Tom Conley ’15, Associate Sports Editor
Photo Credit: Merrimack Athletics
The second semester has gotten off to a slow start with record-breaking snowfall, but one thing the weather can’t slow down is our Warrior Spotlight focus this week, Carly Muscaro. The track & field standout has been on a hot streak ever since she started her career as a Warrior. Last year, the then freshman, Muscaro finished second at the NCAA outdoor national meet in the 400-meter. The time she recorded was her best ever, clocking in at an impressive 53.43 seconds, which helped her go on to be named an All-American. Still as a freshman, Muscaro finished first in both the NE-10 and NEICAA (all schools in New England, all divisions) outdoor meets in the 400 meter. This year as a sophomore, she is ranked number one as a 400 runner in the NCAA Division 2, with a time of 54.10 seconds. Come March she will be heading to Birmingham, Alabama to compete at the national meet. Now lets take a minute to catch up with our student-athlete, Carly Muscaro.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Ashland, MA but I moved to Wellesley, MA last summer.
Q: How long have you been running?
A: Since 7th grade so 7 years.
Q: How did you get started with running?
A: I was always the fast kid. I played soccer and would just run by people all the time. Our middle school had track that allowed 7th and 8th graders to participate so I started in the 7th grade.
Q: What’s your favorite aspect about Merrimack?
A: The community. Everyone at Merrimack is friendly. I feel like I am truly a part of something great here.
Q: What’s your major?
Q: How do you prepare for a race?
A: I listen to music while warming up. My favorite song before a race is Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight”. Right before I am about to race my Coach, Pete Early, comes and talks to me. He really pumps me up. He knows how to get me motivated. He reminds me that I am a great competitor and I should forget about everything else and just leave everything I have on the track. If it wasn’t for him, I really don’t think I would race well.
Q: What type of music do you listen to while running in your free time (if any)?
A: A lot of classic rock and alternative. As I said before, Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight” is the go to song.
Q: What’s your proudest moment as your time as a Merrimack athlete?
A: When I placed 2nd at the national outdoor meet. I came in 10th at the indoor national meet and was disappointed. I knew I could do better. I made it to the finals of the outdoor meet two months later and my coach said, “Why not you, Carly?”. I knew I could do something great despite all the obstacles I faced up until that moment. When I ran the race, I was behind coming down the final 100m. I gave it one last push and everything I had. I ended up in second place and even passed a girl right at the finish line. I saw my name up on the board next to 2nd place and I just dropped to my knees. It was the happiest moment of not only my time as a Merrimack athlete, but also my life. I worked so hard and it finally paid off. At the award ceremony, I hoisted up the trophy and had the biggest smile on my face. I saw my parents and coach in the stands and I couldn’t have been happier.
Q: What is your best-recorded time, in any event?
A: 53.43 in the 400m outdoor
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
A: Soccer, I used to play and I still wish I did, but I have to focus on track.