Senior Salvatore Masciarelli from Northbridge, MA, signed his National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field for Central Connecticut State University this Saturday.
Masciarelli is a two-year captain of the Marianapolis Track and Field team and has been competing since eighth grade, when his mother started a program at his middle school. His events include the 800m, 1500m, 3000m, and 4x4. The runner also competed in Cross Country during his time at Marianapolis.
Following his signing on Saturday, Masciarelli broke the school record for the 1500m with a time of 4:21.57.
In choosing Central Connecticut, Sal stated multiple reasons. The first was that he’d be able to run immediately, compared to other schools that only run a select few. Another was that the program and athletes held similar ideas and ambitions to his own.
“The goals of the team, where they want to be in the next couple of years, and what they want to accomplish, I think my goals line up with theirs,” Masciarelli said. “That’s the kind of atmosphere I want to be in.”
While Masciarelli has earned a great deal of points for his team across meets, he claims the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2018, his freshman year, as his favorite. That year, he beat his seed of 11 to come in the top 6, and his times have only improved since.
"Sal is a focused and hard working athlete who has pushed himself to grow each season. A consummate competitor, he is a runner's runner, who brings his best self to each workout and race," head coach David DiCicco said. "As a captain of the Track and Field Team, Sal has been a strong supporter of returning and new athletes alike. We are excited to continue to cheer Sal on in this next chapter of his athletic career. "
In college, Masciarelli looks forward to training with others who share his passion for and commitment to running.
Central Connecticut State University is a Division I school competing in the Northeast Conference.