Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 14, 2014

Carnett in running for national track title

Staff report
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Concord University’s Shawnee Carnett assured herself of a spot in the finals of the 800-meter run at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Indoor National Championships Friday night by posting the top time among the eight qualifiers.

The senior won her preliminary heat at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. with a time of 2:09.18.

The 800-meters was broken up into three heats with the winner of each heat and the next five fastest times advancing to Saturday’s final.

Carnett’s heat had five runners. Over the first two laps, Carnett was in fourth place. However, she patiently worked her way up to second place halfway through the third lap of the four-lap race.

Seconds before the bell rang to signal the final lap, Carnett sprinted past Monique Thompson of Lincoln University to win the final heat of the preliminaries, a full second ahead of Thompson.

Her winning time was 0.34 seconds faster than her top-seed time of 2:09.52 entering competition.

Carnett will now focus her attention on trying to win her second national championship in the 800-meters, to go with the 2011 Division II Track and Field Outdoor 800-meter title.

Additionally, Carnett clinched her fifth All-America honor by securing a minimum of a top-eight finish in the event.

Saturday’s 800-meter final will begin today at 5:10 p.m.

Along with Carnett, the final field will consist of Thompson, McKayla Fricker (Seattle Pacific), Christina Toogood (Northern Michigan), Marissa Bongers (Nebraska-Kearney), Chante Roberts (Adams State), Nicole Burlinson (Ursuline) and Jaylen Rodgers (Angelo State).