Ex-Jayhawk Geubelle qualifies for Olympics in triple jump

Andrea Geubelle competes during the women’s triple jump final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Eugene Ore.

— Kansas University product Andrea Geubelle, a three-time NCAA champion for KU from 2010-13, qualified for the Rio Olympics by placing third in the triple jump at the U.S. Trials on Thursday night at Hayward Field.

“It’s pretty sweet,” Geubelle said. “I had no idea what I was coming into because we had two girls with the standard and a handful that are right there. I’m dealing with injuries. I don’t really know what’s going on with my heel, but I had six jumps to leave it all out there on the track, and I walked out knowing that I did.

“Third place … as a competitor, I’d love to get first place, but I’m going to Rio and representing the USA, and I can’t be more excited.”

Geubelle opened her day with a mark of 45-01⁄4 on the first attempt of six, then went 45-91⁄4 on her fifth attempt.

Geubelle is the second current or former KU track athlete to qualify for Rio this year after Daina Levy qualified in the hammer throw.

Two other former KU athletes competed in the Trials on Thursday. Crystal Manning was 11th in the women’s triple jump at 43-01⁄4.

And Mason Finley was first in the men’s discus preliminares with a throw of 218-11 to qualify for tonight’s finals.

“It was awesome — a lifetime best on my first throw,” Mason said. “I think the rain slowed me down to where I wasn’t throwing on an impulse. It shows I don’t have to kill it. My dad and my coaches have been telling me that forever.”

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Brett McCabe

RCJHK! If memory serves, sh finished high enough in the standings for London but didn't meet the international standard. Now....she's an Olympian! congrats Andrea!

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Michael Maris

You are correct. And, she's been battling injuries for almost 2 years (now). But, she's Olympian now. Her roots go back to Protection, Kansas. Her Maternal Grandfather is my Uncle. We are all very proud of her (on all sides of her family tree).

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Ryan Woods

This is great news! After watching her go through two outdoor NCAA championships with unfortunate triple jump results, it's wonderful to know her hard work has paid off. She helped the KU women's team bring home a national championship and hopefully she'll now help bring home the most medals in the Olympics.

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Don Everett

Good luck and bring home the gold!!!!

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Jennifer Nikkila Pressgrove

My husband and I are in Eugene for the trials. We yelled "Rock Chalk" to Andrea when she ran her victory lap. It's the first time since 96 that all three American triple jumpers met the standard for the Olympics. We could tell Andrea was a little bit hobbled - she limped a bit after her fourth jump but stepped up on her fifth jump. Finley is competing with a "Kansas" shirt on, which is cool for Jayhawks track fans since he left the program before he graduated. His best throw was massive. Nobody even came close. Maybe some of the other favorites were holding back in qualifying. Rain is in the forecast again, maybe that's Finley's secret weapon.

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Clarence Haynes

Once a Jayhawk, always a Jayhawk!

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