SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2001
Monique Tubbs Captures NCAA Championship in 60-Meter Dash

March 11, 2001

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Monique Tubbs (Holbrook, Mass.) overcame a slow start to run a 7.29 in the 60-meter dash and capture the NCAA Division I National Championship late Saturday night at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Tubbs, who was the only freshman to compete in the finals last year, becomes JU's first national champion and the Dolphins' first two-time All-American in track and field. By virtue of Tubb's performance, Jacksonville finished 22nd overall at the Championships, the best finish in school history.

The Sophomore sprinter earned a spot in the finals by running a personal-best 7.26 in the preliminaries on Friday night, which was the fastest time at the 2001 Championships and only .05 off the NCAA Meet record of 7.21 set by Florida State's Tonya Carter last March. Last year, Tubbs placed placed seventh in the finals by running a 7.37 after qualifying with a 7.31 in the preliminaries.

"We're so excited for Monique because of all the hard work she put in to accomplish such a great feat," said JU track and field coach Becky Motley. "She really worked hard to improve on last year's performance and has really made everyone at Jacksonville University proud."

Shavonda Benjamin of Florida finished second with a 7.31, followed by Arizona's Brianna Glenn (7.35), Indiana's Rachelle Boone (7.37) and UCLA's Shakedia Jones (7.40), respectively. UCLA Captured the team title scoring a 53.50 to best second-place South Carolina (40.0) by more than 10 points.

Tubbs was only a provisional qualifier for the meet until two weeks ago when she ran a 6.78 in the 55-meter dash at the Nike Fast Times meet on Feb. 28 in Gainesville, Fla. to clinch a spot in the Championships.