Sharks Track Celebrates Senior Day

MIRAMAR, Fla. – Battling more than just the competition in a rain-soaked Tuesday afternoon, the Nova Southeastern Sharks Track team hosted their second meet of the season from the Ansin Sports Complex. Before the meet, NSU Athletics honored seniors Isabella Aristizabal, Ashley Holt, Cormac Gilmore, Cote Strike, Andrew Swanson and Aaron Weimer.  


COMPETING PROGRAMS: St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.), Palm Beach Atlantic, St. Thomas, Keiser, Webber International, Drake, Fort Lauderdale 

LOCATION: Miramar, Fla. | Ansin Sports Complex 

EVENTS: 1500, 800, and 3000 steeplechase 

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  • Eden Toal and Christina Adams placed first and second in the 1500, respectively. Toal completed the race in 4:53. 37, while Adams finished in 5:03.68. 

  • On the men’s side, Adrien Zambaux and Joseph Salerno both added top-six finishes for Nova Southeastern. Zambaux finished in 4:10.99, while Salerno came in sixth place with a time of 4:14.22. 

  • Tessa Grotzinger added a 14th place finish for the Sharks in the 800, completing the track in 2:41.35. 

  • Cote Strike placed ninth in the 800 with a time of 2:08.39. 

  • Ivanova Yanes earned a victory in the steeplechase for NSU, finishing in 11:18. Kamila Soja (3rd/11:48) and Maya Espinosa (4th/12:10) both placed in the top-five for Nova Southeastern. 



The Sharks will compete at the Hurricanes Invitational beginning on Friday, March 18, in Coral Gables, Fla. 

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Sharks Race at Tampa Invitational

TAMPA, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field team competed in their second meet of the 2022 season on Friday evening at the Tampa Track Invitational. The Sharks raced in the 800m and 5-kilometer race. 

During the womens 5K, Ivanova Yanes placed fourth with a time of 17:53.14. Maya Espinosa was the only other Shark to place within the top-25, finishing 22nd with a time of 18:34.50. 

On the mens side, Joseph Salerno finished RBs 5K in under 15 mins, placing 11th, with a time of 14:59.81. Aaron Weimer finished the race in 34th, with a time of 15:36.96. 

Lauren Breski (2:46.07), Grace Moriarty (2:46.56), Sara Sonnak (2:53.94), and Hilary Moreno-Rosales (2:58.46) all finished the 800m in under three minutes for Nova Southeastern. 


The Sharks will host their 2022 senior day from the Ansin Sports complex on Tuesday, March 15. Senior Day festivities are set to begin at 2 p.m.

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Sharks Start Track Season with Solid Performance

MIRAMAR, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Track & Field team began its 2022 season on Saturday evening from the Ansin Sports Complex. The Sharks competed against Florida Tech, Lynn, Embry-Riddle, St. Thomas (Fla.), and Florida College.  

It was a tremendous start to our season, we had Aaron Weimer, Ivanova Yanes and Eden Toal setting numerous records,” said Head Coach Bryan Hagopian. “We started our season with a win, busting the ‘rust off our spikes’ and we’re ready to rock-and-roll. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for our team.” 

Christina Adams was the first Shark to finish, placing second, in the 1500. Adams completed the race with a time of 5:11.32. Julie Bruggner (5th/5:23.61), Leah Marville (6th/5:24.42), Caitlyn Rogers (7th/5:24.91) and Taylar Sherman (10th/5:44.12) all added top-10 finishes for Nova Southeastern.  

In the 800-run, Tessa Grotzinger (6th/2:41.26) and Lauren Breski (9/2:51.54) earned top-10 finishes for Nova Southeastern. Holden Decker placed sixth in men’s 800-run with a time of 2:02.87.  

The Sharks absolutely dominated the 3000, with Ivanova Yanes taking the victory in 10:33.72. Following behind the two-time Sunshine State Conference First-Teamer was Eden Toal (10:36.67), Kamila Soja (3rd/10:44/15), and Corinne Renshaw (4th/10:49.74). Maya Espinosa (fifth), Isabella Aristizabal (sixth), and Lia Smerina (tenth) also raced well in the 3000-meter.  

Aaron Weimer and Joseph Salerno placed first and second, respectively in the 3000-run on the men’s side, with Weimer finishing in 8:46.31 and Salerno placing in second with a time of 8:48.98.  

The Sharks will next compete at the Tampa Invitational on Fri., March 4, in Tampa, Fla.  


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Hagopian Preparing Sharks for 2022 Track Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Bryan Hagopian leads the Nova Southeastern Sharks Track and Field team into the 2022 campaign. Last season, NSU finished sixth in the Peach Belt Conference Championship.  

“We are excited about this season’s schedule and the opportunity to travel and compete against teams from across the country,” said Hagopian. “We have tremendous competition at these meets, that will push our student-athletes to be their best. I believe that a successful track season will set us up for an incredible Fall semester Cross-Country schedule.” 

The Sharks start their season by hosting the Ansin Invitational on Feb. 19, from the Ansin Track & Field Complex. NSU will then travel to Tampa to compete in the Tampa Track Invitational on Mar. 4. Following the Tampa meet, Nova Southeastern hosts the Ansin Spring Break Invitational on 3/15. The Sharks close month of March at the Hurricanes Invitational, hosted by Miami, on 3/18.  

In April, NSU will compete in five events, beginning on Apr. 1, at Embry-Riddle as NSU participates in Spikes Classic. Nova Southeastern will then have two separate meets on 4/8-9, traveling to both Lee (TN.) and Miami. The Sharks head to Tampa on 4/23 before also racing at North Florida on Apr. 29.  

The 2022 regular season concludes in Cleveland, TN., with NSU making its second trip to compete at Lee. The NCAA National Championship is scheduled for May 26-28 at Grand Valley in Grand Valley, MI.  

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

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Eleven NSU Track & Field Student-Athletes Among PBC Teams of Academic Distinction

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Recognizing the successes of its student-athletes both on the track and in the classroom, the Peach Belt Conference recently released its men’s and women’s track & field Teams of Academic Distinction, presented by Barnes & Noble College.

In all, Nova Southeastern was represented by a total of 11 track & field members, including six on the women’s team and five more on the men’s side.

“It makes me very proud that we not only have athletes on the team, but student-athletes,” said NSU head coach Bryan Hagopian. “They take their studies very seriously, and even despite the pandemic, they never lost focus of the main goal, which is to be successful in the classroom as well as on the field of play. Our team will be graduating a lot of young leaders that will be successful in life, while the returners will be great role models for the incoming class.” 

To be eligible for the team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

Women’s Team
Christina Adams                     3.78      Sport & Recreation Management                           
Lauren Breski                         3.64      General Studies (Pre-Nursing)                                   
Eileen Platten                         3.65      Marketing
Carly Rothert                          3.87      Biology
Jaylynne Thomas                   3.37      Speech Language and Communication Disorders
Ellyn Willse                             3.94      Master in Marine Science

Men’s Team
Abdrrazek Azlag                     3.32      Education (Computer Science Education)
Quynlan Duffy                        3.96      Biology
Justin Jackson                       3.59      Sport & Recreation Management
Spencer Ochko                      3.39      Exercise & Sport Science
Aaron Weimer                       3.57      Secondary Math Education (Mathematics)

To stay up-to-date with Sharks track and field, follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_XCTF, and on Facebook at /NSUXCTF.

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