Track and Field fares well in first day of Razorback Invitational

Jan. 19, 2007

FAYAETTEVILLE, Ark. - Sophomore Natasha Harvey finished third in the women's pentathlon to be one of several Jacksonville University track and field athletes to perform well in the first day of the Razorback Invitational on Friday night.

"I was very pleased with the pentathlon," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "Natasha just missed a provisional qualifier. Emelie Arvidsson high jumped well, while Simone Clark and Tiffany Bromfield hurdled well.

"In the field and track events we saw improvement across the board. I was most pleased with the distance medley relay. I am hoping tomorrow brings the same level of competitiveness."

Harvey, who won the 2006 Atlantic Sun Indoor Track women's pentathlon, finished with a near NCAA qualifying mark of 3,626 points after placing first in the long jump (19'8.25") and shot put (35-02). She also finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.82 and placed fifth in the 800-meter dash with 2:37.60. Harvey wrapped up the night with an eighth place finish in the high jump (4'8.75").

Clark took fifth in the pentathlon by finishing third in the 60-meter hurdles (8.87) and sixth in the high jump (5'0.25").

Arvidsson finished sixth in the pentathlon after producing a second place mark in the high jump with a 5'3.75", while Bromfield finished sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.04) to take seventh in her first pentathlon.

In other events, senior Janita Ocana ran a time of 24.80 to finish 11th in the 200-meter dash and sophomore Shaquania Lundy finished 11th in the long jump with a mark of 17'10.25.

JU took fourth overall in the distance medley with a time of 12:26.42 to round out the day.

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