Eugene, Ore. 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.