EUGENE, Ore. – Junior All-American and national champion Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.), who has scripted a three-year racing career that has defied expectations, odds, and logic with each passing race and title after title, wrapped up the most incredible individual academic years by a student-athlete in the history of Merrimack College Athletics by putting forth a valiant effort in the semifinal race of the 400-meter dash at the 2016 USA Track & Field Summer Olympic Trials on Saturday. Muscaro placed 14th while running against other world-class athletes, some of whom will be heading to Brazil next month or the Rio Olympic Games.
Event: 2016 USATF Summer Olympic Trials
Top Competitors: Carly Muscaro (14th/400m Dash Preliminary Round)
Location: Hayward Field | Eugene, Ore.
How It Happened
Muscaro qualified for Saturday’s semifinal race after another sensational effort on Friday when she crossed the line in 52.11 seconds, which was the 14th-fastest time overall amidst a group of 28 athletes.
The Ashland, Massachusetts, native was the only Division II representative and one of only five collegiate runners competing in either of Saturday’s heats. Muscaro’s heat, in particular, was comprised of two American athletes ranked in the top-10 of the 400-meter women’s world rankings: Francena McCorory (3rd) and Allyson Felix (9th).
Muscaro put forth a valiant effort, one that would have been among the best in Division II at any point this year; she posted a time of 52.68 seconds, finishing the semifinal ranked 14th out of 16 runners.
The two-time national champion in the 400-meter dash – with both titles coming in 2015-16 – officially wraps up the year as an athletic and academic All-American, a New England champion and record-setter, a conference champion, and countless other accolades that she picked up along the way.
While hard to articulately summate and acknowledge all of her accomplishments to date in words alone, Muscaro will finally enjoy a brief respite for a portion of the summer before turning her sights to her senior campaign, one that – should her previous year-to-year ascension be any indication – will be even more successful than this, as difficult as that is to imagine.