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Cougars Shine at Top Times Open

DeVonte Tincher, Brittney Gibbs
DeVonte Tincher, Brittney Gibbs

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The SIUE track and field teams had an impressive outing at the Top Times Titan Open Saturday.

The Cougars brought only sprinters and jumpers to compete in Bloomington, Illinois.

"The group really impressed me today," Assistant Coach Joey Pacione said. "They showed up and competed extremely hard."

In the men's sprints, Bobby Kaluza placed first in the 60m hurdles (8.56). Collin Brown finished second (23.08) out of 61 competitors in the 200m. Brown also took home fourth (52.24) in the 400m. DeVonte Tincher ran a season best 7.04 in the preliminary 60m race. Tincher ended up placing fourth in the 60m (7.10).

The SIUE jumpers had a fantastic showing at the open Saturday.

Nichyria Byrd won the women's triple jump (38-4) and Debborah Blackburn placed first in the high jump (5-3). Blackburn also set a personal record while finishing sixth in the triple jump (34-2.75). Brittney Gibbsleapt to a second place finish in the long jump (17-11).

The SIUE duo of Logan Webb (23-0.5) and Tincher (22-4.5) placed first and second respectively in the men's long jump. Webb placed third (45-0.25) while setting a PR in the triple jump.

"Logan had a fantastic day, including his first ever 23 foot long jump," Pacione added. "DeVonte, Nichyria and Brittney all improved their spot on the conference list. Today was more signs pointing towards an exciting season ahead."

The Cougars will travel to Carbondale, Illinois, for the Don DeNoon Invitational Feb. 2 & 3.