NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – For the first time in the history of the UMass Boston outdoor track and field program, freshmen Kebba Nasso (Attleboro, Mass.) and Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) were named the conference's top rookie athletes as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. Nasso became the first Beacon to be named Rookie Track Athlete of the Year, while Joseph earned the program's first outdoor Rookie Field Athlete of the Year.
Nasso made an immediate impact on the UMass Boston roster, establishing a new program record in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. Nasso produced the fastest 200-meter time in program history at the Division III New England meet when he tripped the timer at 22.06 seconds to place third. He set the Beacon standard in the 400-meter dash at the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championships. The All-ECAC honoree finished third with a time of 48.56 seconds. Nasso claimed the New England Alliance and Little East Conference individual titles in the 400-meter dash (48.86 seconds), while recording the third fastest time in the conference standings in the 200-meter dash. He owned the league's weekly top rookie track athlete award this season, winning the honor five out of the nine times it was presented.
For Joseph his rookie season with the track and field program saw the freshman from Brockton, Mass. become the first Beacon to earn an All-America citation under the guidance of head coach Consandria Walker. In his first appearance at the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship, Joseph cleared 2.06 meters to place fourth among the 17 national qualifiers in the high jump event. He established the UMass Boston program record in the high jump at the New England Alliance and Little East Championships when Joseph topped the height of 2.09 meters to capture the individual title. Highly decorated, Joseph stood atop the awards podium in seven of the eight meets he entered. Joseph's impressive rookie resume as included top honors in the high jump at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championship and Division III New England Championship. He was selected as the conference's top rookie field athlete of the week six times during the season.