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BOSTON, Mass. – Continuing to build on a remarkable junior season, junior captain Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) ran the fastest time in the 400m ever run by a collegiate woman in New England at the John Thomas Terrier Invitational at Boston U. this past weekend, highlighting another weekend that saw the Merrimack College men’s and women’s track & field teams excel across two meets.

The Basics
 BU Terrier Invite | Art Farnham Invite (MIT)
Top Finishers:
 Women: Muscaro (1st – 400m @ BU) | Men: Hall (1st – 60m @ MIT)

What They Said
Head coach Jacky Mendes, “The BU Terrier Invite was a breakthrough meet for the Warriors. Great performances by both the women and men have brought them to the top of the conference, region, and national ranks. Carly’s 400m re-writes history as the fastest time by any New England woman. Minnie Pernell captured another NCAA provisional mark with the 200m while bettering her 60m time and contributing to the new 4 x 400m school record. We had so many outstanding performances. The Warriors are shaping up for the best postseason ever. ”

How It Happened
Muscaro continued her success on a national scale this weekend, as the Warriors competed against hundreds of athletes with many from Division I schools at the Terrier Invite. In posting the fastest time ever run by a collegiate woman in New England in the 400m (52.83), Muscaro won the event at the meet among a pool of 142 runners. That time is fastest in Division II, second in Division I, a school record and an NCAA Automatic Qualifier, her second of the year.

Freshman Michaela Pernell (Naugatuck, Conn.) again bettered herself in the 60m, posting a personal-best time of 7.67 in the 60m that placed her eighth out of 93 in the event and ranked the freshman 24th in all of Division II. Pernell also ran a time of 25.05 in the 200m, an NCAA Provisional Qualifying time and second on the school record board.

Junior Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.) shined for the Warriors in the 500m, posting a time of 1:16 flat that placed 16th out of 75 runners. The time ranks second on the school record board and is an NEICAAA Qualifier and an ECAC Division I Qualifier. Downey, Muscaro and Pernell combined with freshman Mariessa Ricciardi (Holden, Mass.) to set a new school record in the 4x400m relay (3:49.57)

The men would also see a new school record be set by junior Phil Harris (Plymouth, Mass.)with his time of 15:22.42 in the 5000m. A pair of freshmen in Jacob Robinson (Riverhead, N.Y.) and Tyler Lebel (Saco, Maine) would both get their names on the school record both as they both finished with the second-fastest time in school history in their events. Robinson did so in the 400m (50.57), while Lebel set his in the 500m (1:08.75).

Junior John Braga (North Reading, Mass.) continued to be a top-finisher for the men as he placed seventh in the long jump out of 72 athletes with a jump of 7.04m. Sophomore Connor Murphy (Paxton, Mass.) also had a nice showing for the Warriors, running a 4:23.25 mile that ranks him second on the school record board.

The Warriors also had some athletes competing and succeeding at the Art Farnham Invitational at MIT on Saturday. Freshman Juwan Hall (Waterbury, Conn.) won the 60m even at the invite with a time of 7.02, an NEICAAA Qualifier and ranking second on the school record board. Fellow freshman Trevor Ciempa (Adams, Mass.) came in first in the high jump with a 1.98m jump, also second on the school record board.

Up Next
The Warriors return to Boston next weekend for the Scarlet and White Invitational at Boston U. on Friday and Saturday.

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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