FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009
Natasha Harvey earns All-America honors in long jump at NCAA Indoor Championships
Senior Natasha Harvey earned her third consecutive All-America honors in the long jump with a leap of 20’9.75” (6.30m) at the 45th NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas on Friday night.

Harvey got off a jump of 20’7” (6.27m) on her last attempt of the preliminaries to advance to the finals. She fouled on her first two jumps in the finals, but landed her final leap to finish eighth and get her third consecutive All-America accolade.

Boise State senior Eleni Kafourou won the national title in the event with a leap of 21’5.25” (6.53m).

“Natasha was getting faster and faster with her approaches,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “I wasn’t able to help her with the adjustments she needed and that resulted in two fouls in the each round. We both know that the big jump is in her and hope to see it for the outdoor meets. Overall, there is nothing wrong with earning All-America honors.”

Along with her three All-America honors, Harvey wraps her indoor career leading the Dolphins to four Atlantic Sun titles. She was named conference performer of the meet on five occasions, while set four school and conference meet records.

Harvey and the Dolphins will get back into the outdoor schedule next weekend with they compete in the FSU Relays starting March 26.