Sunday, June 8, 2014

Andrea Geubelle moves training base back to Washington...

Received a note Sunday from reigning USA national triple jump champion Andrea Geubelle (left/photo by Paul Merca) informing us that she has moved back to the state of Washington after spending her collegiate years at the University of Kansas.

After a successful career at the University of Kansas where she won several national titles in the long and triple jumps, and helped the Jayhawks win the 2013 NCAA outdoor title in her final meet as a collegian, she stayed at Kansas for the 2013-14 academic year to finish her schooling, while training with the team and making the transition into pro track & field.

The University Place resident is training with her high school club coach, Nate Wilford, who runs the Flying AJ's Track Club in the Tacoma area, and using the facilities at Charles Wright Academy.

Geubelle also informed us that she is currently without a major sponsor, but is being represented by agent Caroline Feith of Pro Sports International in the Netherlands.

Geubelle has a season best of 21-8 1/4 (6.61m) in the long jump, set at the USA indoor championships in Albuquerque, and 44-11 (13.69m) in the triple jump, set at the Ponce Grand Prix de Atletismo meet in Ponce, Puerto Rico on May 17tth.

In Hengelo, the Netherlands, Washington State alum Bernard Lagat bounced back from a disappointing performance at last weekend's Nike Prefontaine Classic by finishing third in the 3000 at the AA Drink-Fanny Blankers-Koen Games.

Lagat ran 7:41.94 as he finished behind winner Cornelius Kangogo (7:41.27, 2014 outdoor world leader) and long time rival Augustine Choge (7:41.57) of Kenya.

One mark we missed from Saturday's Jim Bush meet in Los Angeles--Washington State alum Blessing Ufodiama finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 43-3 1/4 (13.19m), as Amanda Smock won with a distance of 44-3 1/4 (13.49m).

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