THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2003
Monique Tubbs, Safiya Davy Head to NCAA Track and Field East Regional Championships

May 29, 2003

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University junior hurdler Safiya Davy (Mitchellville, Md.) and junior sprinter Monique Tubbs (Boston, Mass.) will be competing in the inaugural NCAA East Regional Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday in Fairfax, Va., at George Mason University at George Mason Stadium. Division I athletes from more than 100 schools will be vying for the opportunity to compete at the NCAA National Championships, June 11-14, at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif.

Tubbs, the Atlantic Sun Champion in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, enters the championship with the No. 1 time in the East Region in the 100 with a wind-aided time of 11.13, which she achieved back in April at the Texas Relays. Tubbs set new school records this season in the 100 and as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team, in addition to setting a new UCF Track record at the A-Sun Championships in the 100.

Davy enters the championship in the 100-meter hurdles tied for the seventh-best time in the East Region with a mark of 13.56, which she achieved at the Florida Track and Field Classic earlier this month. At the A-Sun Championships in April, Davy broke her own conference record in the 100-meter hurdles en route to capturing her third-straight conference title.

Tubbs and Davy each need to finish in the top five in their respective event to qualify for the national championships next month at Sacramento State. If Tubbs falls out of the top five in the finals in the 100, it is likely she will earn an at-large bid because she has the No. 1 time in the 100 in the East Region and the third-best time nationally.

Junior Andrea Pressley (Upper Marlboro, Md.) is currently ranked No. 21 nationally in the heptathlon with 5,213 points and is awaiting an at-large bid to the NCAA National Championships because the heptathlon is not held at any one of the four regional championships. The athletes with the top 20 highest point totals nationally in the heptathlon receive automatic bids to the national championships, in addition to a maximum of eight at-large bids.

To qualify for regional competition, athletes must have met a preset standard or won the event at a conference championship. The 2003 NCAA National Track and Field Championships will feature the largest number of athletes assembled for an NCAA Championship event.