FRIDAY, MARCH 09, 2001
Monique Tubbs Advances In NCAA Championship Meet

March 9, 2001

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Sophomore sprinter Monique Tubbs (Holborrk, Mass.) ran a personal-best 7.26 in the 60-meter dash, and posted the best time of the day to advance to the championship heat, Friday afternoon at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.

By advancing to the championship heat, Tubbs can clinch her second-consecutive All-American season by finishing the race tomorrow afternoon in Fayetteville, Ark. With a victory, Tubbs will win the national title in the event and become JU's first-ever NCAA Champion in track and field.

"Monique has been running very well lately," JU assistant track coach Phil Alicea said. "She's worked very hard to be where she is right now, but she knows that her goal has not yet been reached. We've worked all year with the goal of winning the championship, and I'm sure she'll be ready tomorrow."

Just two weeks ago, Tubbs had only qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championship meet. But last at the Nike Fast Times Meet in Gainesville, Fla., on Feb. 28, she ran a 6.78 in the 55-meter dash to clinch a spot in the championships.

Last season, Tubbs finished seventh in the NCAA with a then-personal best of 7.28 in the 60-meter dash to become JU's first female All-American in track and field.