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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Backed by historic finishes by the men's and women's track & field teams in the league championship meet, the Merrimack College Athletic Department concluded the winter season ranked fourth in the 2015-16 Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Cup Standings, as announced by the league on Thursday.
Merrimack, which was ranked second in the fall Presidents' Cup Standings, picked up 29 points in the league standings and stand at 109.5 total points through the first two-thirds of the academic year.
Those points were garnered thanks to a historic third-place and sixth-place finish by the women's and men's track & field teams, respectively, at the 2016 NE-10 Indoor Championships in February. The women's side had never finished higher than fourth in their six-year history, while the men's top previous performance was an eighth-place finish.
Junior Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) was named the meet's Co-Most Outstanding Track Performer, while the men posted four top-three finishes to fuel the unprecedented finishes at the league championship meet.
Points were also garnered by the men's and women's basketball teams, which both placed sixth in the Northeast Division of their respective regular season standings.
Finally, the women's swimming team enjoyed its most success in three years as a program and held its own at the 2016 NE-10 Championships, as well.
The Presidents' Cup is presented annually to signify overall athletic excellence in the Northeast-10 Conference. The honor is awarded to the institution that compiles the most cumulative points, based on finishes in the regular-season standings, from all of its programs competing in league championships.
Point totals for the winter season were garnered by NE-10 schools' performances in the sports of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's swimming, and men's ice hockey.
Bentley charged into first place in the Presidents' Cup standings by securing more than 50 points in the winter season and edged ahead of Adelphi – who was in first place after the fall season – with 131.5 points. After the second-place Panthers, who finished the winter with 123 points, was Stonehill, who moved up from fifth to third place and has 116 points after the winter.
Following the fourth-place Warriors, who had 109.5 points after the winter, were American International (102.5), Assumption (102), and Southern Connecticut (101) in spots 5-7, as the three schools were separated by just 1-1/2 points. Southern New Hampshire rounded out the top-eight with 96.5 points.
For the complete standings through the fall season, please see below. For the year-by-year history of past Presidents' Cup winners, please click here.
2015-16 Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Cup Standings Through Winter Season
1. Bentley - 131.5
2. Adelphi - 123.0
3. Stonehill - 116.0
4. Merrimack - 109.5
5. American International - 102.5
6. Assumption - 102.0
7. Southern Connecticut - 101.0
8. Southern New Hampshire - 96.5
9. Franklin Pierce - 91.0
10. Le Moyne - 86.0
11. Saint Rose - 81.0
12. Saint Anselm - 72.5
13. New Haven - 68.0
14. Saint Michael's - 43.0
15. Pace - 37.5