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PITTSBURG, Kansas – As competition begins at the 2016 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday, junior John Braga (North Reading, Mass.), junior captain Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) and the women’s 4x400m relay team of the Merrimack College men’s and #22 women’s track & field teams will look to start the weekend on the right foot in the early events and preliminary rounds.

The Basics
 March 11-12, 2016
 Braga (Heptathlon) | Muscaro (400m) | Women’s 4x400m Relay
 Pittsburg State University | Pittsburg, Kansas

Links:  Results (Heptathlon) | Results (Track) | Watch Live

The Schedule
Braga will get the action started for the Warriors in the first events of the championship as he will compete in four of the seven events of the heptathlon in his first trip to Nationals. Braga will complete the 60m dash, long jump, shot put, and high jump beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday morning. He finishes up on Saturday morning with the 60m hurdles, pole vault, and 1000m, and will be finished competing around 2:00 p.m.  Saturday.

Muscaro will race in the preliminary round of the 400m at the national championship on Friday, where she is the top-seeded runner with the fastest time in Division II in the event this season. The prelims will be run at 6:05 p.m. on Friday. The finals for the 400m event are scheduled for Saturday at 6:25 p.m. and like all events can be streamed live online.

With no preliminary rounds for the relay events, the women’s 4x400m relay team will race in the final event of the weekend at Nationals, scheduled for Saturday at 8:15 p.m. The team, made up of Muscaro, junior Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.), sophomore Kiana Weary (Brockton, Mass.), and freshman Mariessa Ricciardi (Holden, Mass.) enter the event as the seventh-seeded team, qualifying with their time of 3:44.89 at the New England Championships.

How to Follow
Live results for Braga and the heptathlon can be found by clicking here. The live results for Muscaro’s preliminary 400m run are available at this link, while the results for the 400m finals as well as the women’s 4x400m relay race are available here. All events of the championship will be streamed live online by the NCAA at

Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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