Sharks Track Notches 14 on Peach Belt Teams of Academic Distinction

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Officials from the Peach Belt Conference announced on Thursday the league’s 2019-20 Track & Field Teams of Academic Distinction, and 14 student-athletes from Nova Southeastern were among those recognized for academic accolades.
 
The NSU women’s and men’s track and field squads each registered seven honorees apiece.
 
Representing the women’s team are sophomore Charissa Bacon (Marketing/Lakewood, Wash.), who recently won NSU’s Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship Wonder Women Award, as well as Peach Belt Elite 15 Award winner senior Michelle Bauer (Finance/St. Marys, Pa.). Also among honorees for the women’s squad are junior Tiara Robinson (Biology/Oakland Park, Fla.), sophomore Carly Rothert (Biology/Elmore, Ohio), senior Katie Tallman (Athletic Training/York, Pa.), senior Morgan Will (Marine Biology/Virginia Beach, Va. and graduate student Ellyn Willse (Marine Science/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.).
 
Representing the men’s team not just in these honors, but also as the men’s Peach Belt Elite 15 Award winner is Quynlan Duffy (Biology/Ripon, Wisc.), as well as sophomore Inigo Cillero (Finance/Getxo, Spain), junior Justin Jackson (Sport Management/Miami, Fla.), senior Joel Lacy (Marketing/Plantation, Fla.), senior Mitch Moczygemba (Sport Management/Medford, Ore.), senior Jared Robinson (Legal Studies/Gainesville, Fla.) and sophomore Andrew Swanson (Biology/Bakersfield, Calif.).
 
Formerly known as the All-Academic team, the Teams of Academic Distinction are part of a season-long program recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of PBC student-athletes in the classroom as well as in competition. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must achieve a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), have completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution and have reached sophomore athletic eligibility. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee the program.

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Sharks’ Duffy and Bauer Sweep Peach Belt Elite 15 Track Awards

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Officials from the Peach Belt Conference have announced that Nova Southeastern student-athletes Quynlan Duffy and Michelle Bauer are the winners of the league’s men’s and women’s track and field Elite 15 Awards, presented by EAB. The awards are traditionally presented to the athlete with the highest overall cumulative GPA competing at the conference championships. However, with the cancellation of all spring sports, the field was expanded to all PBC athletes in the sport. The grades used to calculate the award were through the fall 2019 semester.

Duffy is the second-straight NSU Shark to win the men’s track and field Elite 15 Award. A sophomore Chemistry major from Ripon, Wisc., Duffy participates in NSU’s Razor’s Edge Research program with an emphasis on mental illness and neurological disorders. Duffy won the pole vault in both meets he competed in this spring. He cleared the bar at 4.10m at the NSU Sharks Invitational, the second-highest vault in the PBC in the shortened 2020 season. He also ran on the 4x800m relay team which won at the NSU Sharks Invitational and competed in the 1500m and on the 4x400m relay team.

Michelle Bauer is the first NSU athlete to win the women’s track and field Elite 15 Award. A junior on the track and senior in the classroom from St. Marys, Pa., Bauer will graduate with her degree in Finance and minors in Honors Transdsciplinary Studies, Spanish, International Business and Experiental Leadership – She was named to the PBC All-Academic team last season. Bauer is also a member of the NSU Honors Student Advisory Board, is a Razor’s Edge Leadership Scholar and is a Chief Justice Officer in the NSU Student Government Association. Bauer ran the 5000m in her only meet of the 2020 season, but finished in fourth place in the 10k at the PBC Championships in 2019 and 2018. She has three top-five career finishes in the 10k and three more in the 3,000m steeplechase.

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Sharks Women Win Bobcat-Shark Relays, Men Third

MIRAMAR, Fla. – Back on familiar turf at the Ansin Sports Complex, but this time as vistors, the Nova Southeastern track and field teams won the women’s title and finished third on the men’s side of the Bobcat-Shark Relays on Tuesday. Going against 10 collegiate teams, including a pair of Division I schools, the women scored 122 points in the win and the men logged 105 to finish just eight points out of first.
 
RELAY EVENTS
With the name of the game right there in the event’s title, the Shark produced a stout set of performances in the relays, bolstering scores for the top-tier team finishes. The Sharks swept golds on the opening relay event, the 4x800m – the men’s team of Quynlan Duffy, Joel Lacy, Jack Hayes, and Cote Strike ran an 8:26.55, while the women’s squad of Christina Adams, Megan Fleming, Sophia Leto and Aliza Richard came in at 10:11.74 in the first 3200m relay since 2011 (topping that group by two seconds).
 
Next up, the 4x100m relay group of Destinee Fisher, Lena Spindler, Nastassia Tyler, and Michelle Greenstein finished second in 48.63 with the best NSU time since 2017.

With a team of Spindler, Greenstein, Michelle Bigby and Jasmine Charles, the Sharks women earned second in the 4×200 at 1:44.13 in the first fielding of the event since 2015. The men’s unit of Justin Jackson, Ritchy Laguerre, Zaheem Anderson and Jared Robinson crossed the line in 1:31.27 for third place on the first 800m relay since 2016.
 
Rounding out the four relay events and closing out the meet, the women’s 4x400m relay of Bigby, Fleming, Leto and Richard came in at 4:26.65 for second place. The men’s squad was third with Q. Duffy, Daniel Duffy, Aaron Weimar and Trey May combining for a 3:37.49.
 
FIELD EVENTS
The Sharks earned maximum points in both pole vault events, with Shannon Towne winning the women’s at 3.05m (10-0 ft.), while Q. Duffy topped the men’s at 3.80m (12-5.5 ft.), ahead of Nadiv Galindo in second at 3.35m (10-11.75 ft.).
 
Eileen Platten earned second in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 9.91m (32-6.25 ft.). In the long jump, Abderazek Azlag was second at 6.50m (21-4 ft.) on the men’s side, while Kiara Rand and Platten both reached 4.77m (15-7.75 ft.), going third and fourth, respectively.
 
In the lone throwing score for the Sharks, Galindo earned third in the men’s javelin with a mark of 38.55m (126-5 ft.) on his third toss.  
 
RUNNING EVENTS
Now matching her third personal best in as many tries, Spindler won the 100m with a 12.58 for the top NSU time since 2018.
 
In the men’s 400m hurdles, the Sharks went 1-2-3, led by Ian Nieves at a season-low 55.68, ahead of D. Duffy at 59.28 and James Gamble at 60.35. Nieves also scored high in the 110m hurdles, finishing second in a season-best 14.62 seconds, while Damilola Jolaogun was third in 16.16. 
 
In the women’s 400m dash, Bigby added another Sharks silver at 1:02.46.
 
UP NEXT
The Sharks are right back at Ansin Sports Complex on Saturday, taking on the Bobcat Invitational in a day meet to close out a two-event week.
 
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Women’s Track Wins UT Track Classic, Men Finish Third on Friday

TAMPA, Fla. – With the meet wrapping up just shy of midnight at Pepin Stadium, the Nova Southeastern track teams traveled to the UT Track Classic on Friday. The Sharks women topped the 10-team field to win the meet with 71 points, while the men’s team finished third with 44 points among 16 scored teams in the first road competition of the 2020 season.
 
RUNNING EVENTS
The hurdling events got the Sharks on the path to the top tier of the field in just the second event of the evening. Senior Ian Nieves was the victor in the men’s 400m hurdles, a tandem of first and second place with James Gamble, topping their section and then leading the final standings at 57.09 and 59.64, respectively. Running her first career collegiate hurdles, rookie Michelle Bigby finished third on the women’s side of the event at 1:10.66.
 
In the 100m dash, Lena Spindler ran the exact same time as her collegiate debut last week in Miramar, finishing third for the women at 12.58. Spindler also lopped 0.49 seconds off her 200m time from last week to finish fourth at 26.11.
 
In the longest sprint, freshman Jasmine Charles made her collegiate debut in the women’s 400m with a win and the team’s best time in the event this season at 1:01.61.
 
The Sharks registered 18 scoring performances between the two teams in individual running events, including three fourth-place, three fifth-place and four sixth-place finishes – on top of the four medalists. 
 
RELAY EVENTS
The Sharks made a dominating showing in the sixth event with a men’s and women’s 4x100m first-place finish. The women’s squad of Destinee Fisher, Spindler, Nastassia Tyler and Michelle Greenstein topped the field in 49.47 – the best NSU women’s time since 2018. The men’s team of Gamble, Jared Robinson, Zaheem Anderson and Nieves collected gold in 44.53. 
 
UP NEXT
The Sharks are back at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar in two weeks at St. Thomas’ Bobcat/Shark Relays on Tuesday, March 10 – the first of a two-meet week concluded on STU’s Bobcat Invitational on March 14.
 
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Track Honors Seniors at Season-Opening NSU Sharks Invitational

MIRAMAR, Fla. – Battling through intermittent showers throughout, the Nova Southeastern track and field teams went to work on the 2020 season on Saturday afternoon, opening up the year as hosts of the NSU Sharks Invitational, securing 13 first-place finishes in the process against the five-team field at the Ansin Sports Complex.
 
As NSU’s lone official home event of the season, the Sharks also came out late in the meet to honor 10 seniors for their career accomplishments, recognizing Zaheem Anderson, Michelle Bauer, Joel Lacy, Mitch Moczygemba, Ian Nieves, Jared Robinson, Matthew Taddeo, Katie Tallman, Shannon Towne and Morgan Will. Also a senior for NSU, Ellyn Willse was not in attendance.
 
FIELD EVENTS
The meet opened on the hammer throw and Sharks Jaylynne Thomas and Tallman went one and two at 35.70m (117-01 ft.) and 33.80m (110-11 ft.), respectively. For Thomas, it wasn’t her only top marks for the day, winning the women’s shot put at 10.75m (35-03.25 ft.) and setting a new career mark by 14-1 with a second-place 32.55m (106-09 ft.) toss in the discus. Leading the men’s throws, Spencer Ochko tossed a career-long 10.52m (34-06.25 ft.) for second in the shot put, finished third in the javelin with a career-long 29.07m (95-4 ft.) and was second in the discus at 34.14m (112-00 ft.).

In the javelin, Nadiv Galindo set a career mark of 34.74m (114-00 ft.) to win, ahead of Moczygemba. Meanwhile, for the women, rookie Christina Adams went 28.29m (92-10 ft.) to debut with a first-place finish.
 
Towne made her mark to kick off her senior season, adding six inches to her career best in winning the pole vault at a height of 3.20m (10-06.00 ft.). On the men’s side of the event, Quynlan Duffy as reached a career best, winning the event at 4.10m (13-05.25 ft.), ahead of Jordan Curby’s carer best of 3.65m (11-11.75 ft.) – exceeding his previous best by 10 inches.
 
In the horizontal jumps, Anderson won the men’s long jump with a career-long 6.95m (22-09.75 ft.), while freshman Eileen Platten debuted with a second-place mark of 4.68m (15-04.25 ft.) for the women. Platten also was first in the triple jump at 9.35m (30-08.25 ft.).
 
Going vertical, Ritchy Laguerre went 1.77m (5-09.75 ft.) in the high jump for second.
 
RUNNING EVENTS
Nieves beat out Damilol Jolaogun in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.91. Nieves also won the 200m with a time of 22.69.
 
Rookie Lena Spindler also had a solid sprint debut, winning the women’s 100m in 12.58, ahead of Destinee Fisher at 12.81, then earned second place in the 200m with a time of 26.11. In men’s sprints, Anderson was second in the 100m at 11.06. As for the long sprints, freshman Michelle Bigby debuted with a 400m win in 1:01.78.
 
The Sharks notched second place in both the 800m and 1500m, with the marks belonging to freshmen Aliza Richard (2:33.48) and Megan Fleming (5:00.83), respectively.
 
RELAY EVENTS
The Sharks closed off the night with a 4x400m relay first on the women’s side, running 4:12.91 with a squad of Michelle Greenstein, Bigby, Fisher and Jasmine Charles.
 
UP NEXT
The Sharks head on the road next Friday to Tampa for the UT Track Classic, February 28 at UT’s Pepin Stadium.
 
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Track Kicks Off 2020 Season in Miramar with NSU Sharks Invitational

MIRAMAR, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern men’s and women’s track and field teams kick off their 2020 season on Saturday afternoon at the Ansin Sports Complex as hosts to the NSU Sharks Invitational. As the lone official home event at the facility, the Sharks will also honor 11 Shark seniors embarking on their final season representing NSU.
 
The Sharks led by 12th-year head coach Bryan Hagopian, the meet will open up at 4:00 p.m. with the women’s hammer throw and the running events will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the women’s 4x800m relay. All events will be tracked live on Half-Mile Timing.
 
Five teams will be competing in the meet, which will run on a rolling schedule. The Sharks’ senior ceremony will take place following the completion of the women’s and men’s 5000m run and prior to the night’s final event, the 4x400m relays.
 
The Sharks will recognize the following seniors during the ceremony:
 
Zaheem Anderson
Third-year jumper with a major role on the NSU sprint relays since joining the squad in 2017. Originally from Bloomfield, Conn., he will graduate with a degree in Sports Management. Anderson is second all-time on the NSU lists in the long jump with a mark of 6.92 meters, finishing seventh last year and sixth in 2018 at the Peach Belt Championships. He was a member of the 2019 Peach Belt Champion 4×100 relay that earned a provisional national qualification. Was named USTFCCCA All-Region last season.
 
Michelle Bauer
A three-year cross country leader and distance runner out of Saint Marys, Pa., who has been the consistent cross country top scorer. Bauer earned fourth twice in the 10,000 meter at the Peach Belt Championships and sixth in the 3000 steeplechase twice as well. She holds a 4.0 GPA and is a member of Razor’s Edge Leadership, Farquhar Honors College, President’s 64, Undergraduate Student Government and Alpha Chi Honor Society. She received honors for 2019 Division 2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement and is a four time SSC Commissioner’s Honor Rolle awardee. She will graduate with a degree in Finance with minors in Experiential Leadership, International Business, and Spanish – the next stop for Bauer is law school at either George Mason or Syracuse.
 
Joel Lacy
A four-year cross country and distance competitor from Plantation, Fla. A captain on the cross country team, Lacy has taken on the 1500 meter on the track and will graduate with a degree in Business Marketing with plans to continue his education at Trinity University with his Master’s in Behavioral Psychology. He also works with the organization SafePlace 4KIDS, a 24/7 emergency intake center for foster children removed from their homes.
 
Mitch Moczygemba
He is entering his second season as a thrower out of Medford, Ore. and will graduate early with a degree in Sports Management. He is a member of Razor’s Edge Shark Cage, earned Peach Belt All-Academic and Division 2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement recognition and is a student assistant in the NSU Athletic Communications office. Moczygemba threw his collegiate best of 34.44 meters in the javelin throw at last year’s Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational.
 
 
Ian Nieves
Starting his second season as a hurdler at NSU after beginning his career at Slippery Rock University. Originally from Milton, Pa., Nieves was the 2019 Peach Belt Champion in the 400 meter hurdles and as part of the 4×100 relay, Peach Belt runner-up in the 110 meter hurdles and was a provisional national qualifier in all three events. Was named USTFCCCA All-Region last season. He also holds the Slippery Rock 60 meter hurdles record and was a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion in the 110 hurdles and the 4×100. Ian will graduate with a degree in Sports Management.
 
Jared Robinson
Entering his fourth year as a sprinter out of Gainesville’s Oak Hall High School, Robinson has run the 100, 200 and 400 and was part of 4×100 teams that finished fourth at the Peach Belt Championships in both 2017 and 2018. Jared will graduate with a degree in Legal Studies and plans to pursue law school.
 
Matt Taddeo
Coming out of Haverstown, Pa., Taddeo ran three seasons of cross country and is in his third season as a distance runner, competing in everything from the 1500 to the 10k. He is also a leader on the NSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee – He is the 2019-20 SAAC President and is a two-time SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll awardee. Matt will graduate with a degree in Sociology.
 
Katie Tallman
Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Tallman is in her third season as a thrower in all four events. She launched her career-best javelin throw of 31.69 meters to finish sixth at the 2017 Peach Belt Championships, also finishing eighth in the discus and ninth in the shot put to help NSU to the 2017 Conference Title. Katie will graduate with a degree in Athletic Training, and is currently applying for an athletic training residency.
 
Shannon Towne
Competing in her fourth season at NSU in pole vault and high jump, since joining the team in 2016 out of Jackson, Mo. Towne has finished fourth twice at the Peach Belt Championships in the pole vault and was third at the 2017 championships to help NSU to the 2017 Peach Belt Title, topping out so far at 10m. Shannon finished her undergraduate degree in 2017 and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
 
Morgan Will
Joined the Sharks as a distance runner prior to the 2016 cross country season, and has run the 1500, 3000 and 5000 on the track. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Will is a double major who will graduate with degrees in Marine Biology and Environmental Science. She plans on continuing her education with either a Master’s or PhD in Deep Sea Benthic Ecology and Taxonomy. She received honors for 2019 Division 2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement and is a four time SSC Commissioner’s Honor Rolle awardee. Morgan is a member of Razor’s Edge Research and is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Scholar.
 
Ellyn Willse
Entering her first and only season with the Sharks after starting her career as a sprinter and hurdler at Florida Tech. While in Melbourne, She earned fifth in the PBC 3000m steeplechase and is working on her master’s degree in Marin Science. She is originally from Hutchinson, Kan.
 

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