EUGENE--What do Louisville guard Peyton Siva and Kansas jumper Andrea Geubelle (third from left in black shirt holding trophy/photo courtesy of University of Kansas) have in common?
Both are Washington products and both got to hoist the NCAA national championship trophy in their senior seasons at their school.
On a sunny day at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, the Kansas Jayhawks, led in part by Geubelle's sixteen points earned in placing second in the long jump Wednesday, and the triple jump on Friday, left American track & field's most hallowed venue with the NCAA national championship, and in the process, denied the host Oregon Ducks the chance to win the first track & field triple crown in NCAA history.
What was projected before the meet as a tight battle between the Ducks and Jayhawks turned into a 60-43 advantage for Kansas, as they scored points on the final day in both relays, and the 200, combined with Oregon miscues in the 1500, along with a strong effort by Texas A&M. TAMU in fact, finished second with a final score of 44 points.
The Ducks, who had two entries in the finals of the 1500 and were projected to score points, got nothing, as Bellingham HS grad Becca Friday finished 11th in 4:20.85, and teammate Anne Kesselring was 12th in 4:28.17.
Kansas had athletes entered in eleven events, and scored points in ten, and only had one individual champion in heptathlete Lindsay Vollmer.
The men's team title was shared between the University of Florida, and Texas A&M, who each scored 53 points.
In other events involving Washington athletes, Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry anchored Oregon to a third place finish in the 4 x 400 meter relay, as the Ducks ran 3:03.61.
The University of Washington's three javelin throwers--Jimmy Brookman, Joe Zimmerman, and Carson Fuller, finished 16th, 17th, and 22nd with marks of 214-4 (65.33m), 210-3 (64.09m), and 202-5 (61.70m), respectively.
The Husky men, who got all eight points from decathlete Jeremy Taiwo, finished in a tie for 28th place. The Washington women, who got all nine points from 5000/10000 meter runner Megan Goethals, finished in a tie for 29th place.
In Portland, Washington State alum Joe Abbott finished second in the 800 meters at the Portland Track Classic at Eldon Fix Track on the campus of Lewis & Clark College.
Abbott ran a personal best of 1:45.80, as he finished behind Oregon Track Club's Tyler Mulder, who ran 1:44.79.
Behind Abbott was Tacoma's Mark Wieczorek, who ran 1:45.85, as both were just over the IAAF 'A' standard of 1:45.30 for this summer's world championships in Moscow.
In the women's 800, UW alum Katie Mackey finished second behind the Oregon Track Club's Jemma Simpson, as Mackey ran 2:04.94 to Simpson's 2:04.46. Club Northwest's Rose Sinnett was 10th in 2:08.64.
In the women's steeple, incoming University of Washington freshman Amy-Eloise Neale ran 10:14.07 in 11th place, while Lindsay Allen of Seattle was 13th in 10:22.14.
In the women's 1500, Tacoma's Brie Felnagle was second to Violah Lagat, 4:09.71 to 4:10.44. Camas High's Alexa Efraimson was fifth in 4:16.00, while Gonzaga's Lindsey Drake was eighth in 4:17.79.
The women's 5000 saw high schooler Mary Cain run a national high school record of 15:45.46 in sixth, as Karolina Jarzynska won in 15:25.52. North Central HS grad and incoming Husky freshman Katie Knight was 16th in 16:25.75.
In Hengelo, Washington State alum Jeshua Anderson finished fifth in the 400 hurdles Saturday at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games.
Anderson, who is preparing for the USA championships in two weeks in Des Moines, Iowa, ran 50.33, as Justin Gaymon of the US took the win in 48.87.
In Chicago, Aretha Thurmond, who just returned to the USA from Thursday's IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome, threw 195-4 (59.54m) in an elite co-ed discus competition at Benedictine University.
In the same meet, Marysville-Pilchuck alum Jarred Rome threw 196-1 (59.76m).