EUGENE, Ore. — The Washington Huskies made a quiet exit from the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday.
The Kansas Jayhawks … not so much.
Members of the top-ranked Kansas women’s team, led by former Curtis High School star Andrea Geubelle, celebrated the program’s first NCAA title by alternately screaming and hugging everyone in sight and singing the alma mater song – quite horribly.
“Stick to track,” one bystander joked.
“I thought we sounded pretty on pitch,” Geubelle said with a mischievous grin.
Geubelle, who finished second in the long and triple jumps earlier in the week, scored a team-high 16 of Kansas’ 60 points.
“No individual title could feel any better than a team title,” said Geubelle, who was left in tears Wednesday and Friday when she failed to capture her first NCAA outdoors title. She won the triple and long jumps at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.
“I had a rough meet, obviously. … I put a lot of pressure on myself,” Geubelle said.
However, no woman in Kansas track history won more outdoors All-America honors (seven) or scored more points (27) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships than Geubelle, who heads to the U.S. nationals in two weeks in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Huskies were left off the scoreboard when their three remaining athletes – all in the men’s javelin – fell far short of placing (top eight).
The UW men finished tied for 28th with eight points, all provided by decathlon runner-up Jeremy Taiwo.
The UW women tied for 29th behind the nine points that distance runner Megan Goethals delivered with two top-five finishes.
Host Oregon came in third in the women’s team race (after four straight second-place finishes) and fourth among men. Top-ranked Texas A&M shared the men’s team title with fourth-ranked Florida. The Gators won the 1,600 relay, the meet’s final event, and the Aggies came in last after a dropped baton on the first exchange.
Clemson redshirt junior Brianna Rollins provided Saturday’s individual highlight, breaking the collegiate 100 hurdles record for the second time in three days. Her time of 12.39 was the fastest time in the world this year.
Louisiana State senior Kimberlyn Duncan tied college and meet all-conditions records when she clocked a wind-aided 22.04 in the 200.
U.S. Olympian Tia Brooks wrapped up her Oklahoma career by tying the meet record of 62 feet, 1/2 inch in the shot put.
Arizona senior Brigetta Barrett, last year’s Olympic silver medalist, won the high jump (6-43/4) for the third straight year. Arizona junior Lawi Lalang backed up his Thursday night victory in the 10,000 by winning the 5,000 in 13:35.19.