KU Women Claim 10 USTFCCCA All-America Honors
March 12, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Following their runner-up finish at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend, eight KU women collected 10 All-America distinctions it was announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The 10 All-Americans is the most earned during an indoor season in program history.
Juniors Andrea Geubelle, Denesha Morris and Taylor Washington as well as sophomore Diamond Dixon earned first team All-America honors for the second-consecutive season.
Geubelle, who hails from University Place, Wash., claimed the national title in the triple jump Saturday evening. Her winning-mark of 13.67 meters (44-10.25 ft.) is a school record and is the fourth-best among all athletes – collegiate of professional – in the U.S. this year. She is also listed as a first team All-American in the long jump after her eighth-place finish in the NCAA event. The awards mark the second and third first team indoor All-America honors of her career and the sixth overall. Geubelle was also named to the All-America honorable mention list in the outdoor long jump in 2011.
Dixon was named to the All-America first team after winning her first national title in the 400 meters last weekend. Her time of 51.78 is an indoor school record and the seventh-fastest in the world this year. The Houston native has now individually claimed three first team All-American honors in only one-plus seasons in Lawrence.
Joining Geubelle on the long jump first team All-America list is junior Francine Simpson, who is receiving the distinction for the first time in her career. Simpson placed sixth at the national meet with a personal best mark of 6.37 meters (20-11.75 ft.). Simpson and Geubelle mark the fourth and fifth KU female long jumpers to claim All-American honors in the school’s history.
The 4×400-meter relay team of Dixon, Washington, Morris and junior Paris Daniels also earned spots on the first team. Daniels sees her name as a first team All-American for the first time in her career. The group, who raced to the fastest-time in the NCAA this season at 3:31.36, placed third at the indoor meet last Saturday. Dixon, Washington and Morris are seeing their name on the list for the second time as a group after being selected following the 2011 indoor season.
Alena Krechyk made her way onto the second team All-America list was. The senior placed 13th in the weight throw at the NCAA Championships and is the school record-holder in the event with a mark of 21.01 meters (68-10.75 ft.). The Grodno, Belarus, native is listed on an All-America list for the first time in her career.
Daniels was placed on the second team All-America list, as she finished 11th in the 200 meters at the national indoor meet. Daniels ranks second in the event on the all-time school performance lists and was an eight-time NJCAA All-American while running at Coffeyville Junior College from 2009-10.
The KU women’s team has now placed an impressive 20 indoor All-Americans over the past three seasons, marking the most of any three-year stretch in the program’s history.