Carter, Sharks Announce 2024 Track Schedule

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – Head Coach Jonathan Carter announced the 2024 Nova Southeastern Track schedule on Wednesday afternoon, the Sharks will compete in 10 meets this spring.  

“Coach De Bastos and I developed this schedule with the goal to compete at meets that would give our team the best opportunity to achieve our team goals as well as individual goals”, stated Head Coach Jonathan Carter. “We know these competitions will challenge our student-athletes to perform at their very best. Our opening meet will be held at University of Tampa on February 17th, where the University of Tampa women were the SSC XC champions, so we are expecting this meet to test our abilities. Not to mention this meet should also host several SSC teams which should a competitive field for our men. The remaining portion of our schedule will offer us opportunities to perform at our optimal best.”

The Sharks kick off action at the UT Spartans Open on Feb. 17 before heading back to Tampa in two weeks to compete at the UT Spartans Invite on March 1st. NSU will round out the month of March with the Hurricane Invitational (Mar. 15-16) and the Knights Invite (Mar. 22-23).  

In April, the Sharks will compete in five meets, starting the month with two separate meets on April 5-6, traveling different squads to both the University of Miami and the University of South Florida. Th rest of April will feature meets at Keiser (April 12-13), Georgia Tech (April 19-20), and the University of North Florida (April 26-27). 

The 2024 regular season concludes in Cleveland, TN., with NSU making a trip to Lee (TN) on May 10th. The NCAA Outdoor National Championship is scheduled for May 23-25 in Emporia, Kansas.    

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Track & Field, follow on Instagram and Twitter at NSU_XCTF. 

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Sunshine State Conference Adds Outdoor Track

By: Sunshine State Conference

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference proudly announces the addition of men’s outdoor track, and women’s outdoor track starting in the 2024-25 academic year. With these additions, the conference will sponsor 21 sports, including 12 women’s sports.

Currently, eight members compete in outdoor track. 

Founded in 1975, the Sunshine State Conference has risen from a single sports organization to the NCAA Division II “Conference of National Champions.” Since its inception, the conference has shown steady growth in sports played, membership, and national prominence. Member institutions have won 122 NCAA team national championships across 14 sports, including 38 this past decade in 12 sports. Academically, SSC members lead NCAA Division II with a record-tying 89% Academic Success Rate in 2022-23.

Additional details surrounding men’s and women’s track will come at a later date.

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2023 Season in Review: Track

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – Kamila Soja spearheaded the success of the Nova Southeastern track team this past season. The sophomore earned a trip to the National Championship Meet, where she garnered second team All-American honors.

The Sharks kicked off the 2023 outdoor season with a dominant performance at the STU opener. NSU claimed first place finishes from David Manhke in the 5000 meters and Maya Espinosa in the 1500, and a handful of top-10 placements.  

Two weeks later, Kamila Soja secured an impressive victory in the 5000 meters at the Tampa Spartans Classic, defeating several Division I programs and Sunshine State opponents (Embry-Riddle, Florida Southern, Florida Gulf Coast, Palm Beach Atlantic, Saint Leo, South Florida, and Tampa).  

Midway through the season, Soja picked up where she left off, securing a top-6 finish in the 10,000 meters at the Lee invitational against a deep field of Division I programs and Sunshine State Conference mates. Her time of 35:51.20 earned her a provisional mark for the Division II National Championship meet. 

The following week, NSU made a return to Saint Thomas University, this time competing at the STU Pre-Conference Meet. The Sharks were led by a trio of first-place finishers in Eden Toal (1500m), David Mahnke (1500m) and Meghan McNabb (5000m). 

As the season came to a close, Soja had one more opportunity at the Lee University Last Chance Meet to solidify a spot at the National Championship meet. And what did she do? Just that. The sophomore entered the meet ranked 37th in the NCAA DII rankings in the 10,000 meters, and took a minute off her PR en route to a second-place finish and a spot at the national meet in Pueblo, CO. Her time of 34:49.26 ranked her 18th in Division II in the 10,000 meters heading into the championship meet. 

After a blistering performance, Soja added another accolade to her impressive resume, earning USTFCCCA All-Region Honors in the 10,000 meters.  

Soja then went into the NCAA Division II National Championship Meet and left her mark. The Chiopee native concluded her season as a second-team All-American, becoming the second athlete in school history to be named second-team All-American and the first distance runner to earn the honor. She finished 9th in a field of 22 athletes, running a time of 35:41.17, her second fastest time this year.   

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

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Soja, Mahnke Pace Sharks at East Coast Relays

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s track teams competed at the University of North Florida on Friday evening. The Sharks were led by Kamila Soja, who garnered a third-place finish in the 5000 meters. 

How it Happened

(Women’s) 

Kamila Soja claimed third place in the 5000 meters with a time of 17:09.80. 

Maya Espinosa was the first Shark to cross the line in the 1500 (23rd/4:41.98). Eden Toal (24th/4:42.37), and Ally Jakubiak (36th/4:48.67) rounded out the top three finishers for NSU.  

How it Happened

(Men’s) 

David Mahnke led the way for NSU in the 5000 meters (23rd/15:23.55). 

Adrien Zambaux ran a seasons best 4:11.68 in the 1500 meters. 
 

What's Next

The Sharks will race again on Saturday, May 13 in Cleveland, Tn. Events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. 

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Sharks Set to Race at UNF Invitational

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s Track team is set to race at the UNF Invitational. The meet is slated to begin on Friday, April 28 with events scheduled to conclude on Saturday, April 29.

Breakdown

(Women’s)

The Sharks will have four runners in the 1500 meters, with McKinzie Winget, Eden Toal, Maya Espinosa and Ally Jakubiak all taking part in the event. Toal is coming off a first-place finish in the 1500 meters at the STU Invitational on April 14th. Espinosa (1st), Jakubiak (3rd) and Espinosa (5th) have also had success in the 1500m throughout the season.

Additionally, Kamila Soja will be competing in the 5000 meters for NSU. Soja has had a dominant season thus far, earning a provisional qualifying mark for the Division-II National Championship in the 10,000 meters.

Breakdown

(Men’s)

Jan Schmeid and Adrien Zambaux will be running in the 1500 meters for NSU. Zambaux is coming off a sixth-place performance in the 1500m at the STU Invitational on April 14.

In addition, the Sharks will have David Mahnke competing in the 5000 meters. In the 2023 season, the sophomore has earned a first-place finish in the 5000m along with a pair of top-15 finishes in a trio of appearances.

What's Next

The Sharks will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to compete in the UNF Invitational on Friday, April 28. Events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

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NSU Competes at STU Invitational

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s track teams competed at the STU Pre-Conference Meet on Friday afternoon. The Sharks were led by a trio of first-place finishers in Eden Toal (1500m), David Mahnke (1500m) and Meghan McNabb (5000m).
 
How it Happened
(Women’s)
Eden Toal (1st/4:44.70) earned the top-spot in the 1500-meter race. Ally Jakubiak (3rd/4:50.83), Kamila Soja (4th/4:51.06) and Maya Espinosa (5th/5:01.18) also placed inside the top-5 finishers.
 
Meghan McNabb picked up a victory in the 5000 meters, finishing with a time of 23:06.72.
 
Ally Jakubiak (4th/2:28.41) and Julianna Bassano (8th/2:37.18) finished inside the top-10 of the 800 meters, earning points for the Sharks.
 
Kayla Wommack (6th/28.30) and Emma Fitch (9th/31.58) also earned top-10 finishes inside the 200 meters.

How it Happened 
(Men’s)
David Mahnke (1st/4:05.67) won the 1500 meters. Michael May (3rd/4:15.54), Thor Eriksson (5th/4:19.87), Adrien Zambaux (6th/4:26.90) and Sebastian Tenorio (8th/4:27.69) rounded out the top-10 finishers for NSU.
 
Jan Schmeid (6th) earned a top-10 finish in the 800 meters, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:56.48.
 
What's Next
The Sharks will race again on Friday, April 28 in the UNF Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. Events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
 

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Sharks Conclude Action at Hurricane Alumni Invitational

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s track teams competed at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Sharks were led by a top-7 finish from McKinzie Winget (7th/1500m) and a pair of top-10 finishers in Jan Schmeid (10th/1500m) and Thor Eriksson (10th/800m).
 

How it Happened

(Men’s)

Jan Schmied (10th/1:57.59) led the way for the Sharks in the 800 meters. 

Sebastian Tenorio (16th/2:04.69) and Holden Decker (17th/2:06.19) rounded out the top-20 finishers for NSU in the 800.

Thor Eriksson (10th/4:15.89) earned a top-10 finish in the 1500 meters, Michael May (11th/4:17.41) and Justin Haber (14th/4:24.13) also finished inside the top-15.

How it Happened

(Women’s)

McKinzie Winget finished 7th in the 1500 meters with a time of 5:06.07.

Mackenzie Scordato (9th/5:14.03) and Megan Winterbottom (11th/5:15.92) completed the top-3 finishers for NSU in the 1500.

What's Next

The Sharks will compete again in the STU Pre-Conference Meet on Friday, April 14.

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Soja Leads Sharks at Lee Invitational

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s track teams raced at the Flames Invitational on Friday evening. The Sharks competed against several Division-I opponents (Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Dayton, IUPUI, Lipscomb, Eastern Kentucky) and multiple Sunshine State Conference mates (Florida Southern, Embry-Riddle, Palm Beach Atlantic, Saint Leo, Tampa). Nova Southeastern was led by Kamila Soja, who earned a top-6 finish in the 10,000 meters and a qualifying mark for the Division II National Championship meet.

Coach's Corner

 ” We are so happy Kamila. She was fighting a cold and it was 51 degrees and raining, and she walked away with a national qualifying time. Im very proud of what she did and doing all this in these conditions, it’s incredible what she can do”, said Head Coach Bryan Hagopian.

Breakdown 

(Women’s)

Kamila Soja placed top-6 in the 10,000 meters, finishing with a time of 35:51.20.

Maya Espinosa (22nd/4:50.38) led the way for the Sharks in the 1500 meters. Eden Toal (33rd/4:53.87), Christina Adams (47th/4:59.25) and Ally Jakubiak (50th/5:00.97) rounded out the top-50 finishers for NSU.

Breakdown 

(Men’s)

David Mahnke (67th/15:24.27) finished first in the 5000 meters for NSU, Joseph Salerno (89th/15:46.53) and Adrien Zambaux (95th/15:51.88) completed the top-three finishers for NSU. 

What's Next

The Sharks will race at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, April 8th, in Miami, Fla. 

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Sharks Compete At Spikes Classic

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Men’s and Women’s track teams competed at the Spikes Classic on Friday evening. The Sharks were led by a trio of top-10 finishers in Lucas Mardis (4th/5000), Eden Toal (7th/1500), and Maya Espinosa (8th/1500).

HOW IT HAPPENED (Women’s)

The Sharks had a pair of top-10 finishers in the 1500 meters, with Eden Toal (7th/4:43.25) and Maya Espinosa (8th/4:43.57) picking up points in the event. Ally Jakubiak (16th/4:50.29) and Kamila Soja (20th/4:52.08) rounded out the top-25 finishers in the 1500 for NSU. 

Meghan McNabb finished 13th in the 5000 meters with a time of 21:03.55.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Men’s)

Lucas Mardis earned a top-4 finish in the 5000 meters, crossing the finish line with a time of 16:45.42.

David Mahnke (11th/4:01.67) led the way for NSU in the 1500 meters, earning a top-12 finish.

UPCOMING

The Sharks will compete again on Friday, April 7 at the Flames Invitational in Cleveland, TN. Events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

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