WARRIORS WIN EIGHT EVENTS, QUALIFY FOUR FOR NEW ENGLAND'S AND ONE NCAA PROVISIONAL
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Highlighted by eight record-setting performances and eight event victories, the Merrimack College men's and women's track & field teams enjoyed one of their best meet performances in program history after a dominant afternoon at the Moravian College Invitational.
Event: Moravian College "Coach P." Invitational
Location: Moravian College | Bethlehem, Pa.
What They Said
Head Coach Matt Pimentel: "Today we had some great performances. This was by far our best all-around team effort of the season. We are progressing very well in anticipation of the conference meet in three weeks."
How It Happened
While no team score was kept at Saturday's invitational, the fact that Merrimack claimed eight event victories, rewrote eight school records, qualified four individuals for the New England Championships in May and even boasted an NCAA Championship provisional qualifier was reason alone to celebrate, as the Warriors enjoyed one of their strongest all-around performances of the year.
Leading the way was freshman sensation Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.), who continued to dominate her favorite event – the 400m dash – with a record-setting and first-place time of 52.29 seconds. That mark now stands as the third-fastest time to date in the 2014 outdoor season nationwide, as Muscaro provisionally qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the process.
The women's 4x400m relay team comprised of freshman Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.), junior Christine Manfra (Stoneham, Mass.), freshman Bianca Giacalone (Gloucester, Mass.), and Muscaro also claimed one of the team's eight wins with a school-record time of 3:56.32.
Also emerging victorious on the women's side were senior Briana Devereaux (Londonderry, N.H.) in the 800m (2:18.94) and junior Kelsey Grimmer (Shelton, Conn.) in the 3000m Steeplechase (11:38.42), while sophomore Kristin Schmidt (Athens, N.Y.) was edged in the 5000m to finish second (19:07.80).
On the men's side, freshman John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) made it three straight weeks with a win in the long jump after posting a final distance of 7.04m, while sophomore Taylor Jean-Gilles (Woburn, Mass.) performed admirably in the 100m dash, finishing third with a school-record and New England-qualifying time of 10.97 seconds. He also won the 200m dash in 22.34 seconds.
Finally, junior Joseph Smith (Medfield, Mass.) enjoyed his best-ever finish in the Steeplechase, placing second in 9:54.63 seconds.
The Warriors continue the outdoor season with a local meet next weekend, as the team travels to Cambridge, Mass., to participate in the MIT Invitational.