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March 18, 2013

CU high-jumper nails provisional NCAA mark

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Jeff Fertig reached the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the high jump and Robby Peters broke a 10-year old record in the 10,000-meter run to lead the Concord University men’s track and field team at the Shamrock Invitational Saturday on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.

Fertig cleared 2.05 meters to become the only West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference athlete to clear more than 2 meters twice in 2012-13.

Peters clocked a time of 31.20.30, which placed him second in a field stacked with talent. The time bested Takuya Abe’s previous school record time of 31:52.58 set in 2002 and is the top mark in the WVIAC this season.

Peters was one of five Concord runners to beat the WVIAC Championship 10,000-meter qualifying mark of 37:00.00. Sterling Snyder placed seventh in a time of 33:23.76 followed by Jake Munsey (35:14.59) and Wes McKinney (35:39.48).

Craig Pritt also punched his ticket to the WVIAC Championships in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:13.38.

Rachel Williams and members of the women’s 4x200-meter relay team broke school records at the Shamrock Invitational.

Williams completed the 10,000-meter run in a WVIAC Championship qualifying time of 39:23.53 to place sixth and break Chelsea Callaway’s previous CU record of 40:42.14 that was set three years ago.

She was joined in the distance event by fellow WVIAC Championship qualifiers Cheyenne Nicely and Diane Rumrill. The duo placed back-to-back in 11th and 12th place at 43:22.28 and 44:01.02, respectively.

The Mountain Lions’ 4x200-meter relay team, consisting of Casey Ord, Lydia Powell, Donnie Kirk and Demi Kirk, posted a new Concord record time of 1:45.53 to place 19th.

In individual competition, Ord met the conference championship qualifying standard of 13.60 seconds in the 100-meter dash when she turned in a time of 13.10 seconds.

Micalyn Miller came in 16th place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 12:23.37 to lead a trio of Mountain Lion runners that qualified for the WVIAC Championships in the event. Miller was joined by Tabatha Whited (12:36.80) and Bethany Carroll (13:05.91).

Ashleigh Taylor totaled 3,372 points in the heptathlon to register a 16th-place finish.

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