This is the third in our Top 12 of 2012 series. Every day for the rest of 2012, we will count down the Top 12 moments/games of the year with each program represented. With two Little East Conference Champions, a handful of wins against nationally ranked teams and several program firsts-2012 was quite the year.
Led by a slew of talented underclassmen, the UMass Boston Outdoor Track and Field team traveled to Westfield State University April 28 looking to dominate their conference competition. The Beacons did just that, behind freshman Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) who led UMB to a near sweep in the high jump and became the program's first All-American in over a decade.
Joseph and fellow freshman Kebba Nasso (Attleboro, Mass.) each grabbed a first-place finish, while freshman Tylor Hart (Newton, Mass.) picked up two second-place finishes to highlight the Men's fifth place finish.
While the Beacon's men's side recorded many top-10 places, the high-jump was dominated by a trio of freshman. Joseph easily destroyed the field with a height of 6-10.25 feet, good for the third best height nationally-up to that point. But it was Hart and Ervin Lofton (Ann Arbor, Mich.) who surprised the field, with personal-bests of 6'7" and 6'4" feet. The Beacons feat of posting three of the top four competitors was only matched by Keene State in the Men's Javelin Throw.
The women's side impressed as well earning a sixth-place finish behind strong sprinting and strong results in the field events.
Samara Faustin (Boston, Mass.) posted the best result of any Beacon on the women's side with a third place finish in the 200-meter dash, while Ari Leao (New Bedford, Mass.) ended the 400-meter dash in sixth place.
Jacqueline Conway (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Brittany Moore (Billerica, Mass.) led the field competitors with top-10 finishes.
With the majority of their top athletes back from 2011-12 and a new group of talented freshman, UMass Boston is looking for even bigger and better results in 2013.