2016-17 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Carly Muscaro (Track & Field | Senior | Ashland, Mass.)
Following a banner conclusion to a magical career that exceeded every possible expectation, senior sprinter Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) of the Merrimack College women's track & field team has been named the Fuddruckers Female Athlete of the Year.
Muscaro graduates not only as the most decorated student-athlete in Merrimack College history, but arguably in Northeast-10 Conference history, as well. The Ashland, Massachusetts, native won four more national championships over the past academic year, claiming the 200-meter and 400-meter dash titles at both the NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Chamionships.
Muscaro also ran the fastest indoor 400-meter time in the history of Division II and was named the USTFCCCA Division II Women's Track Athlete of the Year during the indoor season, becoming the first student-athlete in school history to do so.
Muscaro, who became the first-ever student-athlete to qualify for the national championships as a freshman during the indoor season, was the NE10 and New England champion in both of those aforementioned races during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Muscaro finished her indoor senior campaign by repeating as the National Champion in the 400m dash, doing so in incredible fashion by breaking the all-time Division II record in the event by posting a time of 51.78. She went on to win her first-ever 200m title less than an hour later at a time of 23.57. She helped the women's 4x400-meter relay team place fourth to earn All-America honors and helped the team place seventh at indoor nationals, the highest-ever team finish in program history.Muscaro was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer at the NE10 Championship, as well, and would go on to run a sub-52-second 400-meter dash at nationals to claim her second straight outdoor crown (fourth straight overall in the event) before avenging a .01-second loss in the 200-meter finals from last spring, wrapping up her career with six titles and four runner-up finishes while also helping a pair of 4x400-meter relay teams earn All-America status at the last two indoor national championships. In total, Muscaro was an All-American in 12 different events over her career and is also a five-time USTFCCA Regional Track Athlete of the Year, earning her third straight accolade for the outdoor season two weeks ago. An eight-time USTFCCA All-East Region honoree, Muscaro is also a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.
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