Gr. | St. Augustine, Fla.
Represented the Sharks in three 5k events and three 6k races, including the Sunshine State Conference Championships and the NCAA South Region Finals...Selected as an SSC Fall Commissioner Honor Roll member.
Stephanie De La Guarda
Jr. | Miami, Fla.
Represented the Sharks in three 5k events and three 6k races, including the Sunshine State Conference Championships and the NCAA South Region Finals... Selected as an SSC Fall Commissioner Honor Roll member…Had her best finish at the start of the season as she placed 16th at the FAU Invitational with a time of 20:41…Set her best 6k time at the NCAA South Regional Championships at 24:42.
So. | Ingolstadt, Germany
Was the most notable cross country runner of the season with many accomplishments and feats in her debut…Was the top runner for the Sharks to complete the Michigan State Invitational 6k with a time of 24:13…Won a full race during her second ever competition as a Shark at the Florida Southern Moccasin Classic 5k with a mark of 19:24…Earned her first ever Sunshine State Conference Women’s Runner of the Week for her victory in Florida Southern…Set her best 5k time at 18:32 at the Disney Classic where she placed ninth overall and first for the Sharks…Finished third at the Sunshine State Conference Finals, earning a spot in the SSC All-Conference team and Freshman of the Year Award…Concluded the NCAA South Region Championships in third place, claiming a mention in the All-Region squad…Set the fastest 6k time in NSU history at the NCAA Division II National Championships where she finished 55th overall…Included in the SSC Fall Commissioners Honor Roll list for her outstanding academic standing.
So. | Sicklerville, N.J.
Crossed the finish line as a Shark in a total of six occasions…Recorded her best performance at the Sunshine State Conference Championships 6k at 25:15, providing her team with valuable points that helped to claim the fourth overall team spot in the competition.
R-So. | Brooksville, Fla.
Transferred to NSU after running for Coach Heather VanNorman at Nicholls State University…In high school, Blackwell played soccer and ran track at F.W. Springstead HS for Coach Joel Myers…Best times of 2:18 800m and ran with the 4x800m team…All County Track Team, All North Suncoast Track Team, Regional Qualifier in the 800m and 4x800m, State Qualifier in the 800m and 4x800m, County Champion in 800m and 4x800m…4 time All County Track Team, 3 time All North Suncoast Track Team…Eagle Pride Award, Highest Honors, Academic Excellence Award, United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award, and The United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award.
Majoring in communication studies…Born in Toms River, New Jersey…Most memorable athletic achievement was placing and earning a medal at the FHSAA State Track meet her junior year…During her time at home, she helps her former middle school and high school track teams…Her parents are the most influential people because they have been there for her every step for her athletic career though high and low times…Favorite food is sausage and peppers…Favorite show is Grey’s Anatomy…Favorite athlete is Allyson Felix…Favorite sports team is USA Track and Field and USWNT Soccer…Hobbies include fishing and reading…Favorite subject in school is English...Daughter of Reuel and Lauren Blackwell...Has a brother, Ryan.
Fr. | Enid, Okla.
Ran four years of track and cross country for Coach Steve Bloom at Enid HS.
Majoring in biology…Born in St. Louis, Oklahoma…Volunteered in St. Mary’s Hospital and a homeless shelter…Names her mother as the most influential in her life for showing her to never give up even through hard times…Favorite food is spaghetti…Favorite movie is The Notebook and favorite show is Grey’s Anatomy…Favorite actress is Rachel McAdams…Hobbies include running and listening to music…Favorite subject in school is science…
Daughter of Daryl and Jenny Horne.
So. | Scotts Valley, Calif.
Transferred to NSU after attending Long Beach State University for two years. In high school Germany ran cross country and track for three years at San Lorenzo Valley HS for Coach Rob Collins…Won a state championship in cross country…three-time CCS champion, two-time SCCAL runner-up, SCCAL champion, freshman cross country MVP, Coach’s Award and All-West Freshman National Team.
Majoring in criminal justice…Born in Santa Cruz, California...Most memorable athletic achievement was winning the California cross country championship…Before each race she visualizes her running and prays…Interned at Californians for justice, Long Beach and worked to introduce restorative justice in high schools. Her family is the most influential in her life because they are very supportive of her running career and her sister pushes her to keep breaking her best times…Favorite food is salmon…Favorite movie is Alladin…Favorite show is Dexter…Favorite athlete is Lauren Fleshman…Favorite vacation spot is Maui...In her spare time she enjoys writing...Daughter of Steve and Sheryl Germany...Has three siblings, Lauren, Kayla and Tyler.
Fr. | Fostoria, Ohio
Ran track and cross country for four years at St. Wendelin Catholic HS for Coach Ethan Reinhart…Received a Scholar Athlete Award and the Fostoria Athletic Boosters Award.
Majoring in biology for pre-medication…Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico…Daughter of Charles Goddard and Yuki Kentris...Has a sister, Sara.
Fr. | Lorain, Ohio
Played soccer, softball and ran track and cross country at Firelands HS…Cross country coach was Kimberly Bennet.
Majoring in marine biology…Born in Lorain, Ohio…Most memorable athletic achievement was making the regional meet after two years of just missing the cut…Names her mother, Meghan the most influential person in her life because she always pushed her to be a batter person…Favorite food is watermelon…Favorite movie is A Turtles Tale and favorite actor is Channing Tatum…Favorite show is Teen Wolf…Favorite team is the Cleveland Cavaliers…Hobbies include running and favorite subject in school is science...Parents are John Hritsko and Meghan Torres...Has a brother, Isaiah.
So. | Moncton, Canada
AS A FRESHMAN (2016)
Competed in the long jump and high jump for sharks track and field…claimed seventh place in the long jump at the sharks Invitational with her seasons-best 4.22m.
Attended Fontainebleau High School…Was part of the basketball and track and field teams all four years in high school…Recorded her best high jump at 5’ feet and 300m hurdles at 50 seconds...Received the Bulldog Award her senior year…Participated in the Southeastern Louisiana Roadrunners track and field team for Coach Miguel Becerra…Volunteered with the Special Olympics program.
Marine biology major…Born in Moncton, Canada to Richard and Karen Murrin…Has one sibling named Jordan…Lists her dad, Richard, as her most influential person because he does everything he can to provide her family a good lifestyle…Lists pasta as her favorite food and Costa Rica as her favorite vacation destination…Favorite movie is Zombieland…Favorite TV show is That 70’s Show…Her favorite famous personalities are Johnny Depp, Sidney Crosby and Elvis Presley…Favorite sports team is the New England Patriots…Enjoys collecting records as a hobby and lists science as her favorite subject in school.
Jr. | Oswego, Ill.
AS A SOPHOMORE
Joined the track team after playing soccer for the Sharks…Ran in three races for the sharks…Ran a personal best in the 800 m at the UCF Invitational with a time of 2:27.22 placing fifth…Saw personal bests in the 1500m and in the 5000m at the Peach Belt Conference Championship running 4:59.89 in the 1500m and 19:30.36 in the 5000m.
Played soccer for four years at Oswego East HS for Coach Lauren Anderson.
Majoring in marine biology and with a marine ecology minor…Born in Carol Stream, Illinois...Favorite movie is Shutter Island…Favorite show is Friends...Daughter of Mark and Debbie Pecci and has a sister, Karissa.
Fr. | Bolivar, Mo.
Played basketball and ran cross country and track at Bolivar HS…Cross country coach was Ron Bandy…Broke the school record for the 800m with a time of 2:16.60…Was a member of the 4x800m team that broke the school record and won the state championship…Received All-State in cross country.
Majoring in arts and graphic design…Born in Bolivar, Missouri...Most memorable athletic achievement was breaking her sisters’ school record in the 800m…Names her father, Gerard as the most influential person in her life because he has set an amazing example for all of his kids and she wouldn’t be the person she is today without him…Favorite food is watermelon…Favorite movie is Almost Famous and favorite actors are Kate Hudson and Johnny Depp…Favorite show is Seinfeld…Hobbies include running, painting, writing, exploring and hoola hooping…Favorite subject in school is English...Daughter Gerard and Brenda Porter…Has eight siblings, Mikaela, Kassidy, Grady, Whitney, Camille, Jillian, Brielle and Ellaina.
Fr. | Virginia Beach, Md.
Ran cross country and track for four years at Ocean Lakes HS for Coach Michael Nestor…Her best times are 19:27 in the 5K, 5:24 in the 1600m and 11:32 in the 3200m.
Majoring in marine biology…Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia...Most memorable athletic achievement was being the first person on her team to finish at the cross country state championship her senior year…Logged over 850 hours at the Virginia Aquarium, marsh cleanups and building oyster reefs…Spent her summer working full time as a lab-tech at Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, running and traveling…Favorite food is Edamame…Favorite movie is How to Train your Dragon…Favorite show is NCIS…Favorite vacation spot is Okinawa…Names art as her hobby and her favorite subject in school is science...Daughter of John and Meldody Will...Has an older brother, John.
Bryan Hagopian was named head coach for men's and women's cross-country and men's and women's outdoor track on July 9, 2008.
The 2013-14 athletic year proved to be another benchmark year for Hagopian's programs. All four sports under the head coach claimed top-5 finishes at their respective conference championships, with Alex Palm winning her second Sunshine State Conference Championship. Both the women and men were represented at the NCAA Cross Country National Championship. In track and field, the Sharks once again combined for a pair of top-3 finishes at the Peach Belt Conference Championships. There, the Sharks pulled home multiple individual titles and set up several individual runs at the NCAA National Championship. Nationals was highlighted by Ryan Jerothe's All-American performance in the pole vault.
During the 2012-13 season, The men's cross country team won the Sunshine State Conference title and the 20th overall SSC Championship in Nova Southeastern history.The Shark men went on to continue their success by winning the South Regional Championship. This was the first time the team had won a Men's South Regional title in school’s history. The women took second at the SSC championships. Hagopian led Alexandra Palm to her first Sunshine State Conference Individual Championship. Palm is the first female in school history to win a Sunshine State Conference Title.The women took third-place at the South Regional Championship.The men came in 32nd as the women came in 29th at the NCAA Championships in Joplin, Mo. Hagopian led Alexandra Palm to her first Sunshine State Conference Individual Championship. Palm is the first female in school history to win a Sunshine State Conference Title.During the 2012-13 track and field season, Hagopian has helped the team accumulate five NCAA national representatives, six conference champions, two Peach Belt Athlete of The Year awards and 16 personal records and helped five athletes reach the NCAA national championship. He provided coaching to Peri Bowman, who was named Co-Athlete of the Year and Darren Hendricks, who was named Freshman Athlete of The Year. In addition, he also helped guide the women’s and men’s team to a second and third place finish at their first Peach Belt Conference Championship.
Following his unprecedented inaugural season as head coach in 2009, Hagopian came into his second year with high expectations of both cross country and track and field teams. He found it when Carlyle Thompson became the program’s first first-ever All-American for Track and Field. Thompson performed in the 2010 NCAA Championships and was the first one to do so in program history and earned sixth place.
During his first season with the Sharks, Hagopian coached both programs to multiple records during both the cross country and track and field seasons. On the women’s side, Krystal Porter and Brooke Hurley became the first two runners in the women’s cross country history to run sub 19:00 in the 5K. During the track season records were met in 10 track events as well as in three field events as the Sharks competed in field events for the first time since the track and field program began in 2006. Most notably for NSU’s women’s team for the track and field season was Kyley Jorgensen, who was a freshman who provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in the 100 meters.
On the men’s side, both Jeff Palmer and Eskender Abdalla recorded cross country’s first ever sub-26:00 8K times. Palmer ultimately ran NSU records in the 8K and the 10K with his 32:25 in the 10K at the Division II South Regional Championships, nearly two minutes faster than anyone else on NSU’s all-time top 10K times. In track and field the program had multiple and individual best performances. Michael Wilson became the first athlete in program history to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships in two events. Wilson, who provisionally qualified in the 200 meters in 2008, met the provisional times in both 100 and 200 meters.
Hagopian joined the Sharks after serving for one year at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette as the assistant men's and women's track and field coach for the NCAA Division I institution.
From 2004-2006, Hagopian was the head men's and women's cross-country/track & field coach for the College of Mount Saint Joseph (NCAA D-III) in Cincinnati, Ohio. He founded the inaugural men's and women's track and field teams for the Lions, while the cross country team garnered All-Region honors.
He was the assistant men's and women's cross-country/track and field coach for Upper Iowa University (NCAA D-II) in Fayette, Iowa from 2002-2003, where the Peacocks cross-country teams earned All-Conference and All-Region accolades.
He began his collegiate head coaching career at Mount Senario College (NAIA) in Ladysmith, Wis. He founded the first-ever cross-country team for the Fighting Saints and coached three National qualifiers in Track and Field from 1999-2001.
Hagopian earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education and Coaching from Hastings College in Neb., and a Master of Science Degree in Athletic Administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Austin Warner joined the NSU cross country and track and field staff in the fall of 2013. He served as a graduate assistant until being named assistant coach for the men’s/women’s cross country/track and field programs on Nov. 3, 2014.
Throughout his time at NSU, he has assisted both the men’s and women’s cross country program to the NCAA National Championships as well as two individual qualifiers. In cross country, Warner has guided 15 student-athletes to NCAA All-South Region honors by placing in the Top 25 at the NCAA Division 2 South Regional Championships. In fall 2015, the men’s and women’s cross country teams showed success in the classroom by achieving USTFCCAA All-Academic Team Awards for achieving an overall team GPA over 3.15
On the track, 18 middle distance and distance student-athletes have been named to the USTFCCCA All-South Region as well as every institutional record from 800m-10,000m has been broken for both the men and women in the past three seasons.
Prior to NSU, Warner served as an assistant for the men’s and women’s cross country programs at Hawaii Pacific University in 2012, where HPU hosted both the Pac West XC Championships and the NCAA Division II West Regional Cross Country Championships.
Originally from Dyer, Ind., Warner earned his Bachelor's degree from Trinity Christian College. Warner is a three-time NAIA national qualifier in cross country and a four-time national qualifier on the track.
He served as the team captain his junior and senior seasons and holds five school records at Trinity while holding personal bests of 14:53 in the 5000m and 31:59 in the 10000m events.
Warner is USATF Level 1 certified and holds a master's in education with a specialization in athletic administration.
Jessica Cousins joined the NSU track and field staff in the fall of 2015.
Cousins comes to NSU from Howard University, where she spent three years as the assistant coach and Director of Operations of their men’s and women’s track and field teams.
Originally from South Carolina, Cousins earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas, and was twice named All-American while competing with the Razorbacks. Cousins placed second in both the 2007 SEC Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky. and the SEC Outdoor Championships that same season in Auburn, Ala. At the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., she placed fourth.
After graduation, Cousins stayed at Arkansas and served as an academic advisor for one season and as a volunteer assistant coach for five seasons, while also competing as an athlete on USA Track and Field Elite team. She participated in the 2010 USA Indoor Championships, as well as for the 2010 and 2012 USA World Indoor Track and Field teams and the 2011 USA Pan American team. As an alternate on the 2010 USA World team, she placed first in the 4x400 in Doha, Qatar.
Prior to attending Arkansas, Cousins was a member of the Clemson Tigers track and field squad and was a 2003 ACC Champion in the 4x4 relay.