Former Jacksonville University track star Monique Tubbs is one of six athletes chosen for The Atlantic Sun Conference inaugural Hall of Fame Class announced Wednesday, Sept, 9. (UPDATE: See a story on her induction here.)
Tubbs was the first track and field student-athlete that Head Coach Ron Grigg recruited when he began his coaching career at Jacksonville. Twenty A-Sun Indoor and Outdoor Championships later, 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.
“I am extremely honored to be selected as part of the inaugural A-Sun Hall of Fame class,” said Tubbs. “Being selected into a Hall of Fame is the biggest achievement that an athlete can attain, and to be selected into the first ever Hall of Fame is an added caveat that will go in my record book for sure! Being a pioneer of the JU track program was what brought me to this conference many years ago, and I am filled with great joy and excitement to have earned a pioneer spot in the A-Sun Hall of Fame class as well.”
With a bevy of program firsts that included racing to the top mark in 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 and by the end of her career she had also become the program’s only four-time All-America honoree. She became the only A-Sun female track and field athlete to win the outdoor 100 meters three times and is the only female in conference history to win both the 100 & 200 meters in the same championship meet twice. With victories in the 200 meters in 2000 and 2003, she is one of only two female student-athletes to claim that title on two separate occasions.