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KU women’s track second at NCAA Indoor

March 10, 2013

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Andrea Geubelle

Andrea Geubelle

Natalia Bartnovskaya

Natalia Bartnovskaya

— Kansas University had two more individual national champions, and the KU women’s track-and-field team repeated as national NCAA Indoor runner-up Saturday.

Andrea Geubelle became the fourth athlete to win both triple- and long-jump titles when she easily won the triple-jump gold Saturday, and Natalia Bartnovskaya won the pole vault.

“It was a tremendous weekend with some great performances,” 13-year KU coach Stanley Redwine said. “Having three national champions is amazing. The athletes and the coaches have done a great job of representing Kansas well, and it’s great to again see all their hard work paying off.”

KU scored a school-best 44 points to place second behind national champ Oregon (56 points).

Geubelle won the long-jump title Friday, then Saturday turned in four jumps over 45 feet in six attempts at the triple-jump.

She won with a career-best and school-record mark of 14.18 meters (46 feet, 61⁄4 inches) on her fourth attempt. The distance was the fourth-longest in NCAA history and just two inches shy of tying the American record.

Just three other athletes have won long- and triple-jump titles at an NCAA Indoor meet, and none since 2003. She tied Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino as the meet’s high-point scorer, with 20.

Bartnovskaya had the performance of her career earlier in the evening in the pole vault. The Krasnoyarsk, Russia, native won her first NCAA Indoor title and KU’s second in the event.

Bartnovskaya vaulted to five-straight clearances without recording a foul, the only competitor to do so. She cleared a career-best and school-record height of 4.45 meters (14 feet, 71⁄4 inches) on her second attempt and won by virtue of fewer fouls.

Amy Linnen won the pole vault for KU in 2005.

Also Saturday, the KU women’s 4X400-meter relay team earned a point by placing eighth in 3:34.91, but Diamond Dixon — who, like Geubelle, was hoping to repeat as champ — placed only sixth in the 400 in 52.38. The Olympic gold medalist earned her third straight All-America honor.

And KU’s Lindsay Vollmer collected personal bests in three of five events and placed ninth overall in the pentathlon with 4,105 points.

The Jayhawks will be idle until they kick off the outdoor portion of their season March 27-30 at the Texas Relays.

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