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Concord's Carnett Hits Automatic Qualifier in 800-meters at Virginia Tech

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BLACKSBURG, Va. -

Shawnee Carnett ensured herself of a spot at the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships by running the 800-meters in an automatic qualifying time of 2:08.51 to lead the Concord University women's track and field team at the Virginia Tech Challenge.

In addition to being a school record, Carnett's time is currently the second fastest 800-meter mark in all of the Division II. Carnett, who was over two seconds faster than her nearest competition Saturday, trails only Helen Crofts' (Simon Fraser) time of 2:07.34 in the national rankings.

Other standout Concord athletes from the Virginia Tech Challenge included Ashleigh Taylor, who broke her own school record when she cleared 1.60 meters in the high jump. Taylor's former record jump was 1.59 meters.

Concord's WVIAC-leading 4x400-meter relay team of Carnett, Demi Kirk, Casey Ord and Lydia Powell clocked a time of 3:56.20 to come in fourth place.

Powell also set a new PR in the 400-meter dash, completing the race in 1:00.18. Micalyn Miller qualified for the WVIAC Championships in the 800-meters with a personal-best time of 2:33.15.

Before shifting their attentions to the outdoor season, Concord track and field athletes will have one more opportunity to qualify for the Indoor National Championships when CU heads to the Virginia Tech Last Chance Meet on March 2.