THURSDAY, MARCH 01, 2001
Monique Tubbs Qualifies For National Championships

Feb. 28, 2001

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - JU sophomore sprinter Monique Tubbs (Holborrk, Mass.) tied her personal-best with a 6.78 to win the Nike Fast Times Indoor Track and Field Meet 55-meter dash and qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship meet next week in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tubbs' time is tied for second-best in the nation this season with Teneshia Jones of Ole Miss and helped her advance to the NCAA's for the second-consecutive season. Last year, Tubbs earned All-America status after finishing seventh at nationals in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.28.

"Monique's ability to qualify at the Nike Fast Times meet exemplifies her mental toughness and focus," assistant coach Phil Alicea said. "The hard work has paid off, and hopefully she can continue her quest of repeating as an All-American and earning a national championship."

Coming into the meet, Tubbs had already qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships and ranked 29th in the nation with a 6.90. She logged a time of 6.85 in the preliminaries on Wednesday before winning the event outright in the finals.

In other track action, Andrea Pressley (Temple Hills, Md.) finished fourth in the 55-meter low hurdles at 8.05 while Safiya Davey (Mitchville, Md.) finished fifth in the event with a time of 8.11. Lysa Lee (Roswell, Ga.), meanwhile, finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 5.22 meters.

On the men's side, Jon Underhill (Plantation, Fla.) and Boshawn Mack (Clearwater, Fla.) finished eighth and ninth in the 55-meter dash with times of 6.51 and 6.58, respectively.

Rowan Irons (Durban, South Africa) placed eighth in the 200-meter dash (23.00) and Alan Lindell (Vero Beach, Fla.) finished seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.49.