Monique Tubbs, Jacksonville
Track & Field
Monique Tubbs was the first track and field student-athlete that Ron Grigg recruited when he began his coaching career at Jacksonville University. Twenty A-Sun Indoor and Outdoor Championships later, Grigg says that what followed was the development of the JU program and an expectation of excellence that clearly began with Tubbs’ influence on and off the track.
It is fitting that Tubbs was a sprinter, because as quickly as she arrived on campus she made an impact. As a freshman in 2000, Tubbs burst onto the scene, winning the 100 and 200 meters at the A-Sun Outdoor Championship and placing seventh in the 60 meters at the NCAA Championships.
With a bevy of program firsts that included racing to the top mark at the 2001 NCAA National Championship in the Indoor 60m (7.29) as a sophomore, “firsts” and Monique Tubbs became synonymous. That effort helped Tubbs become JU’s first female NCAA Champion. By the end of her career she had also become the program’s only four-time All-America honoree and earned respect that would distinguish her among her peers at JU, in the A-Sun and nationally.
She became the only A-Sun female track and field athlete to win the outdoor 100 meters three times (2000, 2001, 2003) and is the only female in conference history to win both the 100 and 200 meters at the same Championship meet on two different occasions (2000, 2003). With victories in the 200 meters in 2000 and 2003, she is one of only two female student-athletes to claim that title at two separate A-Sun Championships.
As a senior in 2003, Tubbs earned Most Outstanding Performer status at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships. She then went on to finish third in the 60 meters and 16th in the 100 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Tubbs still currently owns the second-fastest 100- and 200-meter times in A-Sun Championship history.
Also a JU and Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Famer, Tubbs turned down offers to remain in track and field after graduation in order to focus on the career she had prepared for as a student-athlete. She remains in Jacksonville and has continued to help shape the future of the university by serving a term as a member of the JU Board of Trustees