Natasha Harvey ranks second in the long jump on's Dandy Dozen Polls

Feb. 1, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Natasha Harvey is ranked second in the long jump on's Dandy Dozen Polls, as announced by the website on Thursday.

This is Harvey's highest career ranking in the national polls after finishing in the top two spots of the long jump for three straight indoor track meets.

"The Dandy Dozen ranking is a nice recognition for both Natasha and Jacksonville University," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "It shows Tasha has been recognized as one of the NCAA's elite competitors. However, it is only a ranking, and the real achievement will have to come on the runway at the NCAA Championships in March."

Harvey opened the 2007 indoor track season with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 20'9" to finish second overall and rank as the top collegian in the long jump at the Florida Intercollegiate on Jan. 13.

The mark also ranked second in the nation and surpassed the Atlantic Sun Conference indoor record (19-01.25, 5.82m) by nearly 20 inches, which earned her fourth career "Athlete of the Week" honor by the league office.

Less than a week later, she finished first in the long jump pentathlon at the Razorback Invitational with a mark of 19'8.25" on Jan. 19. The jump helped her place third overall in the pentathlon with 3,626 points.

On Jan. 27, Harvey tallied a jump of 20'5.25" to finish second in the event at the Diet Pepsi Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

Harvey and the JU track team will train the next two weeks before heading to Johnson City, Tenn. for the A-Sun Indoor Track and Field Championships to defend their 2006 title on Feb. 16-17.