Merrimack Track Honored with 12 All-Region Picks by USTFCCCA
Headlined by junior Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) and her United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region distinctions in five events, the Merrimack College men’s and women’s track & field saw 12 student-athletes receive all-region recognition on Wednesday.
Muscaro was one of eight athletes nationwide to earn all-region honors in at least five events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 4×100 relay and 4×400 relay. On the women’s side, Muscaro was joined by Sarah Barnett (Bridgewater, Mass.), Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.), Emily Mauro (Northboro, Mass.), Maddie Mercado (Palenville, N.Y.), Michaela Pernell (Naugatuck, Conn.), Mariessa Ricciardi (Holden, Mass.), Kiana Weary (Brockton, Mass.) and Leniesha Williams (Bennington, Vt.) as regional recepients.
For the men, junior All-American John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) led a group of three Warriors among the all-region selections. Freshman Michael Cuesta (South Portland, Maine) and sophomore Kurt Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.) joined Braga among the honorees.
Muscaro and Braga received the awards as they prepare for the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Fla starting one week from Thursday. Muscaro won Northeast-10 titles this spring in the 200m and 400m, and will compete in those events in the outdoor national championships after winning in the indoor title in the 400m, Merrimack’s first individual national champion, this past winter. Braga became the program’s first New England champion in the decathlon over the weekend after winning that same event during the NE-10 Championship.
Barnett was named all-region in three events: long jump, shot put and heptathlon. Downey excelled this spring in the 400m hurdles and as part of 4×400 relay. Mauro’s distinction came from her success in the pole vault, while Mercado was the lone distance runner on the women’s side to earn all-region, doing so in the 10,000m.
Pernell was the third of four Warriors with multiple all-region honors, in the 100m dash and the 4×100 relay. Ricciardi joined Pernall as part of the 4×100 squad, while also boasting all-region recognition in the 4×400. Weary and Williams were also part of those relay units, in the 4×400 and 4×100, respectively.
Rounding out the awards, Cuesta’s success in the triple jump earned him all-region accolades for his rookie season. Steinbrecher, a second-year competitor, emerged as one of the top threats in the steeplechase this spring en route to his all-region honor.