TUESDAY, MARCH 05, 2002
Monique Tubbs Prepares to Defend Title at NCAA Indoors Meet

March 5, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU sprinter Monique Tubbs (Holbrook, Mass.) looks to defend her 2001 NCAA 60-meter dash title, becoming the first woman ever to do so, after qualifying for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships for the third consecutive year. Tubbs, who is JU's first national champion and two-time All-American, will compete in the national indoor meet March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tubbs, who did not qualify last year until late in the indoor season, repeated the cycle this season, provisionally qualifying in the second half of the season when she ran a 6.89 in the 55-meter dash at the Gator Invitational on Feb. 10. Still needing a faster time to ensure a place in the national meet, the junior sprinter ran a 6.87 in the 55-meter dash in the final meet of the season on Feb. 28 at the Fast Times Qualifier. Tubbs ran her fastest time of the year in the NCAA meet last year with a time of 7.26 in the prelims before running a 7.28 to take the title. She looks to produce the same result this year.

"We are glad to be making the return trip to the championship meet," said associate head coach Ron Grigg. Monique's goal all season has been to return to the NCAA Championships for a chance to run faster than she ever has before and through her hard work she has achieved the first half of that goal and has put herself in position to achieve the second half."

Tubbs will compete in the 60-meter prelims on Friday, Mar. 8 at 5:45 p.m. The finals will be held on Saturday, Mar. 9 at 7:05 p.m.