TUESDAY, JUNE 06, 2006
Natasha Harvey competes in the long jump at the NCAA National Championships

June 6, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Freshman Natasha Harvey will represent the Jacksonville University track team in the long jump at the NCAA National Championships on Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif.

"Tasha is having a wonderful season," said JU head coach Ron Grigg. "Making to the NCAAs as a freshman is a great accomplishment. If she can maintain her consistency, she will do very well."

Harvey qualified for the championship at the NCAA East Regional on May 26 by recording a mark of 21'1.25" to place fourth in the long jump.

Harvey's long jump success began at the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track Championship on April 15. At the meet, she set a school and outdoor championship record with a jump of 20'9" to earn "Most Outstanding Freshman Performer" honors.

She would shatter the school record again the following week at the LSU Alumni Invitational by tallying a 20'10" to finish third in the long jump.

At the FSU Twilight, Harvey broke the school record for the third consecutive meet by recording one of the nation's best jumps at 21'5.25" to finish first.

Her jump at the FSU Twilight leads the World Juniors list, while also ranking fifth among all U.S. women and 25th in the world. The mark is also tied for seventh all-time on the U.S. juniors list.

Harvey will begin her long jump qualifying on Wednesday at 4:15 p.m.