Muscaro Places Third at 400m; Track & Field Makes Noise at New England Championships
ROOKIE MUSCARO TOPS 400M SCHOOL RECORD, IN PLACE TO QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS
ALLSTON, Mass. – Freshman sprinter Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) rewrote the school record in the 400m and put herself into position to qualify for the national championships, as the Merrimack College men's and women's track & field teams concluded the 2013-14 indoor season at the New England Championships hosted by Harvard University.
Event: 2014 Indoor Track & Field New England Championships
Top Performer: Freshman Carly Muscaro – 3rd Place/400m
Location: Harvard University | Allston, Mass.
How It Happened
After qualifying for the 400m finals on Friday, Muscaro added yet another accolade to her incredible rookie season by placing third against the top Division I, II and III opponents from all across New England on Saturday to highlight an impressive weekend for the Warriors.
After posting the third-fastest time in the 400m qualifiers on Friday, Muscaro ranked third in the 400m finals by topping her old school record with a time of 55.03 seconds; that mark now stands at third overall in all of Division II and should be good enough for her to become Merrimack's first qualifier for the national championships in the program's four-year history.
Other highlights over the weekend included junior Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) breaking the school record in the 800m with a time of 1:55.70, placing 24th overall.
The Warriors' distance medley relay comprised of freshmen Bianca Giacalone (Gloucester, Mass.), Kathleen Carney (Glastonbury, Conn.), Emily Mauro (Northborough, Mass.) and sophomore Kristin Schmidt (Athens, N.Y.) also set a new school record, finishing in 12:38.28.
Also on the men's side, sophomore Taylor Jean-Gilles (Woburn, Mass.) established a new personal best in the 200m (22.25 seconds), while classmate Denzel Livingston (Billerica, Mass.) placed ninth in the long jump (6.69m).
Muscaro will now await her NCAA National Championships qualification status, which will be announced in the coming days. The rest of the Warriors will turn their sights to the outdoor season, which begins March 22 at the VCU Ram Invitational.