MONDAY, JUNE 08, 2009
Natasha Harvey named ESPN the Magazine Second Team Academic All-District
Senior track & field athlete Natasha Harvey has earned another honor, this time for her work in the classroom, as she was named ESPN the Magazine second team Academic All-District on Monday afternoon.

The New Haven, Conn. native recorded a 3.58 GPA as an exercise science major to receive the honor for the second year in a row. She has also earned Atlantic All-Academic honors for the last three years and was on the President’s honor roll in the final school semester. Harvey rounded out her final year being named Exercise Science and JU female “Student of the Year.”

“What else is there to say about Natasha?” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “She is an exceptional human being, who has set lofty goals both academically and athletically. Hard work and attention to detail have allowed her to be successful in both endeavors (academically and athletically). She has been an amazing ambassador to our team and school. It has been a privilege to be a witness of her growth and success.”

In 2009, Harvey helped the Dolphins win the A-Sun indoor and outdoor championships to secure JU’s fourth consecutive title sweep. She was named “Most Valuable Performer” at both meets after combining to win nine events, breaking four meet and school records and recording five NCAA regional qualifying marks (outdoor).

Harvey earned All-America honors in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the third straight year on March 13 after posing a leap of 20’9.75” (6.30m), while finishing the outdoor season qualifying for the NCAA regionals in six different events.

At the regionals, Harvey finished sixth in the long jump (20’9” (6.32m)) and ran a leg of the 4x100-meter relay (44.62) that placed fifth to earn at-large bids in the NCAA Championships. She also posted a good time in the 100-meter hurdles (13.65) to earn another at-large position, but will only compete in the long jump and 4x100-meter relay.

Harvey along with sophomores Danielle Davenport, Louise Kiernan and Unique Singleton compete on Wednesday at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.