The Mack Report

Muscaro Wins 400m, Sets New League Record at NE-10 Championships

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EASTON, Mass. – Freshman sprinter Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) added yet another accolade to her already historic rookie season by winning the 400m run in record-setting fashion, as the Merrimack College men’s and women’s track & field teams posted historic finishes at the 2014 Northeast-10 Conference Track & Field Championships over the weekend at Stonehill College.

The Basics
Event:
 2014 NE-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Team Finish:
 Men (7th/10) | Women (5th/10)
Location:
 Stonehill College | Easton, Mass.

What They Said
Head coach Matt Pimentel: “The past two days showed how hard our student-athletes have worked this entire year. This was a true team effort. I can not be happier with the team’s  improvement from last season. Everyone stepped up and performed above and beyond what we expected.”

How It Happened
Enjoying their best year to date as a varsity program, the men and women each registered historic finishes in the team standings by the time the final competition concluded on Saturday.

Finishing no better than ninth in any of the previous three outdoor championships, the men’s side placed seventh out of 10 schools, while the women were even better, placing fifth out of 10 for their best-ever finish in the four-year history of the program.

Muscaro once again was the star of the show; the NE-10 Female Track Rookie of the Year at the indoor championships back in February, the Ashland, Mass., native set the new conference record by winning the 400m dash in an incredible 54.33 seconds, earning 10 team points in the process while once again provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, as well.

Muscaro entered the weekend ranked fourth nationally in the event and is a near-lock to qualify yet again after becoming the first-ever student-athlete to qualify for the national championships during the indoor season.

Senior Briana Devereaux (Londonderry, N.H.) picked up four team points with a fifth-place finish in the 800m (2:20.24 seconds), while sophomore Kristin Schmidt(Athens, N.Y.) picked up another point with an eighth-place effort in the 5000m run (18:42.42). Finally, sophomore Kerry Phelan (Peabody, Mass.) placed fifth in the 10,000m run in 41:54.95 seconds to earn more team points, while junior Christine Manfra ( ) picked up six more with a third-place finish in the 400m hurdles (1:05.30).

Junior Kelsey Grimmer (Shelton, Conn.) contributed five team points with a fifth-place finish in the Steeplechase (11:55.34), while all three relay teams picked up points in the team standings as well, highlighted by a victory from the 4x800m team comprised of Devereaux, sophomore Bethany Labossier (Derry, N.H.), freshmanKathleen Carney (Glastonbury, Conn.) and Muscaro.

In field events, rookie Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.) placed second in the high jump with a final distance of 1.65m, while junior Ashley Wright (Somersworth, N.H.) notched three more points in the javelin with a final distance of 33.00m.

Three different Warriors picked up points in the heptathlon, with Downey leading the way thanks to a fourth-place finish in the two-day event, picking up five team points in the process.

Final Men’s Standings
1. Southern Connecticut – 213.5
2. Stonehill – 146
3. American International – 141
4. Franklin Pierce – 91.50
5. Adelphi – 71
6. New Haven – 63
7. Merrimack – 46
8. Saint Rose – 35
9. Bentley – 23
10. Assumption – 21

Final Women’s Standings
1. Stonehill – 197
2. Southern Connecticut – 148
3. New Haven – 132
4. American International – 100
5. Merrimack – 77
6. Adelphi – 65
7. Saint Rose – 47
8. Franklin Pierce – 35
9. Bentley – 30
10. Assumption – 26

Up Next
The Warriors will have one more weekend of regular season competition, as Merrimack will send its best competitors to square off against the top performers from New England at the Division I, II and III ranks at the New England Championships starting next Friday (May 9) at Westfield State.