Fayetteville, Ark. Kansas University senior Andrea Geubelle claimed the long jump championship while teammate Francine Simpson took bronze on the first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships, Friday at Randal Tyson Center. The KU women sit in first place with 20 points.
Geubelle’s long jump national title is KU’s first in school history. She is the sixth national champion in KU women’s track and field history.
Geubelle’s best jump was 6.55 meters, Simpson’s 6.41, as the duo combined for 16 points in the event, the most ever for Kansas in a single event at an NCAA championship meet, indoor or outdoor.
Geubelle will attempt to defend her indoor triple jump title tonight.
Alena Krechyk earned the KU women their first three points of the competition in the weight throw with a toss of 20.95 meters to finish sixth. Paris Daniels ran a 23.37 in the 200-meter final to finish eighth overall and claim one team point.
Defending 400-meter national champion Diamond Dixon qualified for tonight’s final with a 52.77-second time, seventh-fastest among qualifiers.
Kyle Clemons, the lone KU male competing at the national meet, turned in a semifinal time of 46.95 in the 400-meters to finish 15th overall.
The KU women will continue their bid today for the program’s first team title in NCAA history.