When I wrote about scant millimeters and a toe hovering over the board on Andrea Geubelle’s fourth jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, I was not kidding. This is the frame grab from the video of Geubelle’s jump used to disqualify what was initially ruled the winning jump. A scratch is a scratch, but this one was so very close.
There has been quite a bit of chatter from the Southern Mississippi coach that protested the jump in various sports articles. Geubelle, instead, has chosen to move on and focus on her Olympic Trial hopes while coach Stanley Redwine and the horizontal jump coach Wayne Pate prepare a strong KU contingent for the Trials. A recent conversation with Geubelle proved she is prepared for the Trials where many fans believe she is ready to do something special.
A quick note. The photograph I made of Geubelle sitting at the display board preceded event officials asking me to photograph them with Geubelle in front of the same board with their cell phones. It speaks to the admiration they had for Geubelle’s triple jump efforts no matter the final outcome.
Finally, Wayne Pate was named the national assistant track and field coach of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Pate, who is in his fifth year coaching the horizontal jumps and the multi-events, has now earned the honor four times, twice while at Indiana (2003, 2005) and twice at Kansas, both coming this year for the indoor and outdoor seasons.