MONDAY, JUNE 08, 2009
Track & field competes at NCAA Championships on Wednesday
The JU track & field team looks for one more good result as the Dolphins compete at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday in Fayetteville, Ark.
Senior Natasha Harvey, who is JU’s first athlete to compete in the NCAA Championships for four straight years, is also the first Dolphin to compete in two separate events at the national meet.
Along with competing in the long jump for the fourth straight year, Harvey joins sophomore standouts Danielle Davenport, Louise Kiernan and Unique Singleton in the 4x100-meter relay.
“I am very proud that the group has qualified for the national championships,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We’ve come to expect these things from Natasha but to have the relay here, that is full of sophomores, is really a pleasant surprise. I look forward to watching them compete against the best in the country.”
Harvey earned an at-large spot in the long jump after finishing sixth at the NCAA East Regional on May 29 with leap a of 20’9” (6.32m), her longest mark of the season. She finished second in the NCAA Championships last season with a school record jump of 21’10” (6.65m) to earn All-America honors.
In the relay, the Dolphins enter as the No. 14th seed after placing fifth in the NCAA East Regional. The group reached the finals of the regional with a time of 45.01. Despite running in lane one of the finals, the Dolphins managed to pull off a new school record by running a 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 on May 16.
JU is scheduled to run in the 4x100-meter relay preliminaries on Wednesday 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. or arkansasrazorbacks.com.
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