Hagopian, Sharks set to Compete in 2022

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As the fall semester quickly approaches, Head Coach Bryan Hagopian and the Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s cross-country programs are gearing up to hit the ground running for their 2022 season.  

The Sharks will compete in just five regular season races during the 2022 campaign, beginning with a race in Miami Gardens, on the campus of St. Thomas University on Aug. 27.  

“In past seasons, we have run quite a few races, but this year we decided to shift our philosophy,” said Hagopian. “This season, we decided to limit the amount of races and split the teams, so that everyone has a chance to compete at a high-level and to keep our student-athletes as fresh as possible for our conference championship race.” 

NSU returns to race on Sat., Sept. 24 at Embry-Riddle (Daytona Beach) and follows with a competition at Florida Atlantic (Boca Raton) on 9/30. The Sharks then travel to Tampa to race at South Florida on 10/14 before concluding their regular season on Oct. 22 at Alabama-Huntsville.  

“We’ve made some great additions, with Luca Brang and David Mahnke to our team and feel strongly about our returning runners,” continued Hagopian. “Ivanova Yanes, Maya Espinosa, Eden Toal, and Kamila Soja give us experience that can lead us into our conference and national races.” 

The Sunshine State Conference Championship race is on Nov. 5, in Daytona Beach, while the NCAA South Region Meet is set for Sat., 11/19, and the NCAA National Championship meet is on 12/3 in Seattle, Wa.  

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Cross Country, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter at NSU_XCTF.  

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NSU Completes Season at NCAA Regionals

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams completed their 2021 fall season at the NCAA South Region Championship Race on Saturday morning from the Abby Cross-Country Course. The regional championship race was hosted by Saint Leo. NSU’s women’s cross-country team placed seventh in a 18-team field, while the men’s finished 15th.

Placing: Men’s (15th); Women’s (7th)
Total Time: Men (10K) 3:01:33; Women (6K) 1:59:49.
Average Time: Men, 36:18; Women, 23:57
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  • Joseph Salerno was the lone Shark runner to place within the top-50 at the regional race, finishing the 10K in 34:19.
  • Trey May completed the meet in 36:07, while Aaron Weimer finished in 36:29.
  • Zachary Pizzo held an average mile time of 5:55.3.


  • First-Team All-Sunshine State Conference selection Ivanova Yanes added an All-Regional team honor to her accolades on the season, placing 22nd overall to lead the Sharks.
  • Kamila Soja finished 27th, completing the six-kilometer race in 23:25.
  • Eden Toal (45th) held an average mile time of 6:29 and was the third NSU runner to complete the race.
  • Leah Marville came in two seconds behind Toal, finishing 48th with a time of 24:13.
  • Maya Espinosa completed the race in 24:38.

The NCAA Regional Meet concluded the season for the Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams. Be sure to follow on Twitter and Instagram (NSU_XCTF) and Facebook (Nova Southeastern University Cross Country/Track & Field) for updates on the 2022 Sharks Track season.

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NSU Cross Country Races at SSC Championship

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams raced in the Sunshine State Conference Championship Meet on Saturday morning. The men’s team placed sixth overall in the eight-team field, while the women finished fifth in a seven-team field. Ivanova Yanes was the top placer for the Sharks, finishing the 8-kilometer race in sixth place and was named to the All-Championship team. 


Scores: Men 6th, 176; Women 5th, 111 

Location: Lakeland, Fla. | Holloway Park 


  • Joseph Salerno was the top finisher on the men’s side, placing 18th and finishing in 25:54. 
  • Aaron Weimer added a top-30 finish for the Sharks, coming in 27th at 26:38. 
  • Trey May (40th/27.37), Justin Haber (45th/27:59), and Zachary Pizzo (46th/28:18) were the final three placers for Nova Southeastern, all coming in the top-50. 


  • Ivanova Yanes earned All-Championship team honors after placing sixth overall in the women’s race, completing the track in 22:40. 
  • Kamila Soja also placed within the top-20 for NSU, finishing in 23:32, which was good for 17th place. 
  • Leah Marville (23rd/23:59) and Maya Espinosa (25th/24:05) were all top-25 placers for the Sharks. 
  • Eden Toal completed the top-five finishers for Nova Southeastern, completing the race in 25:08. 


Both the Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams have earned bids to the NCAA South Region Championship on Sat., Nov. 6 at Saint Leo.  

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NSU Cross Country Performs Well at Final Regular Season Meet

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country programs raced in a tri-meet at St. Thomas (Fla.) earlier today, competing against Florida National and St. Thomas. The Sharks women’s team earned the win, while NSU’s men’s team placed second.  


Men’s Total Score: 40, Average Time: 19:17; Total Time: 1:36:25.53 

Women’s Total Score: 16; Average Time: 20:37; Total Time: 1:43:08.07 


  • Nova Southeastern dominated the women’s side, with Sharks placing in each spot of the top-four, and eight wining the top-10. 
  • Kamila Soja earned the victory, finishing the five-kilometer race in 19:15. 
  • Maya Espinosa placed second, with an average time of 4:05 per kilometer. 
  • Corinne Renshaw (3rd/20:40) and Christina Adams (4th/20:58) rounded out the top-four placers for NSU. 
  • Lauren Breski (6th/21:44), Caitlyn Rogers (7th/21:53), Tessa Grotzinger (9th/22:06) and Grace Moriarty (10th/22:22) were the remaining top-10 finishers for Nova Southeastern. 


  • Aaron Weimer was the first Shark to finish, placing second on the men’s side and finishing in 17:02. 
  • Haydon Patrick also placed top-five for the Sharks (17:38) 
  • Cote Strike was the third and final Shark to place top-10, completing the 5K in 18:06. 
  • Cormac Gilmore (13th/21:04) and Frank Caicedo (14th/22:33) were the final NSU participants to complete the race.  


The Sharks have completed their 2021 regular season and now look ahead to the Sunshine State Conference Championship Meet on Sat., Oct. 23. 

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Sharks Look to Finish 2021 Regular Season Strong

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Cross-Country programs will race in a tri-meet against St. Thomas and Florida National on Sat., Oct. 9, completing the 2021 regular season. 

Head Coach Bryan Hagopian leads the Sharks to the season finale and is expecting this weekend to prepare NSU for the Sunshine State Conference Championship meet in two weeks on 10/23. “We’re excited to be competing this weekend against two great programs in St. Thomas and Florida National,” said Hagopian. “This will be a challenging meet, but a great opportunity for some of our younger student-athletes to gain experience. 

The Sharks have enjoyed success on both the men’s and women’s sides this season, with the women winning a tri-meet at Palm Beach Atlantic on 9/4 and claiming second place at the Florida Runner’s meet on 10/1. On the flipside, the men’s team placed third at PBA and at the Florida Runner’s. 

Kamila Soja finished top-four at the Florida Runner’s meet in Lakeland, completing the track in 19:24, and was one of two Sharks to place within in the first-four. Christina Adams also placed well at the meet, finishing in 20th place in 21:14. The Sharks men’s team will feature runners Haydon Patrick, Cote Strike and Aaron Weimer

This weekend’s meet will be run from the campus of St. Thomas. To stay up-to-date on all things NSU Cross Country, follow us on Twitter and Instagram – NSU_XCTF and Facebook – Nova Southeastern Cross Country/Track and Field. 

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Yanes Claims Victory, Leads NSU to Second Place Finish

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams competed in the Florida Runners meet on Friday morning from Holloway Park. The NSU Men’s team placed third overall in the eight-team field, while the Sharks women’s team finished second overall, with Ivanova Yanes earning a victory. 


Men’s Total Score: 85; Average Time: 29:00; Total Time: 2:24:58 

Women’s Total Score: 51; Average Time: 20:10; Total Time: 1:40:48 


  • Yanes placed first overall in the 103-runner field, claiming the victory with a time of 18:55. Yanes completed the 5-kilometer track a full ten seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.  
  • Kamila Soja finished in fourth-place (19:24), trailing only Yanes and two runners from the University of South Florida. 
  • Maya Espinosa earned a tenth-place finish in the meet, completing the race in 20:24. Yanes, Soja, and Espinosa were three-of-four non-division one runners to place within the top-10. 
  • Jillian Norris (16th/20:47) and Christina Adams (20th/21:14) rounded out the top-five finishers for Nova Southeastern. 


  • Trey May was the top finisher for the Sharks on the men’s side, placing eighth overall in 27:41. 
  • Aaron Weimer came in 13th place with a time of 28:24 
  • Haydon Patrick, a freshman, earned an 18th place finish with a time of 29:07. 
  • Zach Pizzo (21st/29:36), Lucas Mardis (25th/30:07) and Cote Strike (26th/30:21) were the remaining counted runners for the Sharks. 


The Sharks will split the team, and compete in a dual-meet day on Sat., Oct. 9. The first-meet will be ran from Alabama-Huntsville at 7:30 a.m., and the second-meet will start at 5:00 p.m. against St. Thomas University.  

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Sharks Race at Florida State Cross Country Open

TALLAHASEE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks men’s and women’s cross-country teams raced in the Florida State Cross-Country Open early on Friday morning, competing against a multitude of NCAA Division I and II programs from across the country. NSU’s women’s cross-country team placed 21st in a 29-team field, while the men placed 23rd. 

The women’s race was a 6-kilometer trek, while the men competed on an 8-kilometer course. 


Women’s Total Score: 602; Average Time: 24:19; Total Time: 2:01:39.50 

Men’s Total Score: 741; Average Time: 29:30; 227:30.62 


  • Ivanova Yanes was the first Shark to finish, placing 83rd overall but fourth from the Sunshine State Conference in 23:12. 
  • Kamila Soja improved her time from the season-opening Palm Beach Atlantic meet, completing the race in 23:39.  
  • Maya Espinosa placed third for the Sharks with a time of 24:43. 
  • Corinne Rensshaw (24:57) and Eden Toal (25:06) wrapped up the top-five finishers for Nova Southeastern. 
  • The women’s meet included a field of nearly 300 runners from around the country from a variety of Division I and II programs. 


  • Joseph Salerno led the Sharks, completing the race in 28:04. 
  • Coming right behind Salerno was Trey May, as the sophomore finished the meet in 28:19. 
  • Haydon Patrick, running his second collegiate meet, was the third Shark to place at the event with a time of 29:57. 
  • Lucas Mardis (30:28) and Holden Decker (30:40) were the fourth and fifth finishers for Nova Southeastern, respectively. 
  • The men’s race featured over 260 competitors from across the Division 1 and II levels from all areas of the country. 



Nova Southeastern Cross-Country will travel to Lakeland, Fla., to compete in the Florida Runners Meet on Fri., Oct. 1. 

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Sharks Prepared for FSU Open

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams are set to compete at the Florida State University Cross-Country Open on Fri., Sept. 17. The Sharks opened the 2021 season in West Palm Beach, Fla., as the women’s team, led by Ivanova Yanes, claimed victory while the men’s team placed third in a five-team field.  

Nova Southeastern will be included in a field featuring NCAA Division I competitors, including the host Seminoles. Joining the Sharks at the FSU Open are Auburn (AL.), Brigham Young (UT.), Clemson (SC), Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Miami, North Florida, South Florida, and Stanford (CA.). Additionally, NSU will match up with Sunshine State Conference rivals Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Palm Beach Atlantic, and Tampa.  

Sharks Head Coach Bryan Hagopian is hoping that the early season momentum that his teams have built through two meets continues and is looking forward to seeing how NSU matches up against both the SSC and Division I programs.  

“We’re pretty excited to be going against regional and conference opponents at the FSU Open,” said Hagopian. “Our women’s team is ranked sixth in the region, and it will be a good test to see how we can compete with these elite programs. With Ivanova, Eden Toal, and Kamila Soja leading the way, we should perform well in Tallahassee.”  

The trio of Yanes, Toal, and Soja all finished within the top-five at the first meet of the season, as Yanes earned the win to start the campaign.  

On the men’s side, the dynamic duo of Joseph Salerno and Trey May lead the Sharks, as the pair were the only two to place in the top-10 at the PBA Meet on Sept. 4.  

“Joseph and Trey have both performed well in the early stages of the season for us, and we’re looking forward to that continuing this weekend at Florida State,” continued Hagopian.  

The men will run an 8-kilometer race, beginning at 7:40 a.m., while the women will compete in a 6K beginning at 8:10 p.m.  

Live-timing is available here | Men’s Course Map | Women’s Course Map

To stay up-to-date with all the latest on the Sharks cross country teams, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NSU_XCTF, and Facebook at NSUXCTF. 

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Sharks Make Their Mark in Season Opener at PBA

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Cross-Country teams competed on Sat., Sept. 4, from the PBA Rinker Athletic Complex. The Sharks women’s team won the women’s six-kilometer race, in a three-team field, while the men placed third in a five-team field. 


WOMEN’S TOTAL SCORES: 30; average time 24:02; total time of 2:00.13 

MEN’S TOTAL SCORES: 73; average time 29:02; total time of 2:25.14 

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Reigning Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year Ivanova Yanes paced the Sharks and the race, as she opened her 2021 season with a win in a 42-racer field. Yanes finished the race in 23:12, narrowly defeating Allison Seng from PBA (23:13.7). Eden Toal l(4th/23:47.2) and Kamila Soja (5th/23:47.8) also added top-5 finished for NSU. Maya Espinosa finished in ninth place, completing the track in 24:24.1. Leah Marville (25:02.6) rounded out the top-five finishers for Nova Southeastern. 


Joseph Salerno (27:29.5) led the Sharks and came in fifth place, while Michael “Trey” May finished in sixth place (27:36.5). The duo were the only two Sharks to place within the top-10. Patrick Haydon, in his first career collegiate race, placed 17th (29:44.1), while Zachary Pizzo (20th/29:55.5) and Lucas Mardis (25th/30:29.4) were top-25 finishers for the Sharks. 

“I’m extremely proud of both teams. Ivanova leading us to a win was a huge win against the number-two ranked team in the SSC,” said Head Coach Bryan Hagopian. “Joseph Salerno did a tremendous job job leading our men’s team to a great finish. Both teams did an amazing job and we’re looking ahead to the Florida State meet.” 



The Sharks head to Tallahassee, Fla., to compete in the Florida State Invitational on Fri., Sept. 17. 

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Hagopian Excited to Lead Sharks Back for 2021 Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Following an abbreviated season, a year ago, head coach Bryan Hagopian and the Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s cross-country teams are looking forward to competing once again in 2021, opening their fall slate with a preseason race on Sat., Aug. 28 at St. Thomas (Fla.).

Last season, the men’s team placed tied for sixth at the Sunshine State Conference Championship meet, while the women finished in a tie for fifth. This year, the Sharks are looking to re-establish themselves on the national stage.

“We are excited to have a full schedule this season, and I believe that we will be extremely competitive,” said Hagopian. The men’s team is led by returning runners Zachary Pizzo and Adrien Zambaux, in addition to transfers Justin Haber, Joseph Salerno and Cote Strike.

“We have a few new athletes that are ready and hungry to make history,” added Hagopian. “Our leaders, paired with a developing freshman class, should set us up for a strong showing at both the conference and regional meets.”

NSU’s women’s cross-country team welcomes back reigning SSC Freshman of the Year Ivanova Yanes, along with All-SSC runner Maya Espinosa.

“I believe that both Ivanova and Maya have a great chance to qualify as individuals for NCAA Cross Country Nationals,” continued Hagopian. “Additionally, I think that we have enough depth with returners and incoming student-athletes to make a team bid for nationals.”

Following the season-opening meet against STU, the Sharks will travel to Palm Beach Atlantic (9/4), racing at the Rinker Athletic Complex, before traveling to Tallahassee to compete in the Florida State Cross Country Open on Fri., Sept. 17. NSU will then race in the Florida Runners meet at Holloway Park in Lakeland, Fla. on Fri., Oct. 1, followed by the 2021 regular-season finale with a split-squad at Alabama-Huntsville and St. Thomas (10/9).

The SSC Championship will be run on Sat., Oct. 23 at Holloway Park. Both the NCAA Regional Championship (11/6) and the NCAA National Championship (11/20) will run from the Abby Golf Course in Saint Leo, Fla.

To stay up-to-date with all the latest on the Sharks cross country and track & field teams, follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @NSU_XCTF, and Facebook at /NSUXCTF.

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