Carly Muscaro, Merrimack: NCAA DII Athlete Hall of Fame, Class of 2022

Carly Muscaro took the Express Lane into the NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame. Muscaro got the call right after the five-year, post-graduation moratorium ended.

Did you expect anything different from the six-time NCAA champion and the divisional record-holder over 400 meters indoors, among other incredible accolades? Well, probably not.

Muscaro crammed her legendary career into her final two years on Merrimack’s campus.

From 2016 to 2017, Muscaro was unmatched at 400 meters. It didn’t matter if it was two laps (indoors) or one lap (outdoors): Muscaro won. Muscaro completed back-to-back sweeps of the national indoor and outdoor 400-meter crowns in those years and added a pair of 200-meter national titles to her haul during the 2017 academic year, too.

Quick times aren’t a prerequisite, but Muscaro had them in spades.

Muscaro owns five of the ten-fastest marks in NCAA DII history in the indoor two-lapper, including the 51.78 record that she used to win the NCAA title in 2017 (Muscaro holds both indoor meet records, oversized and regular-sized). Outdoors, Muscaro is No. 3 on the all-time, 400-meter chart at 51.17 with the fastest clocking since 1997 (Muscaro won the outdoor title in 2016 at 51.32, which was just 0.03 seconds from the meet record of 51.29 set ten years earlier).

National honors flooded Muscaro’s trophy case, in addition to All-America laurels and NE10 conference titles. Muscaro was a two-time USTFCCCA NCAA DII National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year in 2017, a two-time USTFCCCA NCAA DII Track Scholar Athlete of the Year and the recipient of the Honda National Division II Athlete of the Year.