Durham, N.C. — The Concord University track and field teams had its final meet before the Mountain East Conference Championship at the Duke Invite Friday and Saturday at Morris Williams Stadium in Durham, N.C.
The Concord women ran strong on Friday as senior Karleigh Thompson improved her season time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as she ran 12:48 to move into the top five in the event.
In the relay events, the Mountain Lions put in a vigorous performance. In the 4x400-meter relay, the group of senior Heather Chernutan, senior Taylor Hamm, sophomore Josea Smith and freshman Jada Strachan finished 14th with a time of 4:05.81. Meanwhile, the quartet of senior Emilee Henry, Smith, sophomore Kiersten Shrader and sophomore Autumn Thomas placed 22nd in the 4x100-meter relay in a showing of 49.25 seconds.
Among Division II schools, the Concord women placed third in the 4x400-meter relay and sixth in the 4x100-meter relay.
Smith sprinted a time of 1:04.88 as finished 23rd in the 400-meter hurdles. Smith’s time was the second fastest in the conference this season.
Strachan moved into the top five in the MEC in the 800-meter run by clocking 2:24.83.
While she didn’t improve her season time in the 400-meter dash, Henry went under the 60-second barrier in the event by clocking 59.20 seconds.
For the men, senior Jason Weitzel ran his third Division II provisional qualifying time this season as he clocked a time of 14:27.10 in the 5,000-meter run. The Athens native broke his own school record and finished 20th overall. Weitzel was the fourth Division II athlete in the field.
Freshmen Isaac Prather and Cedric Drennen both ran personal-record times in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Prather finished 15thin a showing of 9:49. Drennen stopped the clock at 9:53 to place 20th.
Senior Roger Foster ran the third-fastest 800-meter time in the Mountain East Conference this season by clocking 1:56.44 in the event. Sophomore Trevor Armes moved into the top 10 in the conference in the 400-meter dash by sprinting 50.77 seconds.
Senior Corey Carvelli and sophomore Marcus Wilson both had top-30 finishes in the 400-meter hurdles. Carvelli ran 56.12 seconds to place 27th. Wilson was three spots behind in a time of 56.47 seconds.
Armes, Carvelli, senior David Meck and Wilson combined to run 3:25.86 in the 4x400-meter relay as they finished 11thto conclude the meet.
The MEC Championships will be May 5-7 at Morris Stadium on the campus of Glenville State in Glenville.