Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The accolades keep rolling for Andrea Geubelle, and links from around the track...

The honors keep piling up for University Place resident Andrea Geubelle (above/photo by Randy Miyazaki,, as she was named by the USTFCCCA as its NCAA Division I women's field event athlete of the year.

Geubelle 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 distance of 46-6¼ (14.18m) 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 day prior she won the long jump with a mark of 21-6 (6.55m). 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.

Geubelle finished the indoor season as the top-ranked student-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 21-11½ (6.69m) at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. The long jump marks sits just outside the all-time collegiate top 10.

It turns out that Geubelle's jump of 46-6 1/4 was even more remarkable considering that in her fifth round attempt in the previous night's long jump, she bruised her heel.

As she tells, “I was having trouble walking. I had horrible warm-ups for the triple jump. I was babying (the heel). I didn’t want to put pressure on it. The girl in second was right on my butt. I taped it up a little and put a cushion in my shoe. I thought, I’m in the finals, and I have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. My foot’s only going to keep hurting worse, so I put one out there — 46-6 — and I had a pretty good feeling I was going to win the competition."

In Division II, the USTFCCCA announced its All-America awards, with Seattle Pacific's McKayla Fricker receiving two--one for the 800, and one for the 4 x 400 relay along with teammates Jasmine Johnson, Kishia Mitchell, and Emily Quatier.

Western Washington's Emily Warman received All-America honors from the coaches' association in the long jump.

On the pro circuit, Jeshua Anderson and Brad Walker continue their season opening outdoor meets on Saturday at the Perth Track Classic in Australia.

Anderson, the former Washington State All-American, runs the 400 hurdles against a domestic field, while former Husky Walker goes against 2008 Olympic champ Steve Hooker and British Olympian Steve Lewis in the pole vault.

One of the most anticipated half marathon debuts happens Sunday as Bernard Lagat trades track spikes for road racing flats when he runs the NYC Half Marathon through the streets of the Big Apple.

In this interview with Aimee Berg, Lagat and his agent James Templeton talk about the process of trying a half marathon, and how he's made the transition, particularly in building up his mileage, while maintaining the intensity.

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