2012 Little East Men's Outdoor Track Major Award Winners
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.—The Little East
Conference office announced its annual men’s outdoor track
and field major award recipients this afternoon. University of
Southern Maine senior Tim Even (Stoneham, Maine) was selected as
the Track Athlete of the Year, while Keene State College junior
Glenn Guilmette (Kensington, N.H.) was named the Field Athlete of
the Year. University of Massachusetts Boston swept the rookie
awards program as freshman Kebba Nasso (Attleboro, Mass.) and
classmate Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) earned Rookie Track Athlete
of the Year and Rookie Field Athlete of the Year, respectively.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Steve Gardiner was
tabbed as the Coach of the Year by his peers. Eastern Connecticut
State University captured the Team Sportsmanship Award for the
second-straight season to complete the 2012 edition of the major
Even became the first Husky to be chosen as the top male track athlete in the conference circuit since Curtis Wheeler headlined the 2008 awards program. The senior from Stoneham, Maine made his debut at the 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Claremont, Calif. this past spring, competing in the 1,500-meter run event. Even registered a time of three minutes, 58.90 seconds in his preliminary heat to finish 17th overall in the national field. He established a new Southern Maine standard in 1,500-meter run at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship when he crossed the finish line at three minutes, 51.12 seconds. Even completed the regional race in sixth to garner All-ECAC honors. Two weeks earlier, he posted the fourth fastest time at the 2012 New England Division III Championship (3:53.17). Even also secured All-Little East recognition for his second place performance in the 1,500-meter run (3:56.61), helping the Huskies place second in the Little East team standings.
Guilmette is the fifth consecutive Owl to be selected as the top field athlete in the conference, joining Bryan Kolacz (2009-11) and Frank Radlof (2008). The Kensington, N.H. product became the seventh member of the Keene State men’s outdoor track and field team to earn multiple All-America citations and 30th overall. The junior javelin specialist made his third appearance at the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past spring. Guilmette unleashed a throw of 66.38 meters to establish a new Owl record en route to a fourth place finish in the national standings. He warmed up for the national championship meet by capturing the New England Division III Championships at MIT on May 5 with a heave of 58.37 meters. Guilmette also earned the top spot on the podium at the New England Alliance and Little East Conference Championships at Westfield State University. He was selected as the conference’s top field athlete of the week three times on the campaign.
Nasso is the first Beacon to be named the top rookie track athlete in the Little East. The freshman from Attleboro, Mass. 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.
Joseph is also the first member of the UMass Boston men’s outdoor track and field team to be tabbed as the top rookie field athlete in the conference circuit. The freshman from Brockton, Mass. became 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.
Gardiner is making his debut on the Little East outdoor track and field major awards program. He led the Corsairs to the programs first Little East Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship this past spring. UMass Dartmouth captured four individual events and the 4X100-meter relay to snap Southern Maine’s three-year reign atop the Little East team standings. Under his watchful eye, freshman Phito Gondre (New Bedford, Mass.) established a new program record in the 100-meter dash to highlight the Corsairs’ 15th place finish at the New England Open Championships. The following weekend, Gardiner mentored four student-athletes that received All-ECAC accolades. He also supervised three members of the 2012 Little East Spring All-Academic Team. Gardiner was also selected the 2011-12 Little East Men’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.
Formed in 1986, the Little East serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes. Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship.