CLAREMONT, Calif. – In his first NCAA Division III National Championship meet freshman high jumper Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) quickly put his name on the map as one of the top competitors in the country as he placed fourth overall in the event to earn the program's first All-America honors under head coach Consandria Walker.
With a leap of 6-09.00 feet, Joseph finished a mere 1.25 inches behind the top three jumpers in Trevor James from Carthage, Tommie Bardsley from Nebraska Wesleyan, and Jonas Elusme from Wartburg. All three competitors recorded a height of 6-10.25 feet, with the national championship going to James.
Currently the Beacons sit tied for 13th place overall, with Joseph's five points. Holding a firm grip on the overall men's team lead is Wisconsin-Oshkosh with their 21 points following the conclusion of the men's high jump.
Joseph cleared the bar in the first five heights topping off at the 6-09.00 mark. The Brockton native did go for his career-best of 6-10.25 feet, but was unable to hit the mark despite three valiant efforts.
As a freshman the future looks extremely bright for Joseph and the rest of the track and field team, which posted two program best finishes at the NCAA Division III New England Regional meet and at the ECAC Outdoor Championship. Joseph's showing at nationals capped off an amazing year in which he never finished worse than fifth, which only happened once all spring. Other than that, Joseph earned the top height in every meet he competed in including the two regional championships as well as the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championship.