USTFCCCA Names Geubelle National Field Athlete of the Year
March 12, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Kansas long and triple jumper Andrea Geubelle was named the nation's female field athlete of the year it was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The honor is the first for Geubelle and second-consecutive national indoor honor for the women's team after Diamond Dixon was named the nation's female track athlete of the year last season.
"We're all really excited for Andrea," said head coach Stanley Redwine. "Her championship performances last week were excellent and she deserves so much credit. She's worked hard, represented the program well and has been an unbelievable competitor. It's an outstanding honor for someone who has definitely earned it."
Geubelle, a senior from University Place, Wash., won both the long jump and the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, becoming the fourth woman in indoor NCAA history to accomplish the feat and the first since Elva Goulbourne of Auburn in 2003. Her winning triple jump of 14.18 meters (46'6.25") won the event by more than a foot and put her third on the all-time indoor collegiate performance list. She is one of just five collegiate women in history to surpass 46-6. The mark was also just two inches shy of the indoor American triple jump record.
She won the long jump with a mark of 6.55 meters (21'6"). Her mark tied Christabel Nettey of Arizona State's mark, but Geubelle won on virtue of her second-longest attempt, which was just two centimeters shorter. Her winning mark was the seventh-best in NCAA Indoor Championship history.
"This is definitely the cherry on top of everything that's happened in the last week," Geubelle explained. "I worked hard for it and that hard work is paying off. For Diamond to get it last year and me to win this year has shown how far our program has come and how well we're doing on a national level."
The 10-time First Team All-American finished her final collegiate indoor season as the top-ranked athlete in both the triple jump and the long jump. She led the triple jump with her NCAA title mark, and claimed the long jump with a mark of 6.69 meters (21'11.5") at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. The long jump mark sits just outside the all-time collegiate top 10. Geubelle won all but one of her combined nine long jump and triple jump competitions on the season with the lone blemish a runner-up finish to her teammate Francine Simpson in the long jump at the Big 12 Indoor Championships.
The Jayhawks are now preparing for the outdoor portion of the season and will make the journey to their first outdoor meet of the year, the Texas Relays, in Austin, Texas, March 27-30. Stay updated on everything KU track & field until then through KUAthletics.com and on Twitter at @KU_Track.
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