FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008
Natasha Harvey and Shaquania Lundy to compete in Olympic Trials
Juniors Natasha Harvey and Shaquania Lundy of the JU women's track & field team each will be in search of one of the three long jump spots on the U.S. Olympic Team as they travel to Eugene, Ore. to compete in the Olympic Trials on Monday at Hayward Field.
The 24 top American long jumpers will compete on Monday with the top 12 moving to a Thursday Final. Of the 24 there will be five collegiate athletes (including Harvey and Lundy) and 19 professionals.
"Natasha and Shaq have worked hard toward achieving the goal of competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team and they are ready," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "This is the best track meet in the United States, and tougher than the Olympics in many events. We all plan to enjoy the experience and make JU proud."
Harvey and Lundy are fresh off of competing in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 11th. Harvey earned All-America honors after finishing second in the event with a career high leap of 21-10.00".
The qualifying round for the long jump will begin at 7:05 p.m P.T. Thursday's finals start at 7:20 p.m.
Check www.judolphins.com for updates as Coach Grigg, Harvey and Lundy make their way to Oregon for this exciting event.
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The junior teammates have had a stellar season for the Dolphins having already gone 1-2 in the long jump at the NCAA East Regionals, with Harvey claiming the event with a leap of 21-03.75" on March 30. Lundy's mark of 21-00.00" placed her second.
Their combined 18 points were good enough to give the Dolphins an eighth-place finish.
Along with her recent NCAA Outdoors honors, Harvey has already earned All-America honors after claiming third in the long jump in the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships. Harvey was named "Outstanding Field Performer" at both the Atlantic Sun Indoor and Outdoor Championships this year. At the indoor event, Harvey claimed gold in the long jump, triple jump and the 60-meter hurdles, while earning a bronze medal in the 60-meter dash and outdoors she won gold medals in the long jump, heptathlon and 100-meter hurdles, while also earning silver in the triple jump and a bronze as part of the 4x100-meter relay team.
Lundy earned three silver medals in the 2008 A-Sun Indoor Championships, taking second in the long jump, triple jump and the 60-meter dash, while claiming gold in the triple jump and a silver in the long jump in the Outdoor Championships.
2008-09 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD