JU Track and Field Dominates at Blue Heaven Rumble

Jan. 27, 2002

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.- - Junior NCAA 60-meter dash champ Monique Tubbs (Holbrook, Mass.) returned to championship form as she garnered her first first-place finish of the season, winning the 60-meter dash in the Blue Heaven Rumble this weekend in Chapel Hill, NC.

Tubbs, who normally excels in late season performances, showed that she has a legitimate shot at becoming the first back-to-back 60-meter national champion by winning her preliminary heat with a season-best time of 7.46. She then overcame a bad start to win the final in a time of 7.50.

Tubbs, however, was not the only Dolphin athlete to perform well this weekend. Junior hurdler Safiya Davy (Mitchellville, Md.) posted two of the best performances of her collegiate career in the 60-meter hurdles. Davy turned in a personal best time of 8.61 and a first-place finish in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles. In the finals, Davy finished second, with a time of 8.62, and was the first collegiate runner to finish. "Safiya had two solid races against good competition. Continued performances at the indoor distances should forecast great outdoor times in the 100-meter hurdles," says JU associate track and field coach Ron Grigg.

Junior Andrea Pressley (Temple Hills, Md.), who competed in the pentathlon, finished third overall with a score of 3,485.

Next week Tubbs will compete in the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas, one of the nation's top meets, which will also showcase some of the best professional athletes in the country. The remainder of the team will continue to train for its next meet at the Gator Invitaional on Feb. 10 in Gainesville.