BOSTON, Mass. –While senior captain Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) registered an astounding American Collegiate record in the 500m dash in Boston, the rest of the Merrimack College women's track and field team shined at the URI Coaches Tribute Meet on Saturday.
Event: BU Scarlet and White Invitational | URI Coaches Tribute Meet
Top Finishers: Muscaro (1st – 500m) Pernell (1st – 60m)
Location: Boston, Mass. | South Kingstown, Rhode Island
What They Said
Head coach Jacky Mendes, "Another great weekend for the Warriors. We had a strong showing against all Divisions of NCAA competition, most notably Muscaro and Pernell with stellar performances. The coaches are very excited about the direction Merrimack track is taking and is looking forward to the tune-up of next weekend before we get into championship season."
How It Happened
- Muscaro once again laid down a blistering time in her second indoor meet of her senior campaign, this time becoming the American Division II Collegiate record holder in the 500m dash with a time of 1:09.05. It is a Division II record and a facility record at the prominent Boston track. The performance follows last week's 400m dash run that ranks second in the history of Division II.
- Sophomore Michaela Pernell (Naugatuck, Conn.) was also able to register a first-place finish down in Rhode Island, winning the 60m dash with an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 7.71. It is the fastest time in the Northeast-10 Conference this season.
- Rookie Savanna Spencer (Seabrook, N.H.) delivered a quality performance on the track as well for the Warriors, finishing sixth in the 400m dash with a time of 1:00.60. Sophomore Mariessa Ricciardi (Holden, Mass.) finished close behind in 10th with a time of 1:01.88.
- Senior captain Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.) posted an NE10-qualifying performance in the 200m dash, finishing 16th with a time of 26.76. She also added a 17th-place finish in the high jump with a 1.55m jump.
- Freshman Gabrielle Eldridge (Easton, Mass.) continued to shine in her signature shot put event that she has found success in all season long. The rookie registered an eighth-place finish in the event with a 11.63m throw.
The Warriors are in Boston next weekend for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Friday and Saturday.