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Coming off a sophomore season that saw her place second at the NCAA Championships, junior captain Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) ran the second fastest time ever run by a woman in New England in the 500m with a time of 1:10.94, winning the event and breaking multiple records including her own to highlight another impressive outing by the men’s and women’s Merrimack College track and field teams among many Division I opponents at the Jay Carisella Invitational on Saturday.

The Basics
Event: Jay Carisella Invitational (Northeastern)
Top Finishers: Men: Braga (1st – Long Jump)| Women: Muscaro (1st – 500M)
Location: Reggie Lewis Center | Roxbury, Mass.

What They Said
Head coach Jacky Mendes, “Overall this was a great day for the Warriors, and there were some top level performances. Most notably, Carly Muscaro ran the 500m in 1:10.94. Not only did she win the event and break her school record, she shattered the meet record by almost four seconds earning her the second fastest time ever run by a woman in New England. John (Braga) also shattered his school record in the long jump with 7.17m. These two athletes were the highlights of a great showing by Merrimack. In total, the women took 29 points away from the Division I competition and the men took 42 points away from the Division I competition.”

How It Happened
Muscaro’s incredible run broke her school record in the event by more than two seconds, broke the meet record by four seconds, and is the fastest in all of Division II in second fastest in Division I. The time is a New England (NEICAAA) qualifier and an ECAC Division I qualifier. Senior and fellow captain Bethany Labossier (Derry, N.H.) finished sixth in the event with a personal-best 1:18.93, ranking third on the school record board.

Freshman Michaela Pernell (Naugatuck, Conn.) again shined for the women in the 60m, beating her time from last weekend by 0.01 seconds (7.84) to finish fifth and again rank third on the school record board. Junior Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.) finished fourth in the 400m with a time of 59.00, an NEICAAA qualifier and fourth on the school record board.

Freshman Tori Daigle (Dayton, Maine) finished sixth in the long jump in her second meet as a Warrior with a personal best 5.17m jump that also ranks fourth on the school record board.

The men would see a first-place and record-breaking performance from junior John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) in the long jump. Fresh off breaking the school record in the high jump and pole vault last weekend, Braga added another record to the list with a 7.17m jump. That one jump was an NEICAAA, Division I ICAAAA, and NCAA provisional qualifier while ranking sixth in Division II. Sophomore Kenny Clarke (Oakland, N.J.) finished second in the event behind Braga with a 6.99m jump that ranks second on the school record board and is an NEICAAA qualifier.

Freshman Michael Cuesta (South Portland, Maine) had a fantastic overall day for the men as well, highlighted by a second-place finish in the triple jump with a school-record 13.63m jump. He also added a fourth-place finish in the 60m with a personal-best time of 7.14, and a fourth-place finish in the long jump at 6.41m that ranks fourth on the school record board, rounding out Warriors in three of the top four spots in the event.

Up Next
The Warriors head to the holiday break following Saturday’s meet, returning to action in 2016 when they compete at Harvard and Tufts on January 15-16.

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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