Saturday, February 27, 2016

Andrea Geubelle announces she's back on the national scene in the triple jump at SPU Last Chance meet...

SEATTLE—Just when you thought the Dempsey Indoor was done producing fireworks after the conclusion of the MPSF Indoor meet, the Seattle Pacific University Last Chance meet produced some of its own.

Normally what’s been a meet for Division II athletes to chase marks (NCAA Division II athletes still have the automatic and provisional qualifying marks to hit to enter the NCAA championships) turned out to be a bigger deal, with several post-collegiate athletes looking to get marks good enough to compete at the USA indoor championships in Portland and/or the IAAF world indoor championships a week later.

University Place resident Andrea Geubelle (left/photo by Paul Merca) let the nation know that after a frustrating and injury filled last two seasons, that the Kansas alum is back in full force.

Geubelle set a Dempsey Indoor facility record in the triple jump on her sixth and final attempt, jumping 45-7.75 (13.91m) to easily win the competition, and erase Stanford’s Erica McLain’s 45-7.25 (13.90m) mark from 2005.  

Geubelle’s mark is the second longest jump this season by an American, behind Keturah Orji’ of Georgia’s 46-2.5 (14.08m) set earlier in the day at the Southeast Conference meet.

Other highlights:

—Harum Abda of the Nike Oregon TC Elite (1:48.53) beat Travis Burkstrand (1:48.57) and 2015 world championship competitor Cas Loxsom (1:48.77) of the Brooks Beasts in the 800; 

—In the women’s 800, Latvia’s Liga Velvere, an Idaho alum who is a volunteer coach at Washington State won in 2:03.95, over Justine Fedronic (2:04.87), as Fedronic, a Stanford alum who trains with the Beasts but is sponsored by Nike, got her USA indoor qualifier; 

—Washington State assistant coach Angela Whyte won the 60 hurdles in a time of 8.05, which could give her strong consideration to compete for Canada at the world indoors.  Whyte pulled second place finisher Maliea Luquin of Seattle Pacific to a potential spot in the NCAA D2 championship, running 8.61;

—US Olympian Jillian Camarena-Williams won the shot put with a toss of 58-6.5 (17.84m); 

—In the women’s 3000, Oregon alum Megan Patrignelli won in 9:16.06, just under the USA indoor qualifying mark of 9:17.00, while Gonzaga alum Lindsay Drake was second in 9:26.62.  In the race within the race, Saint Martin’s Shannon Porter and Central Washington’s Dani Eggleston may have punched their tickets to the nationals, running 9:38.79, and 9:39.67, respectively.

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