LOS ANGELES – Recent graduate and six-time All-American Carly Muscaro (Ashland, Mass.) of the Merrimack College women's track & field team claimed the most prestigious honor of her decoraded career Monday night when she officially received her Honda Division II Athlete of the Year award by The Collegiate Women Sports Awards.
Muscaro was honored along with the other award recipients from all three Divisions during a live TV broadcast on CBS Sports Network from the University of Southern California's Galen Center in Los Angeles.
After being named the Honda Division II Athlete of the Year in early June, Muscaro has continued to add to her mantle of awards, honors and accolades that has cemented her status as the most decoraded student-athlete both in Merrimack and in Northeast-10 Conference history. She recently was named a CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team for the second straight season after graduating with a 3.88 cumulative grade-point-average with a degree in Criminology.
Additionally, the 12-time All-American added her third consecutive NE10 Track Athlete of the Year honor to her mantelpiece and was also recently named the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Outdoor Women's Track Athlete of the Year -- her second straight outdoor honor and third overall -- after capturing two national titles in the 200 meters and 400 meters. Overall, she concluded her career with six national titles and is a 12-time USTFCCCA First Team All-American. She also was a five-time USTFCCCA East Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year
The Ashland, Massachusetts, native was also named the Most Outstanding Track Performer at the 2017 NE10 Championship and closed her career with six NE10 Conference titles. In addition to her performance on the track, she was named the NE10 Female Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year to additionally signify her dominant senior year in the classroom, as well.
Swimmer Katie Ledecky of Stanford received the prestigious Honda Cup as the College Women Athlete of the Year in Division I with Washington's Kelsey Plum (women's basketball) and Georgia's Kendell Williams (track & field) rounding out the award's "Top Three", which were announced toward the end of Monday's ceremony.
Also considered for the Honda Cup were nine other Honda Sports Award winners: Inky Ajanaku (Stanford volleyball), Kelly Barnhill (Florida softball), Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia soccer), Katie Ledecky (Stanford swimming), Alex McMurtry (Florida gymnastics), Greta Nauck (Delaware field hockey), Kelsey Plum (Washington basketball), Karissa Schweizer (Missouri cross country) and Zoe Stukenburg (Maryland lacrosse), Monica Vaughn (Arizona State golf), Kendell Williams (Georgia track & field) and Belinda Woolcock (Florida tennis).
In addition to the Honda Cup being unveiled, the Class of 2017 Honda Inspiration Award winner, Nicole Stafford (Swimming & Diving, Stanford University), and the Division III Honda Athlete of the Year, Lizzy Crist (Soccer, Washington University in St. Louis), were also recognized.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards is celebrating its 41st year of honoring the nation's top NCAA women athletes, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has been a 31-year sponsor and provided more than $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.