For the first time in program history, the Merrimack College men’s track and field program will send two athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Sophomore Patrick Forrestand junior Eric Rosario will represent Merrimack for the first time, and will both be competing in the 400 meter sprint.
The 2019 Division II NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held at Texas A&M – Kingsville, and will take place May 23-25. The 400 meter preliminary heat will be held Thursday, May 23 at 6:40 p.m., with the final to take place Saturday, May 25. at 6:25 p.m.
Forrest is coming off a record-setting season for the Warriors. After setting program records in the 200 meter, 400 meter, and 4×400 relay, the sophomore hit provisional qualifying marks in all three events. A sensational finish at the New England Outdoor Track & Field Championships that saw podium results in all three events, Forrest sits with the best regional time and second-best time in all of Division II in the 400 meter (46.91), which is the only event he will be competing in at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Rosario will be making his first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championship, and will also run in the 400 meter. Rosario’s season has been nothing short of exceptional, helping the Warriors claim back-to-back 4×400 relay victories in both the indoor and outdoor Northeast-10 Conference Championships. The junior ran his best at the NE10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, setting personal records in both the 200 meter and 400 meter, and claimed a second-place finish in the 400 meter. He saw two top-four finished at the New England Outdoor Championship, and holds the third-best regional time in the 400 meter, putting him 17th in the country with a 47.14.
The program finished its final season as a Division II program with its best conference result in program history, placing second in the NE10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Additionally, it saw a sixth place finish in a field of 38 programs from all divisions at the 2019 New England Outdoor Track & Field Championships.