MYRTLE BEACH, Sc. – The SIUE track and field teams wrapped up a solid opening weekend to their outdoor season at the Coastal Carolina Invitational Saturday.
"This was a great start to the season," SIUE Head Coach Scott Block said. "We already have a few athletes qualified for NCAA first round and its only March."
The biggest showing of the meet was the Cougars horizontal jumpers, who swept the events this weekend.
Brittney Gibbs won the women's triple jump with a mark of 41 feet, 1.75 inches, qualifying her for NCAA regionals. Nichyria Byrd placed first in the women's long jump (18-9.25). Julian Harvey, in his first meet for SIUE this season, placed first in the men's high jump (6-8.75) and Logan Webb carried over his success from the indoor season, winning the men's triple jump with a leap of 46-7.5.
"Brittney and Logan especially impressed me in the triple jump," added SIUE Assistant Coach Joey Pacione. "Both seemed on the edge of a breakthrough during indoor season, and today it finally happened."
The Cougar throwers had a big meet as well, winning multiple events and setting personal records.
For the SIUE men, Nick Matthews placed first while setting a personal record (60.23 meters) in the hammer throw. Matthew's throw would have qualified him for NCAA's in previous seasons. The Cougars also took third (Alec Dutton, 54.02), fifth (Austin Lynch, 49.16) and sixth (John Barnes, 48.85) place in the hammer. Martinus Mitchell placed second in the men's discus (45.15) and in the men's shot put (15.81). Lizzie Virglwon the women's hammer throw (55.40) while also placing fourth in the javelin (34.90).
It was also a solid weekend for the Cougars on the track.
Aly Goff took first in the women's 1500m with a time of 4:41.95. The SIUE women (Jalea Paslay, Kassidy Dexheimer, Haley Miller and Goff) took third place in the 4x800m relay with a time 9:51.40. There were four Cougars with PRs in the 3k including Allie Sweatt (10:32.45) and Keri Burmester (10:56.31) for the women and Liam O'Connell (8:56.24) and Austin Woodard (9:02.71) for the men.
"I was so happy for our athletes to have this time to spend together and create memories during out trip," Pacione said. "The great performances were a bonus."