Muscaro Region's Best 400m Performer; Track & Field Concludes 2013-14 at New England's
WESTFIELD, Mass. – Freshman sensation Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) added more history to her incredible rookie season by winning the 400m dash against the region's best competitors, as the Merrimack College men's and women's track & field teams wrapped up the 2014 outdoor campaign at the New England Championships over the weekend hosted by Westfield State University.
Event: 2014 New England Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Team Finish: Men (33rd/38) | Women (26h/39)
Location: Westfield State University | Westfield, Mass.
How It Happened
One week after putting the finishing touches on both sides' best-ever finishes at the NE-10 Outdoor Championships, Merrimack sent its top outdoor performers who had qualified in their respective events to face off against the best competitors in New England, including programs from the Division I and Division III ranks.
Muscaro, once again, more than held her own, blowing by the field in her most dominant event en route to becoming the first-ever Warrior to win at New England's in the program's four-year history. The Ashland, Mass., native qualified for the finals after placing first in Friday's preliminary race in 55.36 seconds, and then shattered that mark with a school-record time of 53.95 seconds in the finals, topping her previous personal best set at last week's league championships by nearly four tenths of a second.
Those efforts gave the women 10 team points, which helped them finish 26th out of 39 Division I, II and III teams in the standings.
Also competing for the women were freshman Olivia Downey (400m, HJ), senior Briana Devereaux (800m), sophomore Kerry Phelan (10,000m), sophomore Christine Manfra (400m H), sophomore Sarah May (400m H), junior Kelsey Grimmer (Steeplechase), and freshman Sarah Barnett (HJ).
The men's side featured a number of performers but was highlighted by two Warriors earning points in the team standings. Freshman John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) wrapped up a tremendous rookie campaign with a fourth-place finish in the long jump; his final distance of 6.65m was the top Division II distance. Also earning points was junior Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) in the 10,000m run, which he placed seventh in with a final time of 32:03.08.
With the regular season completed, Merrimack will learn on Tuesday (May 13) whether or not any of its individuals have qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division II Championships, which will be held May 22-22, 2014, in Allendale, Mich. Muscaro is expected to hear her named called on Tuesday, as the sophomore boasts the sixth-best 400m time in the country currently and should become Merrimack's first-ever individual qualifier for the outdoor season.