TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009
Natasha Harvey earns USTFCCCA All-America honors in the long jump
As she heads out the door, senior JU track & field athlete Natasha Harvey will take one more award with her after earning All-America honors in the long jump from the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday afternoon.
With the accolades, Harvey sets a new school record with her fifth career All-America honor. Harvey passes 2009 JU Hall of Fame inductee Monique Tubbs, who earned four consecutive All-America honors in the indoor 60-meter from 2000-03.
“Earning All-America honors is a great way for Natasha to end her story book career,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Her impact on this program is immeasurable and for that I am grateful.”
The New Haven, Conn. native won five of six long jump events in the outdoor season, including winning her fourth consecutive individual conference title on May 15 with a leap of 20’8” (6.30m).
At the NCAA Regionals, Harvey recorded her longest jump of the season (20’9” (6.32m)) to place sixth and earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships. She also earned an at-large bid in the 4x100-meter after helping JU run a school record time of 44.62 to place fifth.
Harvey placed 11th in the long jump preliminaries at the NCAA Championships with a leap of 20’1.5” (6.13m) to earn a spot in her third consecutive finals. She finished 12th in the event to round out her JU career.
In her JU tenure, Harvey helped the Dolphins win the Atlantic Sun Indoor and Outdoor titles in each of her four seasons. She also has secured seven berths in the NCAA Championships, produced 18 NCAA regional qualifying marks, won 22 individual conference titles and recorded 35 all-conference honors. Harvey won “Most Outstanding Performer” meet honors at the A-Sun Championships nine times and competed with Team USA twice (2006, 2008).
Academically, Harvey graduated with a 3.58 overall GPA as an exercise science major en route to earning the School of Education “Outstanding Exercise Science Student” at graduation, JU Women “Student of the Year” in March, second team ESPN the Magazine All-District and the Dolphins first A-Sun “Student-Athlete of the Year” accolades. She also received the Senior Student-Athlete Award at the athletics banquet and was tabbed as the A-Sun’s nominee for the NCAA “Women of the Year.”