Natasha Harvey leaps her way into Atlantic Sun “Athlete of the Week” honors
Senior Natasha Harvey didn’t show too much summer rust in her first meet of the season as she recorded the second-best long jump nationally at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic on Jan. 24 en route to earning Atlantic Sun “Athlete of the Week.”

Harvey earns her sixth career A-Sun “Athlete of the Week” honor after finishing as the top collegian (second overall) in the long jump with a NCAA qualifying leap of 21’0.5” (6.41m). She opened the event with a qualifying mark of 20’11.75” (6.39m) before bettering the mark less than two leaps later.

This is the third consecutive season she has qualified for the long jump in the NCAA Indoor Championships. Harvey earned All-America honors in each of the last two seasons at the meets, finishing fourth overall in 2007 and third in 2008.

“This is Natasha’s senior year and she has set very high goals,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Getting the automatic qualifier in her first trip down the runway is the perfect first step towards achieving those goals. Natasha sets such a high standard for our program because there were likely three other athletes on our team that could have made a claim to this honor.”

Later in the Tom Jones Memorial Classic, Harvey posted a personal best time of 8.02 to qualify for the finals of the 55-meter hurdles.

Along with Harvey’s marks, the Dolphins also had three school records and two other personal bests set to wrap up their first indoor meet.

The Dolphins are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 7, when they head back to Gainesville, Fla. for the Jimmy Carnes Invitational.