Monday, February 4, 2013

University Place resident Andrea Geubelle nabs weekly USTFCCCA athlete of the week honors...

NEW ORLEANS--Curtis High School graduate and University of Kansas senior Andrea Geubelle (left/photo by Randy Miyazaki, was named by the USTFCCCA as its NCAA Division I female athlete of the week on Monday.

Geubelle, a resident of University Place, had a career-day at the Armory Collegiate Invitational long jump this past weekend with a mark of 21-11½ (6.69m), breaking not only the Kansas school record but also the meet record. Her mark is just a quarter of an inch shy of the collegiate all-time top 10 performers list, and broke the previous Kansas indoor record by 11 inches.

Her jump is the second best by an American so far this season, the best in the NCAA, and is the seventh best in the world so far.

Her jump also exceeds the IAAF B standard of 21-10 (6.65m) and is six centimeters short of the A standard of 22-1 3/4 (6.75m) for this summer's world championships in Moscow, a mark exceeded by nine women last year.

With Brittney Reese assured a spot on the team as defending world champion, the USA can enter up to three additional athletes that have the standard.

In its first year of existence the National Athlete of the Week is awarded to six collegiate track & field and cross country athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions) each Monday by the USTFCCCA office. The award spotlights exceptional performances by student-athletes from around the nation.

NOTE:  The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.

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