NEW ORLEANS--University Place resident Andrea Geubelle (left/photo courtesy University of Kansas) of the University of Kansas, along with University of Washington multi-event specialist Jeremy Taiwo were selected by the USTFCCCA as its female and male field event athletes of the year for the Midwest Region, and West Region, respectively.
Geubelle, the defending NCAA champion in the triple jump indoors, is the national collegiate leader in the long jump at 21-11 1/2 (6.69m) and is ranked second in the triple jump at 45-7 3/4 (13.91m).
She has won 12 of the last 14 triple jump competitions against collegians. She moved in to indoor collegiate top 10 triple jump list after breaking her own school record with a leap of 45-7 3/4 (13.91m) at the Tyson Invitational. She broke the indoor long jump school record with a collegiate-leading leap of 21-11 1/2 (6.69m). Geubelle won the 2013 Big 12 Conference triple jump and finished runner-up in the long jump
Taiwo scored a collegiate-leading and then-world-leading 6,156 in the heptathlon at the Boise State Team Challenge, including a then-all-time world best clearance of 7-4½ (2.25m) in the heptathlon high jump. He is ranked as the third-best collegiate performer in the history of the heptathlon, and his score is fifth-best in collegiate history.
Both Geubelle and Taiwo are entered in this weekend's NCAA indoor track & field championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, hosted by the University of Arkansas.
However, Taiwo will only contest the high jump, and not the heptathlon, with perhaps the effect of the hamstring injury he suffered in the MPSF championship meet two weeks ago still lingering and the Husky coaching staff not willing to gamble with the senior's health, with the outdoor season upcoming.
Besides Taiwo, the Huskies will send senior Christine Babcock in the mile, where she is seeded 14th among declared entries at 4:37.57.
Washington State will have long jumper Stephan Scott-Ellis as its lone representative, as he's seeded 13th with a best of 25-4 3/4 (7.74m).
Rainier Beach HS grad Mike Berry from the University of Oregon is seeded number 5 in the men's 400, with a time of 46.03.
Bellingham's Becca Friday from the University of Oregon is seeded number 9 in the women's mile at 4:35.34.
Wenatchee native Hannah Kiser, a junior at the University of Idaho and the reigning WAC champ, is entered in the women's 3000, where she's seeded fifth with a time of 9:04.74.
One of the most notable Huskies missing from the field is MPSF 5000m champ Megan Goethals, who was bumped from the field by several runners around the country in various last chance meets last weekend.
NOTE: The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.