BRADENTON, Fla. – Capping a four-year career that will long be remembered as one of – if not the – best individual careers by a Merrimack College student-athlete, senior sprinter Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) of the women’s track & field program raced to a pair of national championships on Saturday evening at the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at IMG Academy. Muscaro started her day by triumphing in the 400-meter final with a time of 51.90 seconds, her fourth career crown in the event. She followed that up with her first-ever outdoor title in the 200-meter dash, posting a time of 23.40 to collect her sixth individual national championship, concluding her illustrious career in a familiar position – on top of the podium.
Meet: 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Host/Location: IMG Academy | Bradenton, Fla.
Top Performances: Muscaro (1st/8 400m Final) | Muscaro (1st/8 200m Final)
Rapid Recap (400-meter)
- Muscaro started the day with the 400-meter final, looking to pick up her fourth straight national title in the event dating back to a pair of indoor crowns and her first outdoor championship in 2016 as a junior
- She started the race in the fifth lane, and by the 20-second mark had pulled ahead of her competition. Muscaro held off a late charge from senior Mary Bergman from Southwest Baptist and senior Shatajah Wattely from Southern Connecticut State to prevail, crossing the finish line with a time of 51.90 seconds
- The national-title winning time registered as Muscaro’s best of the season, improving on her nation-best time of 52.06 that she boasted entering outdoor nationals
Rapid Recap (200-meter)
- Muscaro won the indoor national title in the 200-meter dash in March, and aimed to repeat that feat in her final outdoor run. In 2016, the 12-time All-American finished as the runner-up at outdoor nationals by .01 seconds
- Securing the second-fastest time following the preliminary heats, Muscaro raced off the block and pulled ahead around the 100-meter mark. She left no doubt at the finish line, raising her hands in the air as she reached the end of the race, ending her four-year career as a Warrior with another national championship
- Her time of 23.40 bested the competition by .17 seconds, and resulted as a personal best for the Ashland native this season
A Career Like No Other:
- Muscaro graduates from Merrimack as the program’s most decorated athlete in its short history and arguably the most accomplished student-athletes to ever represent the Navy and Gold among any team.
- Her most notable accomplishments are her six national championships, with four coming in her marquee event, the 400-meter dash (2015-16 indoor, 2016 outdoor, 2016-17 indoor, 2017 outdoor), as well as two more in the 200-meter dash (2016-17 indoor, 2017 outdoor).
- She is the only individual student-athlete to ever win a national championship in any sport in Merrimack College history.
- Muscaro has garnered 12 All-America accolades dating back to her freshman year, the most in school history by any student-athlete.
- Muscaro was named the 2016-17 USTFCCCA Indoor Women’s Track Athlete of the Year in March after an incredible indoor season.
- The senior is also a five-time USTFCCA Regional Track Athlete of the Year, earning her third straight accolade for the outdoor season two weeks ago.
- An eight-time USTFCCA All-East Region honoree, Muscaro is also a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.
- Muscaro has competed in NCAA Track & Field Championships in every single season; she became the program’s first individual qualifier as a freshman during the 2013-14 indoor season, setting the tone for the historic career that was to come.
- Muscaro has also dominated in the classroom as indicated by her twice being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, with a third straight selection pending. If she garners this distinction, she will be the fourth student-athlete ever at Merrimack to be a three-time Academic All-American and first in 22 years. Additionally, Muscaro is also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
- In addition to her national recognition from CoSIDA, Muscaro earned academic recognition from the Northeast-10 Conference to the tune of five NE10 Academic All-Conference selections and four Sports Excellence Awards as the top academic student-athlete in the sport of track & field among the NE10’s member institutions. Muscaro can still add one more academic all-conference nod and one Sports Excellence Award pending the spring 2017 selections
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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