Muscaro Wraps Up Magical Freshman Campaign, Places Second in 400m National Finals
ALLENDALE, Mich. - In a season that had already seen so many magical moments, plenty of history and a number of individual accolades from December through May, freshman Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) of the Merrimack College women's track & field team concluded her unforgettable freshman campaign in a position nearly anyone else in the country would trade to be in, placing second in the 400m dash national finals at the Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.
Muscaro, who earned a spot to race against the top-eight fellow competitors in the country thanks to her third-place finish in the preliminary round on Thursday, cemented arguably the most dominant single-season performance by any Merrimack College student-athlete in recent memory with a second-place finish on Saturday.
The Ashland, Mass., native finished second only to one runner nationwide, earning national runner-up honors in the 400m with a time of 53.43 seconds, 14 hundredths of a second ahead of the next-closest finisher. Muscaro becomes the first student-athlete in the four-year history of Merrimack track & field to earn a spot on the podium at the National Championships and also was named the first-ever All-American in the school history.
"I know I speak on behalf of the entire coaching staff in saying that we could not be more proud of Carly for all that she's done, not just today, but throughout this unforgettable year," head coach Matt Pimentel summated. "It's one thing to be competitive as a freshman, it's another to be one of the best in the country. Carly has been an unbelievable representative of the College and the Athletic Department this year, and hopefully after a performance like today's our program will continue to grow and become more and more competitive at the team and individual levels."
The Northeast-10 Conference Indoor and Outdoor Track Rookie of the Year and holder of the nation's sixth-best time in the 400m dash entering Thursday's preliminary round, Muscaro earned the right to race in the national finals after placing second among 21 competitors with a record-setting time of 53.93 seconds.
Muscaro's long list of accolades in her incredible freshman indoor and outdoor seasons include countless accomplishments; of the most impressive, Muscaro was named the NE-10 Indoor and Outdoor Track Rookie of the Year; she became the first-ever sprinter in program history to win the 400m dash at the NE-10 Championships and then again at the New England Championships a week later. She also became the first-ever student-athlete to qualify for the national championships back during the indoor season in March, when she placed 10th at the Indoor National Championships.