Track's Monique Tubbs Advances To National Semifinals

June 11, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - JU sprinter Monique Tubbs (Boston, Mass.) ran an 11.77 in the 100-meter dash Wednesday afternoon to place second in her qualifying heat and eighth overall and advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium. Tubbs, JU's only four-time All-American and national champion, will compete in the semifinals on Wednesday at 11:50 p.m. (EDT) with the top eight of the 12 runners advancing to the 100-meter dash finals on Friday.

Tubbs, the 2003 Atlantic Sun Champion in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, qualified for the NCAA National Outdoor Championships by finishing fifth at the NCAA East Regional with a time of 11.49 in the 100 meters. She entered the meet with the third-fastest qualifying time of any participants after running an 11.13 in the 100-meter dash at the Texas Relays (wind aided). In addition, Tubbs has qualified for the USA Championships on June 19 in Palo Alto, Calif., after posting a non-wind aided 100-meter time of 11.41 in the preliminaries of the Texas Relays on April 4th.

JU junior Andrea Pressley (Upper Marlboro, Md.) is also competing at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships beginning on Friday. Pressley is currently ranked No. 21 nationally in the heptathlon with 5,213 points and is awaiting an at-large bid to the USA Championships because the heptathlon was not held at any one of the four regional championships. The athletes with the top-20 highest point totals nationally in the heptathlon receive automatic bids to the national championships, in addition to a maximum of eight at-large bids.