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.

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Yanes Finishes Fourth to Lead NSU at SSC Cross Country Championships

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams competed on Saturday morning on the Rinker Athletic Campus at Palm Beach Atlantic in the Sunshine State Conference Cross Country Championships. Led by freshman Ivanova Yanes, the women’s squad tied for fifth, while junior Aaron Weimer topped the men in a seventh-place tie.
Making her first cross country appearance for the Sharks, Hollywood, Fla. rookie Yanes came in fourth in the conference championships’ 6k – running a 23:19.59 to produce the highest finish for an NSU performer since Annabel Knoll earned third in 2015. She was also the top-performing freshman for any institution in the race. Classmate Maya Espinosa followed with a 13th-place time of 24:45.27, ahead of Taylar Sherman (39th, 26:53.48), Julie Bruggner (42nd, 27:19.78) and Leah Marville (48th, 27:41.29). Freshman Lia Smerina also competed for the Sharks (52nd, 29:02.16).
The women’s team tied for fifth with Saint Leo on a score of 130 and average time of 26:00. Tampa topped the women’s teams with 41 points. Yanes becomes to garner first Shark with first-team All-SSC honors since 2016, while Espinosa’s second-team honors make it a double-honor year for NSU.
On the men’s side in the 8k, Weimer led NSU with a 26th-place time of 28:34.49, just ahead of Adrien Zambaux in 29th with a 29:00.02. Trey May was next in his first race of the year, coming in at 36th in 29:28.92, ahead of Cody Brown (48th, 30:50.17) and Cote Strike (49th, 30:55.81) to round out the scorers. Also competing for the Sharks were Holden Decker (62nd, 33:16.52) and Cormac Gilmore (64th, 34:49.72).
The Sharks men tied with Lynn for seventh on 172 points and an average time of 29:46. Embry-Riddle topped the men’s field with 38 points.
“We had one of our highest-performing freshmen in school history with Ivanova. The women did a great job while we had some struggles on the men’s side, but still had good performances,” head coach Bryan Hagopian said. “We’re really happy for how both teams performed in the heat and conditions. This is going to lead us with some momentum into track season. This is going to lead into great things because of the confidence built, which will help our freshmen come along.”
Today’s race concluded the abbreviated spring cross country season for the Sharks, who now turn their focus to the in-progress track and field season – with the second NSU meet coming up on March 9 in Miramar.
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Cross Country Competes at the Pre-Conference Challenge

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country squads jumped into their first team competition of the season on Saturday morning at Lakeland’s Holloway Park, setting a preview for the upcoming conference championships in the race against six league schools during the Pre-Conference Challenge, hosted by Florida Southern. Rookie Maya Espinosa was the highest-finishing Shark at 12th on the women’s side, while junior Aaron Weimer led the men’s squad.
Taking on her first intercollegiate competition since arriving from Baker, Fla. in the rural Panhandle, Espinosa led the Sharks with a 24:34.1 for 12th place in the 6k – delivering what would have been the third-fastest time of last season. Birkenfeld, Germany freshman Julia Bruggner followed in 32nd at 26:53.2, ahead of Christina Adams (39th, 27:24.1), Leah Marville (40th, 27:31.0) and Lia Smerina (44th, 28:02.3) to round out the scorers.
Carli Etrick (48th, 28:45.0), Lauren Breski (50th, 29:16.8), Tessa Grotzinger (52nd, 29:43.5) and McKinzie Winget (55th, 32:45.5) were also in the field for the Sharks.
On the men’s side, Weimer made his cross country debut after arriving from Albion College last January – crossing as the first Shark in the 8k at 30th and 28:49.8, edging out Sarasota rookie Adrien Zambaux in 31st at 29:03.9. Holden Decker followed in 51st (31:33.0), ahead of Cormac Gilmore (56th, 32:32.6) and Cote Strike (57th, 32:34.6).
Allen Currie (60th, 34:16.0) and Cody Brown (61st, 34:50.0) also competed for NSU.
The women’s team finished sixth in the overall standings with 147 points and an average time of 26:53.0, while the men were seventh with 181 points and a 30:54.8 average.
In an abbreviated season, the Sharks have one meet remaining, with the Sunshine State Conference Championships slated for February 27 in West Palm Beach on the Plam Beach Atlantic’s Marshall & Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus.
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Sharks Cross Country Prepares to Open Competition

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams will officially begin competition this weekend in West Palm Beach, kicking off their abbreviated three-meet schedule for the postponed 2020 season.
This year’s slate for the Sharks opens up at the Palm Beach Atlantic Meet on the campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University, Saturday, Jan. 30, facing competition from PBA and Lynn.
The next competition on the slate is Feb. 13 in Lakeland’s Holloway Park at Florida Southern, and the season rounds out in Melbourne at the Sunshine State Conference Championships on Feb. 27 at Wickham Park.
“We’re pretty excited about the schedule,” 13th-year head coach Bryan Hagopian said. “I believe we’re going to do very well, but the most important thing is we’re getting back to racing. We’re all pumped-up because this is a great opportunity for the student-athletes to get back to normalcy. We’ve got a chance to put the Sharks uniform on and go out there and show everyone what they’ve got.”
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Cross Country Named USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams, Two Earn Individual Honors

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s cross country teams have both been honored by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as All-Academic teams. In addition, women’s cross country runners Michelle Bauer and Isabella Aristizabal were named 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country All-Academic Athletes.

Programs must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater and scored at an NCAA Division II regional meet to qualify for the award. Individual honorees must have compiled a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or greater and must have finished among the top 30 percent of total eligible runners at his or her NCAA Regional Championship.
In addition to their efforts on the course, the men’s cross country program finished the semester with a 3.2 cumulative GPA, while the women’s squad is at 3.13, contributing to an overall NSU effort that saw the best Fall semester on record and every Sharks program above a 3.0.

The veteran and the rookie, Bauer (Jr., St. Marys, Pa.) was a consistent leader for the Sharks this fall, pacing NSU in all seven meets, including the NCAA South Regional in Lakeland. Aristizabal (Fr., Davie, Fla.) worked her way into the upper Sharks pack and scored in four of six meets she ran last fall, including the Regional. Both runners are looking forward to strong distance performances on the track this spring, beginning with the NSU Invitational, Feb. 22 at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla.
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