EASTON, Mass. – Senior Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) was named the Women’s Track Athlete of the Meet to highlight an afternoon that featured titles in four different events and eight different student-athletes collecting all-conference accolades, as the Merrimack College women’s track & field team finished in fifth place at the 2017 Northeast-10 Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Stonehill.
Event: 2017 NE10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Host/Location: Stonehill College | Easton, Mass.
Team Rank: 5th/12
- 100m Dash: After posting the best preliminary dash time by over three tenths of a second, sophomore Michaela Pernell (Naugatuck, Conn.) won her first career outdoor 100-meter dash title by a tenth of a second, earning all-conference first team honors in the process while moving into 16th place nationally in the event with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 11.74 seconds.
- 200m Dash: Muscaro secured the first of her three titles of the afternoon in the 200-meter dash; after leading the preliminary round pack by 0.24 seconds with an NCAA provisional time of 23.82, she won the race with another provisional mark of 23.86 seconds, earning all-conference first time recognition after winning the 11th race of her career at a conference championship event (both indoor and outdoor seasons combined). Pernell, meanwhile, took home the bronze by running the event in 24.43 seconds.
- 400m Dash: One season after breaking her own conference record in her marquee event, Muscaro once again won the 400-meter dash in convincing fashion, finishing nearly two seconds ahead of the next-closest competitor to earn all-conference first team honors with her 12th career NE10 event title. Her time of 52.67 seconds was an NCAA automatic qualifying mark and now the best time in the country.
- 400m Hurdles: Senior Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.) had a phenomenal showing in the 400-meter hurdles, posting the best time of her career in the event by running it in 1:01.63, an NCAA provisional mark that earned her second team all-conference recognition.
- 3000m Steeplechase: Sophomore Sophie Gorton (Plymouth, Mass.) finished the Steeplechase in seventh place, posting a career-best time of 12:05.75 to pick up two points in the team standings.
- 4x100m Relay: Juniors Carol Dimaiti (Medford, Mass.) and Leniesha Williams (Bennington, Vt.), Muscaro and Pernell combined to run an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 46.97 seconds, just two tenths back of the leaders to place second in the race and earn all-conference second team accolades.
- 4x400m Relay: Downey, Pernell, Muscaro and senior Kiana Weary (Brockton, Mass.), who combined to earn All-America status last season as the program’s first-ever relay team to qualify for indoor and outdoor nationals, were at it again on Sunday; the quartet blew away the field by seven seconds, posting another NCAA provisional time of 3:47.52 seconds to win an NE10 relay title for the first time and earn all-conference first team honors.
- Triple Jump: Junior Lauren MacGregor (Salem, N.H.) earned a podium spot with a third-place finish in the triple jump, claiming third place with a final distance of 11.56 meters.
- Heptathlon: Senior Sarah Barnett (Bridgewater, Mass.) and freshman Gabrielle Eldridge (Easton, Mass.) rounded out the seven-event Heptathlon by finishing in second and seventh place, respectively. Barnett won the shot put (11.44m) and was runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles (15.55) and 200-meter dash (26.81), while Eldridge placed second in the javelin (34.24m) and shot put (11.23m). Barnett would also earn second team all-conference status with her runner-up finish in the final Heptathlon standings.
Notes and Notables
- Merrimack saw eight student-athletes earn all-conference status, the same amount as the men’s side.
- The Warriors also moved up five spots in the team standings after Day 1 to finish in fifth place out of 12 teams, accounting for the second-best finish in the history of the program, tying the 2014 championship for that position.
Merrimack will next run at the 2017 New England Outdoor Championships next Friday and Saturday (May 12-13), sending those individuals who qualified to Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to run against the best student-athletes from the region in Divisions I, II and III.
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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