Hitting provisional marks and automatic qualifiers during the spring season, senior Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) and sophomore Michaela Pernell (Naugatuck, Conn.) of the Merrimack College women’s track & field program will represent the Warriors at the national level, as the duo was selected to compete in the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by the University of Tampa and IMG Academy, from May 25-27 in Bradenton, Florida.
Muscaro will return to outdoor nationals for the fourth straight season, aiming to defend her national championship in the 400-meter. She will look to avenge last season’s .01-second loss in the 200-meter dash as well, qualifying for nationals with a provisional time of 23.78. She automatically qualified in the 400-meter, running the fastest time nationwide this spring (52.06), which was a full second faster the next closest sprinter.
Pernell will be making her nationals debut in the 100-meter dash, as she dazzled this spring in the event. She won titles at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship and the New England (NEICAAA) Championships, claiming the NEICAAA title last weekend with a time of 12.01 in the finals. She posted a 11.74 provisional mark earlier this season, which finished as the 20th fastest time in the country, and earned her a berth in the national meet.
The qualifier in the 100-meter marks the first time in program history that the Warriors will have a representative at nationals in the event. Next week also marks the first time in the seven-year history of the women’s program that the Warriors will have multiple individual representatives at outdoor nationals.
The meet begins next Thursday, May 25, with preliminary runs for Muscaro in the 400-meter at 6:25 p.m. followed by Pernell’s prelim in the 100-meter at 6:55 p.m. On Friday, Muscaro will run in her prelim for the 200-meter at 5:35 p.m. Saturday marks the final for all three events, with the 400 beginning at 6:15 p.m. followed by the 100 at 6:35 p.m. Muscaro’s potential 200-meter final starts at 7:45 p.m.
Follow her titles at indoor nationals in the 200 and 400, Muscaro will look at add two more individual titles to her mantelpiece, aiming to finish her illustrious career with six career national championships.--
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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