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Merrimack College women’s track and field rising junior Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) will run in the United States Track & Field Outdoor Championships this weekend, running against the nation’s top athletes, out in Eugene, Oregon at historic Hayward Field.

Beginning on Thursday, Muscaro will compete against the top competition in the country in the 400-meter, which includes the top runners in Division I along with Olympians such as Allyson Felix, Francena McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross. Felix won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in the 200-meter, McCorory took home the 2014 IAAF Indoor Championship in the 400m and Richards-Ross is the reigning Olympic champion in the 400m. McCorory also owns the fastest qualifying time (49.48) entering the race.

Muscaro enters the competition after a phenomenal collegiate season, both in her indoor and outdoor campaigns. Her qualifying time of 51.83 seconds is the second fastest ever in New England. The three fastest finishers will advance to the World Championships, where those competitors have a chance to advance to the Pan American Games.

The two-time national runner-up in the 400m at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Muscaro returns to historic Hayward Field for the second straight year after competing in the Junior Championships last season. Hayward Field most recently hosted the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships and will be the host site through the 2021 outdoor season. Hayward Field and Eugene, Oregon are referred to as “Tracktown USA” in the track community with its rich history and connection with the sport. In 2021, the stadium will host the IAAF Track and Field World Championships.

Muscaro will run in first-round action at 4:20 on Thursday, which the semifinals occurring at 8:10 on Friday and the finals at 2:32 on Saturday. All start times are in Pacific Standard Time.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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