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Carnett Wins 500-meters at Liberty Open

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Shawnee Carnett won the 500-meter run and the Concord University women's track and field team turned in a total of eight top-10 performances Saturday at the Liberty Open.

Carnett, who also placed 10th at the Hokie Invitational Friday in the 300-meter dash (41.63 seconds), cruised to the 500-meter win with a time of 1:17.04. Her time was over three seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Teammate Rachel Taylor joined Carnett in the event, finishing in eighth place at 1:29.57.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Carnett, Demi Kirk, Casey Ord and Lydia Powell turned in a time of 4:12.34 to earn a third-place finish

Ashleigh Taylor cleared 1.55 meters in the high jump to tie for third place, which was Concord's best field event finish of the day.

In addition to her relay success Ord also delivered three strong individual performances, placing seventh in the 60-meter dash (8.11 seconds), eighth in the triple jump (10.17 meters) and 12th in the long jump (4.84 meters).

Kirk also produced quality individual runs, finishing eighth in the 200-meter dash (27.04 seconds) and ninth in the 60-meter dash (8.15). She missed qualifying for the 60-meter finals by just 0.01 seconds.

Vivian Ruiz clocked a time of 3:19.71 in the 1,000-meter run to place seventh.

Donnie Kirk had the 10th fastest time in the 60-meter prelims as well as finishing 15th in the 200-meters (27.52 seconds).

Other Concord finishers Saturday included: Micalyn Miller (1,000-meter run / 12th place – 3:42.52), Lindsey Sanson (1,000-meter run / 14th place – 3:50.86), Tabitha Whited (3,000-meters / 19th place – 11:45.53) and Cheyenne Nicely (mile run / 26th place – 6:07.66).

Concord will send athletes to Armory Challenge in New York, N.Y. and the Division II Classic in Geneva, Ohio next week.