FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008
Harvey and Lundy go 1 and 2 in the long jump at the NCAA East Regionals
Juniors Natasha Harvey and Shaquania Lundy of the JU women's outdoor track & field team finished first and second in the long jump on Friday at the NCAA East Regionals in Tallahassee, Fla.
Harvey won the event with a jump of 21-02.25" and Lundy was right on her heals with a leap of 21-00.00". The next closest competitor was over a foot behind as both Dolphins earned a spot in the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on June 11.
"Natasha and Shaq were great representatives of Jacksonville University today," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "Their jumping drew a lot of attention. They will continue to train hard to represent JU throughout the summer at NCAAs and at Olympic Trials."
Junior Janel Grooms broke her own school record in the 800-meters after she ran a 2:08.21. Her 12th-place finish puts her in a pool of players with a chance to earn a bid for the NCAA Tournament. "Janel took the lead over the first 200, which is often a tactical mistake," Grigg said. "Her PR and school record will get her into the NCAA at-large pool, and we will have to wait and see if she is high enough up on the list to get invited to the National Championships."
Freshman Unique Singleton, competing in her first regionals, ran the second best time of her career after she recorded a time of 54.98 in the 400-meters.
"Unique drew lane eight today and had to run blind for more than half of the race," said Grigg "I know she is disappointed with her time, but it has been a great freshman year for her. She will have one more race tomorrow in the 4x400 with three freshmen teammates to see if they can scare the school record."
Singleton and fellow freshmen Stephanie Brown, Danielle Davenport and J'Zotta Rolle will compete in the 4x400-meter relay.
The Dolphins are currently tied for second in the meet with 18 points heading into Saturday.
2008-09 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD