SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2009
Track & field finishes NCAA East Regional on a good note
The JU track & field team broke the school record in the 4x100-meter relay for the second time in less three weeks to finish well at the NCAA East Regional on Friday in Greensboro, N.C.

Despite running in lane one, senior Natasha Harvey along with sophomores Danielle Danvenport, Louise Kiernan and Unique Singleton ran a new school best of 44.62 to take fifth in the relay. With the strong time, the Dolphins have a chance to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships on June 10.

“Yesterday, we gave away a chance to run fast,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Even though we got in lane one, the kids believed in their talent and ran confidently and aggressively in the relay to put up a good performance. To do well against the caliber of teams here is truly a special moment for our program.”

The 4x100-meter relay has been one of JU’s strongest events this season. The Dolphins won all five of their attempts during the regular season, including winning the conference title in the event on May 16 with a then school record of 44.62. Yesterday, the group earned a spot in the finals by posting a time of 45.01 for a third place finish.

Harvey also has chance to earn an at-large bid to the national meet in the long jump and 100-meter hurdles. She recorded a leap of 20’9” (6.32m) to place fifth in the long jump, which is high on the national lists. Harvey ranks high in the hurdles after recording a time of 13.65 in yesterday’s preliminaries.

The Dolphins will learn if they are in the NCAA Championships on Tuesday afternoon when the track & field committee releases the full list of the competitors.