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Two Concord Records Fall at D-II Team Challenge

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GENEVA, Ohio -

The Concord University women's track and field team broke two school records and Shawnee Carnett improved on her previous NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 800-meters to highlight the Mountain Lions' efforts at the Division II Team Challenge at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio Saturday.

As a team, Concord placed 14th out of 22 teams with a score of 18 points.

Carnett won the 800-meters with a time of 2:12.17, an improvement over her previous NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2:14.95. Carnett's mark is currently the fourth-fastest in Division II. Vivian Ruiz qualified for the WVIAC Championships in the event as well after posting a season-best time of 2:29.63. Ruiz also clocked a 5:38.41 mile to place 14th in the race.

Concord's 4x400-meter relay team of Casey Ord, Lydia Powell, Demi Kirk and Carnett just missed the NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:55.80 when the group completed their run in 3:56.11, placing third overall. In addition to being the fastest relay time in the WVIAC this season, the mark also broke the three-year old indoor 4x400-meter record at Concord of 4:03.33.

Casey Ord broke the Concord 60-meter dash record for the second time this season on Saturday, running her 60-meter prelim race in 8.08 seconds (13th place.). She entered the D-II Challenge sharing the previous record with Demi Kirk at 8.11 seconds.

Ord also qualified for the WVIAC Championships in the 200-meter dash when she finished in 17th place with a time of 26.59 seconds.

Lydia Powell ran a personal-best time of 1:00.25 in the 400-meter dash to finish 17th. The time is the third-fastest mark in the WVIAC this year.

Rachel Williams (3,000-meters / 18th place – 11:15.79) and Ashleigh Taylor (High Jump / 1.51 meters – 14th place) rounded out Concord's top finishers Saturday.

Concord will continue its season Feb. 15-16 at the Virginia Tech Open.

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