In a year that has featured more historic performances than her previous two seasons combined, junior sprinter Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.)piled on yet another accolade after being named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week for the third time in 2015-16, as announced Tuesday morning.
Earning her third National Athlete of the Week recognition – and first during the outdoor season – Muscaro assured herself of the honor after running the fastest 400m time this millennium, and the third-fastest overall in the history of Division II women’s track & field.
Muscaro ran – and won – the event in a lightning-fast 51.17 seconds to win the New England (NEICAAA) Outdoor Championships title, setting in a new record at the New England Championships while posting the third-fastest time in NCAA DII history. The only two DII times faster than Muscaro were run in 1978 by Rosalyn Bryant (50.93) and in 1997 by Lorraine Grahams (51.04).
That time broke her own personal school record, the previous all-time meet record, and the all-time New England Intercollegiate record.
Among all collegians this year, Muscaro is now ranked seventh in the nation and has now qualified both for the USATF Olympic Trials in early July in Eugene, Oregonand, if she makes it through the Trials, the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Muscaro also played a huge role in helping the 4x400m relay team improve its own school record time, as the quartet ran the event in 3:45.21 for a second-place finish at New England’s.