Sunday, June 19, 2016

Andrea Geubelle hits the Olympic standard on the nose in Chula Vista...

CHULA VISTA, California—Add Andrea Geubelle (left/photo by Paul Merca) to the short list of Americans who have hit the Olympic qualifying standard in the triple jump.

Competing at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center High Performance Last Chance Olympic Qualifier meet, the University Place resident and Curtis HS grad jumped the exact distance needed for the Olympic standard—14 meters 15 centimeters (46-5.25) on her fourth jump of the day to win the competition.

Geubelle started with a mark of 44-5.75 (13.56m), then followed up with a wind-aided mark of 46-0 (14.02m).

In round 3, she jumped 45-1.25 (13.75m), then followed it up with the Olympic standard in round 4, with a negligible +0.1 meter per second wind.

Courtesy of Omar Craddock, here is video of the jump:

Round 5 saw her jump 44-10.25 (13.67m), and finished the day with a leap of 45-6.5 (13.88m).

WSU alum Blessing Ufodiama was eighth with a jump of 44-0.25 (13.42m).

Geubelle’s mark is just short of her all-time personal best of 46-6.25 (14.18m) set three years ago.  

Currently only Geubelle, and new American record holder and NCAA champion Keturah Orji of the University of Georgia have the Olympic standard.  Orji jumped 47-8 (14.53m) at the NCAA championships in Eugene to claim the American record.

Spokane native Britney Henry won the women’s hammer with a toss of 228-5 (69.62m).

In Victoria, WSU assistant coach Angela Whyte finished third in the 100 hurdles at the Victoria International Track Classic as she prepares for the Canadian Olympic Trials.

Whyte, who is under the Olympic standard  of 13.00, with a mark of 12.95 in April, ran 13.28, as Bridgette Owens of the USA won in 13.22.

Former Husky Kyle Nielsen finished second in the men’s javelin with a toss of 216-10 (66.11m), as Riley Dolezal of the USA won with a throw of 249-0 (75.90m).

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