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Concord's Fertig Hits Provisional Mark, Records Fall at VT

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Led by Jeff Fertig meeting the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the high jump and Robby Peters breaking two school records, the Concord University men's track and field team had a stellar showing at the Virginia Tech Challenge.

Fertig cleared 2.06 meters to finish third in the high jump. The mark, which was 0.04 meters above the NCAA provisional standard, ties Fertig for 15th in the nation and was just 0.01 meters off of his current Concord record jump of 2.07 meters.

Peters' record-breaking performances came in the mile run and the 1,000-meter run. He ran a 4:17.90 mile to smash former Mountain Lion Chris Herron's previous record of run of 4:18.15, set in 2005 and a 2:32.90 1,000-meter time which was nearly two seconds faster than Szymon Rola's former top time of 2:34.34 (2009). His times were also good enough to place 14th (1,000-meters) and 15th (mile) on Saturday.

Also in action this weekend was R.J. Anderson, who finished in second place in the 60-meter dash at 6.88 seconds.

Fellow sprinter Denver Wright set four new personal-best times at Virginia Tech. The freshman completed the 60-meter dash in 7.00 seconds (eighth place), the 200-meter dash in 22.30 seconds (eighth place), the 60-meter hurdles in 8.69 seconds (10th place) and the 400-meter dash in 53.10 seconds (18th place.)

Other top runners for Concord were Craig Pritt, who missed qualifying for the WVIAC Championships in the 800-meters by 0:00.02 seconds after turning in a time of 2:01.52, and Wes McKinney who ran a new personal-best indoor time in the 5,000-meter run (17:15.49).

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.