Geubelle Soars on Final Day of Drake Relays

April 24, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa – Kansas freshman Andrea Geubelle had the best jump of her career Saturday at the Drake Relays, as the University Place, Wash., native leapt an outstanding 13.39m (43-11.25 ft.) to win the women’s triple jump competition. Not only was Geubelle’s mark a lifetime best, but it is currently the top mark recorded in the West region so far in the 2010 season and the second-best overall mark in Division I track and field.

Geubelle was up against stiff competition in Des Moines, including the 2010 Big 12 indoor triple jump champion, Leandra McGruder of Nebraska. But on her sixth and final jump of the day, Geubelle soared almost 44 feet, besting her opponents by nearly six inches. Lauren Martin of Indiana State was the runner up at 13.25m (43-5.75 ft.), followed by McGruder, who jumped 13.06m (42-10.25 ft.).

In addition to winning the title at the prestigious Drake Relays, Geubelle improved her standings on the Jayhawks’ all-time top performers list, as she became only the third woman in school history to jump 43 feet. Three-time All-American Crystal Manning, who holds the school record in the triple jump at 44-11.75, is the only Jayhawk who has topped Geubelle’s mark.

A few hours before being crowned champion in the triple jump at Drake Stadium, Geubelle competed in the women’s long jump, finishing seventh with a mark of 6.03m (19-09.50 ft.). Freshman Rebecca Neville was also in the field of long jumpers, as she finished 21st with a mark of 5.35m (17-06.75 ft.).

Cori Christensen, Rebeka Stowe, Amanda Miller and Lauren Bonds combined for a time of 19:32.98 in the women’s 4×1,600-meter relay, capturing sixth place overall.

Nick Canton came in 19th in the men’s high jump, after clearing 2.00m (6-06.75 ft.) and Corey Fuller and Darryl Trotter both competed in the men’s triple jump, but were unable to record a mark after fouling on each of their three attempts.

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – After recording the fourth-fastest prelim time in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, Kansas sophomore Keith Hayes finished sixth overall in the event finals Saturday at the Penn Relays. Hayes, who was one of four finalists from the Big 12 Conference, crossed the finish line in 14.12.

Hayes’ season-best time of 13.83, recorded last week at the Kansas Relays, is currently among the nation’s top 20, while ranking 11th in the West region.