KU Jumper Turning Fault Into Fuel

By: J.B. Bauersfeld Email
By: J.B. Bauersfeld Email

Andrea Geubelle, a senior sprinter and jumper at the University of Kansas has all of the tools a jumper needs. "I will never walk off a track and think: 'I didn't leave everything out there.'" Geubelle asserted.

According to KU jumps coach Wayne Pate, Andrea has used a rare combination of drive, hard work and talent to achieve her goals.

"She's one of those people that's willing to sacrifice to get a little extra." Pate says.

In 2012, however, it was another type of little extra that cost her. At the outdoor meet in Des Moines, Geubelle, the reigning indoor triple jump champ, posted a mark of 46' 11.75", the best jump of the day by 4.5 inches; but as she was celebrating her title, another school's coach filed a protest of Andrea's winning mark.

When officials checked the video, Geubelle's top jump was deemed a scratch by a fraction of an inch and wiped out. Andrea had to settle for he next best clean jump, a foot and a half shorter, dropping her to 3rd place.

"It still brings a little bit of bitterness back. It's sad, it was an opportunity that was taken away. But at the same time, it's created the jumper that I am today. So many things have come out of it; I'm more than just a triple jumper." Guebelle said. "My mentality in track and field is totally different."

Pate echoed that sentiment. "She's more focused on taking advantage of every moment rather than expecting things to happen later... It was an eye opening experience that she's trying to take advantage of.

That focus and that fuel have been evident. This winter, Geubelle repeated as NCAA indoor triple jump champ and added a national long jump title as well, a rare double. Now, Geubelle will try to duplicate the feat at the NCAA outdoor meet in Eugene Oregon.

"Repeating indoors is gonna be tough... I hope to repeat but we'll see what happens," Geubelle said.

"There's always a chance," Pate says through a smile. "I've stopped putting things past Andrea because she's always trying to prove me wrong."

- Geubelle will jump in the Long Jump on Wednesday and the triple jump on Friday.

- K-State's Erik Kynard will try to make it 3 straight NCAA Outdoor high jump titles on Friday

- The KU women are ranked #1 in the nation entering the meet. The Kansas men are also in the top 15.

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