Miscues end season for Natasha Harvey and Janel Grooms at NCAA Championships

June 7, 2007

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It was a bittersweet end to the 2007 season for JU track sophomores Natasha Harvey and Janel Grooms at the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, Calif. on Thursday night.

Harvey was competing in her first long jump final after placing fourth in the preliminaries with a leap of 21'3.5 (6.49m), but recorded three fouls to miss joining the final nine jumpers for the national title round.

Grooms, who was running in her first NCAA Championships, was unable to qualify for the 400-meter hurdles semifinals after recording a time of 1:00.17 to finish 23rd in the preliminaries. She would have needed to finish within the top 16 to advance to the semifinals.

"It just wasn't their day," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "Tasha and Janel faltered a little, which hurt them from advancing.

"Overall, I'm just proud of the way they both competed for us this year. They improved greatly from their freshman season, which helped us take home another set of titles. We will look forward to them and our team improving some more so we can bring some more athletes out here to represent JU."

Despite not advancing at the NCAA Championships, Harvey and Grooms each had a large hand in help the Dolphins earn their second consecutive Atlantic Sun Indoor and Outdoor Track Championships.

Harvey earned team MVP honors after recording almost 30 of JU's overall points at the A-Sun Indoor and Outdoor Championship meets. She recorded 28 points the indoor meet after winning the 60-meter hurdles (8.72), while finishing second in the long jump (19'5.5") and triple jump (37'00.25"). She would later earn a meet-high 36 points at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships in Johnson City, Tenn. on May 11-12. Harvey earned first-place marks in the long jump (20'3.5") and 100-meter hurdles (14.21) to help JU earn its second straight outdoor title.

Harvey also became the third JU track athlete in school history to earn All-America honors by placing fourth in the long jump with a leap of 20'10.75" (6.37m) at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships on March 9.

Grooms set school records in the 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles and 800-meter dash during her breakout sophomore season. She won the 400-meter dash at both conference meets and earned first-place accolades in the 400-meter hurdles at the A-Sun Outdoor Championship to earn "Most Outstanding Performer" honors.

Grooms earned an at-large invitation to her first NCAA Championships after earning the 21st best 400-meter hurdle time (58.37) in the nation during the preliminaries at the NCAA East Regional on May 26.

Harvey and Grooms are each now off for the summer and will join the Dolphins in the fall to start training for a chance at another A-Sun Track Championship.