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Concord's Carnett, Fertig Earn WVIAC Weekly Honors

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The Concord University track and field team continued to rack up conference awards when Shawnee Carnett and Jeff Fertig were both named West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Athlete's of the Week Thursday, as announced by the league office.

Carnett was selected as the women's Track Athlete of the Week for the fifth consecutive week while Fertig was named the men's Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.

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.

Fertig met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the high jump 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.

Fertig's 2.06 meter ranks first in the WVIAC this year by 0.17 meters.

The Concord men were ranked third and the CU women were slotted fourth in the latest WVIAC Power Rankings. The women's team received one first-place vote. Wheeling was ranked first in both polls.

With just one more weekend to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, Concord will send athletes to the Denison Last Chance Meet on Friday and George Mason Last Chance Meet on Sunday.