Friday, May 6, 2016

Andrea Geubelle inches closer to Olympic A standard at Oregon Twilight...

EUGENE—University Place resident Andrea Geubelle (left/photo by Paul Merca) won the triple jump competition at the Oregon Twilight meet Friday night at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, and inched closer to the Olympic A standard.

The former NCAA and USA national champion jumped a wind-aided best of 45-10 (13.97w) in the fifth round with a 2.4 meter per second wind, but followed it up in the final round with a jump of 45-8.5 (13.93m) with a 1.6 meter per second wind, under the allowable.

Her sixth round jump sets a new season best, and a meet record, but is just short of the Olympic standard of 46-5.25 (14.15m).

In other highlights at the Oregon Twilight:

—Rainier Beach HS grad Michael Berry set a meet record in winning the mens’ 400 in 45.56, defeating former Oregon teammate Ashton Eaton, who ran 45.78; 

—Cas Loxsom of the Brooks Beasts was a close second to Edward Kemboi in the men’s 800, running 1:48.16 to Kemboi’s 1:48.13; 

—Tacoma native Dakarai Hightower, who competes for Lane CC, won the high jump at 7-1.5 (2.17m); 

—Washington alum Mel Lawrence was fourth in the invitational women’s 1500 in 4:17.19.


In Seattle, the Pac-12 track and field championships get underway Saturday at Husky Track with the multi-events competition Saturday and Sunday.

Alissa Brooks-Johnson of Washington State, the defending champion, looks to retain the title in a battle with 2014 champ Amalie Iuel of USC and Norway, though she has not completed a heptathlon this season, only competing in three events at the Mt. SAC Relays Multi-Event meet last month.

Brooks-Johnson was held out of the UW/WSU dual meet due to a back problem that surfaced at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Washington State’s Liz Harper and Lindsey Schauble will also contest the heptathlon, while CJ Smith is the host Huskies’ lone competitor.

Arizona’s Pau Tonnesen, who was the runner-up at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor multi-events competition, looks to defend his Pac-12 title. Tonnesen, who represented Spain at the IAAF world championships in Beijing last summer. has scored 7993 points in his lone decathlon so far this season, in winning the Jim Click Shootout last month.

Dino Dodig of Washington State, who was fifth last year, is the Cougs’ lone representative, while the Huskies will counter with sophomores Cole Jensen and Josh Gordon.

Action gets underway at noon at Husky Track, while day 2 of the multis begins at 11:30 on Sunday.  Admission to the Pac-12 multi-event competition is free; however, parking will be at a premium due to the Opening Day of boating season, along with the Windermere Cup crew races being contested on the Montlake Cut.

NOTE:  The University of Oregon, and the Pac-12 Conference contributed to this report.

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