WEEK 24 (WOMEN): Carly Muscaro (Women's Track & Field | Senior | Ashland, Mass.)
After taking home two National Titles at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham, Alabama this past weekend, senior captain Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) of the No. 15 Merrimack College women's track & field team has been named the Fuddruckers Female Athlete of the Week.
Having won two consecutive 400m titles entering the championships, in both the outdoor and indoor seasons last year, and registering the second-fastest time in Division II history in the event this season, Muscaro entered the 400m final as the clear favorite for the title. The now four-time National Champion did not disappoint, running the fastest time in Division II history in the event at 51.78 to defend her title in the 400m from the 2016 indoor season, which was the first individual championship in Merrimack College history.
Muscaro's all-time best perofrmance in the 400m at the 2017 Indoor Championships bests the previous Division II all-time record set by Lorraine Graham at the 1997 Indoor Championships, which was a time of 52.22. Muscaro had previously run 52.27 earlier this season to rank second behind Graham at the time.
Less than one hour after running her way to her second 400m Indoor National Championship, Muscaro would find herself lining back up on the track for the 200m final. Despite having just deliviered the best performance in Division II history not long before, Muscaro would somehow manage to post a personal-best time in the 200m at 23.57 to also garner her first-career 200m National Championship and take home two titles from Nationals for the first time.
Muscaro closed out her weekend with another incredible run in the 4x400m relay, running the fastest split at the Championships (51.50) in the anchor leg to lift Merrimack to a program-best fourth-place finish and earn All-American status. That time was better than any runner on eight of 12 Division I relay teams, as well.
Thanks in large part to her efforts, Muscaro also helped lead the Warriors to a seventh-place team finish at Nationals, which is the best in program history.
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