FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2008
Natasha Harvey earns All-America honors at NCAA Indoor Championships!

March 14, 2008

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Junior Natasha Harvey of the JU women's indoor track & field team earned All-America honors in the long jump after she finished third in the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday.

Harvey set a school and personal best with a mark of 21-8.00" in her first jump of the day.

"I am very proud of her and everything she has accomplished this year," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "She is an amazing competitor and for her to record the second longest jump by an American this year is pretty special. It really is a tribute to all her hard work."

Shaquania Lundy also competed in the long jump and finished 16th with a jump of 19-08.75".

"I know she is disappointed by her distance," Grigg said. "She was ready to compete earlier than she needed to be and was flat by the time the competition came around. That was my fault for mistiming the warm-up."

Mississippi junior Brittney Reese won the long jump with a mark of 22-02.25".

It was the second year in a row that Harvey earned All-America honors, after she finished fourth in the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships with a mark of 20-10.75".

Harvey and Lundy qualified for the meet after reaching NCAA automatic qualifying marks in the Atlantic Sun Championship on March 1, finishing one-two and helping the Dolphins' claim their third consecutive conference title with jumps of 21-5.25" and 21-4.75", respectively.

Harvey, Lundy and the rest of the Dolphins will begin their assault on winning their third consecutive outdoor A-Sun title as they open the 2008 outdoor season on March 27 in Tallahassee, Fla. at the FSU Relays.