Rising senior Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) of the Merrimack College women’s track & field program travels to Eugene, Ore. this weekend to run in the 400-meter dash at the 2016 U.S Olympic Team Trials. The 400-meter prelims begin tomorrow evening at 8:45 p.m., with the semifinals (4:30 p.m.) and finals (7:38 p.m.) occurring on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Muscaro is coming off national championships in the 400 during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Dates: 7/1 – 7/3
Event: Carly Muscaro (400-meter dash)
Times: First Round – 11:45 p.m. (ET) (7/1) | Semifinals – 7:30 p.m. (ET) (7/2) | Finals – 7:38 p.m. (ET) (7/3)
Location: Hayward Field | Eugene, Ore.
All times listed on the Meet Schedule above are in Pacific Standard Time
Muscaro qualified for the Olympic Trials following her New England Intercollegiate record-breaking time of 51.17 seconds earlier this spring at the New England (NEICAAA) Championships. That time marked the fastest of Muscaro’s illustrious career, breaking the school and meet record as well. The time set the national mark for Division II and also ranked as the fifth highest among Division I times.
This will be a return trip to Oregon for the national champion in the 400-meter dash, as Muscaro travelled to Hayward Field located in “Tracktown USA” last year for the USATF Outdoor Championships as well as two summers ago for the Junior Championships.
Twenty-eight women will compete in the 400 this weekend. Muscaro is the lone representative from Division II, as the nine other collegiate participants represent Division I institutions. Of the 28 women in the field, Muscaro had the 13th-best qualifying time.
Allyson Felix arrives in Oregon as the favorite, boasting a qualifying time of 49.26 seconds, nearly a half-a-second faster than the closest qualifier. She is the reigning World Champion in the 400 and won Olympic Gold in the 200-meter dash in 2012.
The top three finishers in each individual event make the United States Olympic Team, and travel to Rio de Janeiro this August for the 2016 Summer Olympics.