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Concord Shines on Last Chance Weekend

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Concord University track and field athletes produced strong showings at two meets this weekend in what was their final chances to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Indoor track and Field Championships.

Concord sent competitors to Denison University (Friday) and George Mason University (Sunday) to compete in both school's last chance meets.

Robby Peters led Concord at Denison with a time of 8:29.00 in the 3,000-meter run. Peters finished in second place, but more importantly met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the event when his time was converted down to 8:23.15 due to track size. In addition to meeting the NCAA standard, Peters also broke his former Concord school record of 8:44.61.

Denver Wright competed in five races this weekend. His best performance was his NCAA provisional qualifying run of 22.20 seconds (converted from 22.59) in the 200-meter dash at George Mason. The time was good enough for seventh place.

Wright also won the 60-meter dash (7.20 seconds) and placed second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.72 seconds) at Denison. He tallied an even better 60-meter time of 8.64 seconds (third place) at George Mason, finishing short of the 8.31 seconds NCAA standard.

Jeff Fertig took part in the high jump at both locations. He won the Denison competition at 1.98 meters, but recorded a higher clearance of 2.00 meters at George Mason, finishing in fourth place. Fertig already owns a provisional qualifying distance of 2.06 meters from earlier in the year.

Concord's women's 4x400-meter relay team of Shawnee Carnett, Demi Kirk, Casey Ord and Lydia Powell ran another sub-four minute time of 3:59.74 at Denison to win its race, but finish just short of the NCAA provisional standard.

RJ Anderson rounded out Concord's competitors this weekend with a third-place time of 6.93 seconds in the 60-meter dash at George Mason.

Concord athletes that have reached the NCAA provisional mark in their respective events will find out if they have been accepted into the Division II National Championships next week. The national meet is scheduled for March 8-9 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Carnett is guaranteed of a spot at the National Championships thanks to an automatic qualifying time of 2:08.51 in the 800-meters.

The CU men's team has five NCAA provisional marks; Anderson in the 60-meters (6.85 seconds) and the 200-meters (21.80 seconds), Wright in the 200-meters (22.20 seconds), Peters in the 3,000-meters (8:23.15) and Fertig in the high jump (2.06 meters).