TUESDAY, JUNE 02, 2009
Track & field sends a program-record four athletes to NCAA Championships
The JU track & field team has set another milestone as the Dolphins will have a school-record four athletes compete at the NCAA Championships starting June 10 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Senior Natasha Harvey along with sophomore standouts Danielle Davenport, Louise Kiernan and Unique Singleton got an at-large bid for the 4x100-meter relay. Harvey also earned an at-large invitation in the long jump, marking the fourth consecutive year she will compete in the event.

“We are excited to take our largest group ever to the NCAA Championships,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Natasha is a veteran of this level of competition. I am so proud of the 4 x 100 meter relay squad as well. Three sophomores will join Natasha for an experience of a lifetime.”

The Dolphins earned the No. 14 seed in the relay after placing fifth in the NCAA East Regional with a time of 44.62. The relay group won all five of its attempts during the regular season, including winning the conference title in the event with a meet record time of 44.82.

Harvey, who enters the championships as the 20th seed in the long jump, posted her longest leap of the season with a mark of 20’9” (6.32m) to take sixth in the NCAA East Regional. She finished second in the NCAA Championships last season with a leap of 21’10” (6.65m) to earn All-America honors.

Harvey also ran fast enough in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA regionals (13.65) and the Atlantic Sun Championship (13.38) to qualify for the national meet as an at-large, but will not compete in the event because it conflicts with the long jump finals at the championships.

JU is scheduled to run in the 4x100-meter relay preliminaries on June 10 at 5 p.m. CT, while the long jump will take place at 7:30 p.m. CT that evening.

Fans can follow all the action from the meet through live stats by logging onto ncaa.com.