Nasso Breaks 400 Record; Provisionally Qualifies for Nationals at ECAC Championship
NEW YORK, N.Y. – In the final meet before next week's national championship in Grinnell, Iowa freshman sprinter Kebba Nasso (Attleboro, Mass.) posted another record setting time in the 400 meter dash and provisionally qualified for the national championship meet at the 2012 ECAC Indoor Championship Meet at the New Balance Armory Saturday afternoon.
Nasso's new program record time of 48.76 seconds earned the Attleboro native a third place finish behind Paul Dedewo from City College of New York (48.52) and Matthew Curtis of Rutgers-Camden (48.68).
A national qualifier for most of his freshman indoor season, Nasso's final time should increase his chances of earning a plane ticket to Iowa. The NCAA will announce this year's national championship participants on Monday on NCAA.com.
Not only did Nasso compete in the 400, but he also posted a top-10 finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.57 to earn ninth place. On Friday, he leaped his way to a 14th place finish in the triple jump with a final mark of 44-03.50 feet.
Also competing on Friday was the lone competitor from the women's team in Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.). The junior finished the 60 meter dash qualifying round in 26th place with a time of 8.15 seconds.
In the long jump event Henry Morales (Chelsea, Mass.) posted a 28th place finish with a jump of 20-05.25 feet. Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) finished tied for fifth in the high jump with a leap of 6-03.50 feet.
Junior Jake Kerin (Quincy, Mass.) recorded a time of 1:57.83 to finish in 21st place in Saturday's championship meet.
Nasso will now wait to see if his time in the 400 meter dash has earned him a place in the National Championship meet. If he does qualify the preliminary round of the 400 meter is scheduled for March 9 at 6:05 p.m. The finals will be held on March 10 at approximately 4:15 p.m.