Dolphins give strong showing at Tom Jones Memorial Classic

Jan. 27, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The JU indoor track and field team had its second strong showing in as many weeks as it competed in the Tom Jones Memorial Classic this weekend in Gainesville, Fla.

Junior Natasha Harvey led the way for the Dolphins, finishing second overall in the long jump and first out of the collegiate competitors. Her jump of 20-9.75" is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and is the third best jump in the country so far.

"We saw improvement today," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "I look forward to the next few weeks to get back to training before competing again at Clemson."

Harvey is now the second Dolphins this season to break an NCAA provisional qualifying mark after fellow junior Shaquania Lundy did so in the triple jump last weekend.

"Natasha's jump was nice, but there is more there for both her and Shaq," Grigg said. "I am excited to see what they will do in the coming months."

Sophomore Elsabeth Goshu and senior Danielle Coyle finished 24th and 34th in the 3000-meters respectively.

"I was really pleased with the distance group," said Grigg. "Coach Byrne has them pointed in the right direction and everyone showed significant gains from last week's races. This group will be instrumental in our attempt to challenge for the A-Sun Championships."

Freshman Danielle Davenport was the first Dolphins finisher in the 55 and 200-meter events.

"The freshmen continue to learn," Grigg said. They are taking babysteps each time they compete and"

Junior Simone Clark qualified for the finals in the 55-meter hurdles after recording a time of 8.16 in the preliminaries, before eventually finishing 16th.

"Simone's prelim in the 55h shows me she is on track to race well this year," said Grigg.

The Dolphins will be in action again on Feb. 15, taking part in the Tiger Invitational in Clemson, S.C.