THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009
Natasha Harvey wraps up the long jump finals at the NCAA Championship
Senior JU track & field athlete Natasha Harvey didn’t get the ultimate result she wanted in her final meet as a Dolphin after placing 12th in the long jump at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. on Thursday evening.

Harvey earned a place in her third consecutive finals after recording a leap of 20’1.5” (6.13m) to finish 11th in the yesterday’s preliminaries, but fouled on her first two jumps today’s competition. She recorded a leap of 19’5.5” (5.93m) on her final jump, which put her outside of the final nine to battle for the national title.

“Natasha had lofty goals and just couldn’t get the finish she wanted today,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “She hasn’t been fully healthy since the end of indoors, but today’s result will not tarnish all the amazing things she has accomplished. I’m confident she will be one of the best jumpers for Team USA in the future.”

Despite the today’s outcome, Harvey officially closes the book to a long and illustrious career with the Dolphins.

On the track, Harvey helped the Dolphins win both the Atlantic Sun Indoor and Outdoor titles in each of her four years. She earned four All-America honors in the long jump, secured seven berths in the NCAA Championships, produced 18 NCAA regional qualifying marks, won 22 individual conference titles and recorded 35 all-conference honors. Harvey also won “Most Outstanding Performer” meet honors at the A-Sun Championships nine times and competed with Team USA twice (2006, 2008).

In the community, Harvey’s resume is just as good as the one on the track. She has worked with the Girls on the Run, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Pace Center for Girls and the Daniel Foundation. Harvey has led bibles studies for friends and teammates as a peer minister through the Jacksonville Campus Ministries, while also working with various community efforts on campus like the Spring Spruce Up

The New Haven, Conn. native graduated with an overall GPA of 3.58 GPA as an exercise science major and posted a 3.73 GPA in her study to being named the School of Education “Outstanding Exercise Science Student” at graduation.

Harvey was named JU’s female “Student of the Year” in March and recently earned ESPN the Magazine second team Academic All-District honors for the second year in a row. On June 9th, she and former men’s soccer player Anton Axelsson became the first Dolphins in school history to be named A-Sun “Student-Athlete of the Year” since JU joined the conference in 1999.

At the athletics banquet, Harvey was given the Dolphins highest individual honor, the Senior Student-Athlete Award. The award is given to the top senior student-athlete at Jacksonville who has excelled at the highest level in the classroom and in her sport, while serving as a benefit to the community.

Harvey has also been chosen by the conference faculty athletic representatives (FAR) to be the A-Sun nominee for the NCAA “Woman of the Year.” The NCAA “Woman of the Year” honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.