Sprinter Monique Tubbs Finishes 8th in National Semifinal Heat

June 12, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - JU sprinter Monique Tubbs (Boston, Mass.) ran an 11.80 in the 100-meter dash Wednesday night to finish eighth in her semifinal heat and 16th overall at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium. Tubbs, JU's only four-time All-American and national champion, did not qualify for the fianls and will now set her sights on 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. Junior heptathlete Andrea Pressley (Upper Marlboro, Md.) will begin competition on Friday, starting with the high jump at 11 a.m. PDT.

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).

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.