THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
Natasha Harvey competes in long jump at NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday
The JU track & field team may be off this week, but senior Natasha Harvey is stil in competition mode as she heads to College Station, Texas to compete in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships on Friday.

The West Haven, Conn. native is competing in her third consecutive long jump at the indoor championships after earning All-America honors in the last two meets-placing second in 2008 (21’8” (6.60m)) and fourth in 2007 (20’10.75” (6.36m)).

“This has been my best season a JU and I can only expect it to get better at NCAA's,” said Harvey. “I am feeling a host of emotions going in to College Station but the most important right now is confidence. This weekend is going to be special. I am ready for a fight, a fight for first place and I am praying to win.”

“Natasha is a seasoned veteran of NCAA Championships,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “She knows exactly what do to and how to do it. She has set lofty goals for herself and I am excited to watch her go after them.”

Harvey qualified for the NCAA Championships in her first meet of the season at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic on Jan. 24 with a leap of 20’11.75” (6.39m) on her first attempt. She bettered that mark less than two jumps later with a 21’0.5” (6.41m) to take second place at the classic.

Two weeks later, Harvey broke her previous qualifying mark with a jump of 21’4” (6.50m) to finish first at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational. She won the long jump at the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships on Feb. 20 with a season and personal best 21’8” (6.60m).

The long jump trials and finals for the 45th NCAA Indoor Championships is set for 4:15 p.m. EST. Fans can follow the action from the entire meet by logging onto aggieathletics.com or ncaa.com.