Muscaro Nearly Qualifies for Nat’ls to Highlight Track & Field’s MIT Invitational Performance


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Highlighted by another stellar performance by freshman sensation Carly  Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.), who a week after posting one of the top times in the 400m nationwide did likewise in the 800m today, the Merrimack College track & field team enjoyed another solid afternoon on Saturday at the MIT Invitational.

The Basics
Event: MIT Invitational
Top Performers:
Carly Muscaro (800m) | John Braga (LJ) | John Spencer (100m H) | Taylor Jean-Gilles (100m)
MIT | Cambridge, Mass.

How It Happened
Four different Warriors lay claim to event victories on Saturday, highlighted by another eye-popping effort by Muscaro, one of the nation's premiere up-and-coming sprinters who brought her talents to the mid-distance realm on Saturday.

After finishing with the third-best time in the 400m nationwide a week ago, Muscaro took her talents to the 800m dash on Saturday and did not disappoint; the NE-10 Indoor Track & Field Rookie of the Year won the event in a final time of 2:10, just missing the NCAA National Championship auto-qualifying mark. She now stands in the nation's top-10 in that event, with approximately the top 16-to-18 runners qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor National Championships.

Meanwhile on the men's side, freshman John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) came away with yet another win in the long jump, an event that he has come to dominate as of late, and also placed third in the high jump with a final distance of 6-foot-6.

Also for the men, John S pencer (North Haven, Conn.) picked up a win in the 110m hurdles, while first-year sophomore Taylor Jean-Gilles (Woburn, Mass.) enjoyed a fine afternoon, winning the 100m dash for the second straight week with a time of 10.93 seconds. He also placed second in the 200m.

Finally, distance runner Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) nearly had Merrimack's fifth win in the 5000m race; the junior placed third with a time of 15:26.

Up Next
The Warriors will hit the track for their final tuneup before the Northeast-10 Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as the team competes in the Regis College Invitational next Sunday, April 27.


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