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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Eight student-athletes from the Merrimack College women's track & field team saw their efforts from a fantastic outdoor season recognized in the form of selections to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-East Region Team, which were announced Tuesday.
The top-five individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions' top-three relay teams. A total of 671 men from 144 different institutions made up the 913 men's All-Region honors. On the women's side, 621 women from 147 institutions made up the 925 women's All-Region honors.
Senior Sarah Barnett (Bridgewater, Mass.) saw her name among the region's elite for the eighth time in her career, earning all-region accolades in the Heptathlon. The senior posted the region's third-best score in one of the season's prestigious events after garnering 4,331 points in the Heptathlon at the 2017 Northeast-10 Conference Championships, which was good for a runner-up finish and a second team all-conference selection. She also placed 10th in the event at the New England Championships.
Junior Carol Dimaiti (Medford, Mass.) was one of Merrimack's four honorees on its stellar 4x100-meter relay team, and that helped her secure her first career all-region nod. The junior and her three other teammates placed second at NE10s two weekends ago with a blistering school-record time of 46.97 seconds, the second-fastest in the region to date, which helped her garner all-conference second team honors in the process. A week later, she was part of the winning relay team at the New England Championships in the same event.
Senior Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.) was an all-region performer for the sixth time in her illustrious career, as she was recognized in both the 400-meter hurdles and on the 4x400-meter relay team. Downey had the region's second-best time in the former event, posting a school-record 1:01.63 mark at the NE10 Championships to earn all-conference second team distinction. Then, last weekend at the New England Championships, her efforts as part of the 4x400-meter relay team led to another second-place finish against the top teams in all three Divisions after running a combined time of 3:45.45. That came a week after that same relay team won the event at NE10s.
Junior Lauren MacGregor (Salem, N.H.) earned her third career all-region selection in the triple jump after her performance at the league championships. Her school-record distance of 11.56 meters (37' 11.25") would stand as the fifth-best in the region and was good for fourth best at NE10s. She finished with five top-five finishes this outdoor season in jumping events.
Senior Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) was one of two Warriors honored in four events to be recognized as an all-region honoree for the eighth time in her illustrious career. The senior and three-time national champion not only ran the region's fastest time in both the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes at 23.78 and 52.06 seconds, respectively; she currently ranks ninth and first, respectively, in both events on the national scale. She had already automatically qualified for the 400-meter dash for the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships and should qualify for the 200-meter dash, as well. The NE10 and New England champion in both of those aforementioned races, Muscaro also was part of the aforementioned all-region 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams; the former won at the New England Championships and placed second at NE10s, while the latter won at NE10s and finished second at New Englands.
Sophomore Michaela Pernell (Naugatuck, Conn.) was also a four-event all-region performer, doing so in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, as well as both aforementioned relay teams, to garner her fourth career all-region selection. Pernell had the region's second-fastest time in the 100-meter, running it in 11.74 seconds during the NE10 Championships on her way to winning the event and earning all-conference first team honors. That mark was the 20th-fastest in the country at the end of the regular season. She also boasted the fourth-fastest 200-meter dash time, accomplished last week at the New England Championships (24.15), while also keying both record-setting performances by the Warriors' top sprint relay teams.
Freshman Savanna Spencer (Seabrook, N.H.) 4x400m and junior Leniesha Williams (Bennington, Vt.) 4x100m were part of the aforementioned 4x400-meter and 4x100-meter relay teams, respectively, to round out the list of Merrimack all-region honorees. Spencer took home her second straight all-region accolade after doing so during the indoor season, while Williams was honored for the first time in her career.