BOSTON, Mass. - With senior captain Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) once again dominating on the track, including setting the top time in the nation in the 200m, and numerous athletes qualifying for postseason meets, the No. 21 Merrimack College women's track & field team put together a solid weekend in their final meets of the regular season at Boston University and MIT.
Event: BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational | MIT Gordon Kelly Invitational
Top Finishers: Muscaro (1st – 200m, BU), 4x400m (1st, BU), Dure (1st - 200m, MIT), Daigle (1st - LJ, MIT)
Location: Boston, Mass. | Cambridge, Mass.
How It Happened
- Muscaro put herself alone at the top of the Division II performance list for the third inidividual event this season, doing so in the 200m at the Boston University Valentine Invite. Her nation-best time of 23.60 also breaks her school record, and automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Championships. She added another school record in the 60m dash, posting a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.64, ranking 17th in Division II.
- Muscaro would also be joined by classmate and co-captain Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.), sophomore Michaela Pernell (Naugatuck, Conn.) and freshman Savanna Spencer (Seabrook, N.H.) to win the 4x400m relay in Boston, posting the best time in Division II this season at 3:44.93.
- Pernell and Spencer would add strong individual efforts, with Pernell posting the 13th-best time in Division II in the 200m (24.64) and an eighth-place finish in the 60m (7.64). Spencer posted a personal-best time in the 200m at 26.69.
- At the Gordon Kelly Invite at MIT, sophomore Tori Daigle (Dayton, Maine) posted a victory in the long jump with a personal-best jump of 5.33m to qualify for the Northeast-10 Conference Championships. She also added a fourth-place finish in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.41.
- The Warriors landed a trio of third-place finishes in distance events at MIT, coming from senior captain Claire Aalerud (Winchester, Mass.) in the 3000m (11:09.88), freshman Katherine Ferrara (Norfolk, Mass.) in the mile (5:42.65) and junior Kylie Chartier (Phillipston, Mass.) in the 1000m (3:16.93).
The Warriors begin postseason meets on Saturday when they compete at the NE10 Championships in Boston.