Thursday, May 23, 2013

Andrea Geubelle wins long jump; Megan Goethals advances in 10k on day 1 of NCAA West Prelims...

AUSTIN, Texas--University of Kansas senior Andrea Geubelle (left/photo courtesy University of Kansas) easily advanced to the NCAA final round as she won the long jump competition at the West preliminary round at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.

Geubelle, the native of University Place, jumped 21-4 3/4  (6.52m) in the third round of jumping in the fourth flight of competition, then passed her three remaining attempts, knowing that it didn't matter whether or not she won, as the top twelve finishers in each event advance to the NCAA final round in Eugene in two weeks.

Washington's Megan Goethals punched her ticket to Eugene with a third place finish in the 10000, as she ran 34:58.86 to finish behind Iowa State's Betsy Saina (34:52.34), and Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton of Wichita State (34:52.71).

Gonzaga's Emily Thomas was 19th in 36:01.23, and the Huskies' Lindsay Flanagan was 22nd in 36:06.77.

In the women's 400 meter hurdles, the Washington duo of Kayla Stueckle and Gianna Woodruff advanced to the round of 24, as they ran 57.90 and 58.95, the #7 and #10 times from the first round.

Bellingham's Becca Friday of Oregon, the Huskies' Eleanor Fulton, and the Cougars' Ruby Roberts ran 4:22.18 (#6), 4:22.77 (#14), and 4:23.90 (#19) in the women's 1500 to advance to the round of 24.

In the men's 1500, Washington State's Todd Wakefield won his first round heat in 3:47.31.  Freshman Marcus Dickson of BYU from White River HS was sixth in 3:46.93, while Spokane's Nathan Weitz of Northern Arizona, was seventh in the same heat in 3:48.32, and advanced to the round of 24 on time (top 5 in each of the 4 heats plus the four fastest).

Washington State senior Shawna Fermin ran 53.77 in her heat to advance to the round of 24 in the women's 400.  Fermin was one of the favorites in the Pac-12 championship meet in Los Angeles two weeks ago before being scratched out of the final with what was reported as muscle tightness.

The men's 400 saw Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry of Oregon cruise to an easy win in 46.63 to automatically advance to the round of 24.

Washington's Baylee Mires finished second in her heat in a time of 2:08.61, while Washington State's Courtney Zalud finished fifth in her heat in 2:08.22, and squeezed through to the round of 24 as one of the six fastest times outside the top 3 (top 3 in each of the 6 heats plus six advance).

Washington State's Jesse Jorgensen finished second in his heat  of the men's 800 to automatically advance to the round of 24, as he ran 1:50.21.

All running event competitors Thursday, will compete in their semi-final round on Friday, except for the 1500, which will be contested on Saturday.

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