied with Clemson for fourth place with 28 points, behind national champion LSU (68 points), runner-up Oregon (52) and Big 12 foe Texas A&M; (32).

Nearly a half-hour after learning the news that devastated her, Geubelle stood on the award stand wiping away tears.

The ruling elevated Ganna Demydova (46-7 1/4) of Southern Miss from second place to first and San Diego State’s Shanieka Thomas from third to second (45-9 3/4).

“If I had known it was a foul on my first jump, I would have made a lot of adjustments and probably jumped 47 feet today,” Geubelle said.

Instead, figuring she had won the event, she didn’t worry about fouling on her final two jumps and let it fly. She said her last jump, a foul, was measured at 47-11 1/2.

Kansas coach Stanley Redwine experienced mixed feelings at the end of the day, but pride won out over the others.

“Fourth place was great for us,” said Redwine of the KU women’s best-ever finish in the national outdoor meet. “We had some fouls at the end, some penalties at the end that affected the team score even more, but I can’t be more excited for our group. The coaches have done a commendable job, and we’re really excited about our athletes and what it means for the university.”

Shot-putter Mason Finley earned a point Saturday for the KU men with an eight-place finish in the shot put (63-7), and the men finished tied for 23rd with Iowa, Kansas State and Ohio State.


Dan Cook 10 years, 4 months ago

Oh my, that's just heartbreak. In two events. Great job anyway, Andrea. We're very proud of you. Also proud of both teams for a very strong season.

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 4 months ago

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Ludwig Supraphonic 10 years, 4 months ago

Light yourself on fire and I'm confident some will follow.

Clarence Haynes 10 years, 4 months ago

Congratulations KU Track! Coach Redwine and his staff have done a great job of bringing KU Track and Field back to promenence. While there were some setbacks this past weekend, this has been a great season and I do hope that the successful year will enable Coach Redwine to attract even more quality athletes to KU. I pledge to do my part, but this also means (in my opinion) that LJW and other publications have to step up their level of coverage!

hiphopsux 10 years, 4 months ago

Hopefully this disappointment will lead to an Olympic roster spot. Good luck at the trials Andrea. RCJH!

eastcoasthawk 10 years, 4 months ago

A huge congratulations to the Track team! Another final four finish for KU. So good to see other teams excelling in addition to BBall. Ladies, as good as you are, there will be many more jumps and runs to come! RCJHKU!

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 4 months ago

the greatest finish ever for a womens team at KU.....a number of All American honors..and yet it could have been so much more.

congrats to the coaches and athletes for a great season.....let's get all fired up based on all of these points left on the field and track in these finals....and really finish in championship fashion next year....we basically will have everybody back.

Go Jayhawks!

CougIsLJW 10 years, 4 months ago

I've never heard of a video review of a jump after many more jumps occurred and up to thirty minutes after the end of an event. Seems pretty ridiculous.

That said, you could excuse Geubelle not foreseeing this as a possibility, but the coaches have no excuse for not getting in her ear and telling her not to be comfortable with that one jump. Get her to make her adjustments and get in another good mark or two just in case. Just a bad break for Geubelle who clearly was the better jumper that day.

Sam Constance 10 years, 4 months ago

Congrats Southern Miss. You won on a technicality.

Unless we really believe that Geubelle went over the jump line by a full 4.5 inches (her margin of victory over the Southern Miss athlete).

A part of me wonders if the Southern Miss coach actually had reason to believe that Geubelle fouled, or if he was just appealing on the logic that his athlete got second and that filing an appeal was a no-lose situation for him. Given the lateness with which the appeal came through, I have to suspect that he didn't have any reason to suspect a foul, but was just doing it as a last resort.

Unlucky for Geubelle. She'll just have to be content with the knowledge she earned a bronze for outjumping the field.

bbehrens 10 years, 3 months ago

marchphog88 - I see your point but I would argue that that is the beauty of track and field: you either make the height or you don't, you win or you lose, you finish ahead of someone or you don't. It takes the subjectivity out of it. Seeing the replay on the TV coverage made it pretty clear to me that she fouled, so I see nothing wrong with the So. Miss coach appealing the jump.

Sam Constance 10 years, 3 months ago

My point isn't that Geubelle deserved to win in spite of her foul. A foul is a foul and would defeat the purpose entirely if you just subtracted the amount fouled from the total jump.

I understand all that.

My point is that the best athlete did not win, mostly because she didn't know to ensure her second and third jumps were legal because the USM coach wasn't completely transparent in the way he went about protesting the result.

The Southern Miss coach was well within his rights to appeal. But it could have been done in a more sportsmanlike manner. He (supposedly) posted a comment on Keegan's article about the meet and claims that he decided to protest 2 mins after the jump, but didn't have the decency to inform KU until after the competition was over and Guebelle couldn't do anything to fix it.

Dale Stringer 10 years, 3 months ago

I went to the Southern Miss athletic page and read their version on this. There are some differences on how they said it went down. Like how it was Andrea's 4th jump that was protested and overturned. Also made it sound like their coach protested right away.

Sam Constance 10 years, 3 months ago

LOL. The fact that they said it was her fourth attempt reflects, imho, a desire to avoid the uncomfortable, unsportsmanlike way in which Stephen went about his protest.

By saying it was her fourth jump, it makes it sound like she couldn't have made any adjustments had she known about the foul.

FLJHK 10 years, 3 months ago

+1. Excellent points on all counts marchphog.

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