MONDAY, JULY 13, 2009
Track & field places six on USTFCCCA all-academic team
The JU track & field team continues to find its way into the limelight as the Dolphins had six athletes earn United States Track & Field & Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team accolades on Monday afternoon.

Senior Natasha Harvey and junior Hillary Crook as well as sophomores Danielle Davenport, Louise Kiernan, Susanne Klungtveit and Unique Singleton each received the honor to represent the Dolphins.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, an athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and must have met the NCAA Division I regional or national qualifying standard in her event.

“The USTFCCCA All-Academic Team recognizes the combination of academic and athletic successes,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “These six women are great ambassadors of our program. They show that while we compete to achieve at the highest levels in our sport, we also strive to achieve academic distinction with our studies. Student-athletes like these make our university proud.”

On the track, Harvey paced the group with nine NCAA regional qualifiers during the outdoor season. Harvey also earned All-America honors in the long jump at both NCAA Championships to round out her career.

Harvey, Davenport, Kiernan and Singleton combined to win all five of the Dolphins’ 4x100-meter relay attempts during the outdoor season, including winning the conference title with a school record time of 44.82. At the NCAA regionals, they broke the school record in the event again with a time of 44.62 to place fifth and receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships.

Crook won the shot put (44’6.25”) at the A-Sun Outdoor Championship, while Klungtveit won the 3,000-meter steeplechase conference title with a time of 10:36 to earn regional qualifying spots.