|Oct. 28, 2017
REPORT: The North Florida men's cross country team claimed runner-up
honors at the ASUN Championship on Saturday morning after seeing
three runners finish in the top six and all five scoring runners
earning all-conference accolades.
- Junior Nick Morken led the charge for
the Ospreys, finishing second in an 8k PR time of 24:09. Morken,
who was the defending individual champion of the event, also set
a new program record time at ASUN Championship
- Senior Tyler Stahl also clocked a PR time of 24:28 en route
to his third-place finish while sophomore Noah Perkins was sixth
in a PR time of 24:42.
- Junior Fynn Timm was 11th in a PR of 25:05 and sophomore Rob
Leverone finished 12th at 25:07 to round out the list of UNF scoring
- Sophomore Anderson Bobo along with freshman Christian Conder
and Jared Vazquez also posted PR runs for the Ospreys
Nick Morken - 1st team All-ASUN
Tyler Stahl - 1st team All-ASUN
Noah Perkins - 1st team All-ASUN
Fynn Timm - 2nd team All-ASUN
Rob Leverone - 2nd team All-ASUN
THOUGHTS FROM COACH PIGG...
"It was a very hard fought battle with Lipscomb. I thought
we competed very well but just missed out by a little. Nick
led with way with an outstanding performance and personal best.
Tyler Stahl finished third with another outstanding race and
these two guys continue to do a good job of leading our program.
Noah Perkins also ran very well finishing with a nice personal
best. It was nice to have Fynn Timm finish fourth after running
his fastest time and continue his strong season. Rob Leverone
has made great improvements and I'm very proud of his efforts
as it came through today. I wish we could have sent Tyler out
with a win but I'm very proud of what we've accomplished so
far this season."
North Florida will compete at the NCAA South Regional meet on
Nov. 10 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
2. Nick Morken (24:09.8) - PR
3. Tyler Stahl (24:28.9) - PR
6. Noah Perkins (24:42.7) - PR
11. Fynn Timm (25:05.4) - PR
12. Rob Leverone (25:07.4)
25. Anderson Bobo (26:17.5) - PR
26. Christian Conder (26:21.5) - debut
27. Leo Queyrou (26:30.7)
30. Jared Vazquez (26:37.5) - PR
1. Lipscomb (29)
2. North Florida (34)
3. Kennesaw State (97)
4. USC Upstate (131)
5. FGCU (135)
6. NJIT (137)
7. Stetson (150)
8. Jacksonville (229)
|Oct. 27, 2017
Ga. -- The North Florida cross country teams will toe the start
line for the ASUN Championship on Saturday morning at Sam Smith
Park. The men's 8k championship begins at 8:30 a.m., followed
by the women's 5k race at 9:30 a.m.
The Osprey men, currently ranked 9th in the USTFCCCA South
Region poll, are the defending ASUN Champions. UNF
dominated the field last year boasting four the the top five
finishers led by ASUN Runner of the Year, Nick Morken.
The team has enjoyed a strong campaign this year owning a pair
of event titles and looking to build on a seventh-place finish
at the competitive Alabama Crimson Classic just two weeks ago.
The UNF women's team, who is ranked 13th in the latest USTFCCA
South Region poll, hopes to build on their third place finish
a year ago in the ASUN Championship. Eden Meyer led the way
last year for the Ospreys, setting a course record en route
to claiming ASUN Runner of the Year honors and the individual
race championship. Meyer has continued her strong running, finishing
first twice this fall before earning a runner-up finish at Alabama
in the last meet.
Thoughts from Coach Pigg:
"It has been a great fall season. The team came in from
the summer training ready to go and we have made very good progress
throughout the year. This is a special group of kids who have
worked hard and who trust the process. It is time to cash in."
8:30 a.m. College Men's 8k
9:30 a.m. College Women's 5k
Ospreys Scheduled to Compete
Name (Collegiate 5k PR)
Eden Meyer (16:58.53)
Claudia Jalon (17:58.1)
Grace Meyer (18:10.36)
Audrey Carpenter (18:20.06)
Skye Zeller (19:12.39)
Hannah Evans (19:34.14)
Ciara Golliher (20:06.6)
Name (Collegiate 8k PR)
Nick Morken (24:38.8)
Tyler Stahl (25:08.4)
Noah Perkins (25:18.6)
Fynn Timm (25:27.61)
Rob Leverone (25:41.5)
Leo Queyrou (26:15.4)
Anderson Bobo (26:45.2)
Jared Vazquez (27:25.4)
Christian Conder (---)
Following the ASUN Conference Championships, North Florida is
set to participate in the NCAA South Region meet on Nov. 10,
in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
|Oct. 17, 2017
ORLEANS, La. -- In the latest USTFCCCA Top 15 Regional Cross Country
rankings both North Florida teams appeared on the South Region
chart with the Osprey men climbing to 9th and the women entering
the poll in 13th.
The men's team moved up a spot following a seventh place finish
against the competitive field at Alabama's Crimson Classic over
the weekend. The Ospreys competed with many other regionally
ranked programs on the course that will host the NCAA South
Regional meet. Nick Morken led a strong
performance by the squad that featured several PR finishes.
On the women's side, UNF returned to the regional ranking list
and earned the program's highest ranking since the start of
the 2016 season. North Florida posted a ninth place finish over
the weekend at Alabama's Crimson Classic, a competition that
included several regionally ranked teams. Senior Eden Meyer
continued her strong campaign collecting a runner-up individual
finish to lead the team.
UNF next competes at the ASUN Championship meet on Oct. 28
in Kennesaw, Ga.
"It was nice to see the women move into 13th, coming off
of a very solid meet at Alabama. Eden ran great at the front
of the pack. Claudia Jalon continues to transition to life at
the University of North Florida, while Audrey Carpenter ran
the best race of her collegiate career. She is looking awesome.
"For the men, Nick Morken continues
to run great followed by Tyler Stahl. The 1-2 punch is great
leadership for our team. Noah Perkins is a very consistent
three man. Fynn Timm has grown into a very consistent and solid
runner in cross country, and Rob Leverone continues to build
off of his third-place finish in the 10K at ASUN Outdoor Championship.
"Things are going very well, but the even more exciting
thing is that every one of our kids are looking forward and
preparing for the next race. The whole season is built around
feeling great the next few weeks." -- Head coach Jeff Pigg
|Oct. 13, 2017
Nick Morken sprints for
line at 2017 Crimson Classic
Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Harry Pritchett Running Park)
COURSE REPORT: Against a field that included 12 regionally-ranked
teams, the North Florida men's cross country squad earned a
7th-place showing in the University of Alabama hosted Crimson
Classic on Friday morning at the Harry Pritchett Running Park.
The Ospreys strong performance featured five runners clocking
new personal records on the layout that will host the upcoming
NCAA South Regional Championship.
- For the second consecutive meet,
junior Nick Morken led the way for UNF finishing ninth over
the 8k course in a PR of 24:38. Morken has now posted three
straight Top 10 finishes.
- Senior Tyler Stahl joined Morken in the Top 20, earning a
19th-place finish with a personal best 25;08 while sophomore
Noah Perkins tallied his own PR with a run of 25:18 to finish
- Junior Fynn Timm ran a 25:36 (49th) and sophomore Rob Leverone,
who posted a PR 25:41 (56th), rounded out the scoring runs for
- Freshmen Leo Queyrou also notched a PR (26:15)
THOUGHTS FROM COACH PIGG...
"It was a good day for our guys at a meet that had many
top teams. It was nice to see where we stack up. The men were
in a great battle that saw us compete very well but come up
just a little short of where we hoped to finish. Many of the
guys ran their best collegiate races. Nick
Morken ran very strong to lead the group. Nick continues to
get stronger and is realizing how good he can be in cross country.
Tyler Stahl has been extremely consistent senior leader who
always performs well and ran a tough race today. Noah Perkins
is also racing so well right now and it was nice to see him
get a PR in a run very similar to his practice runs. The top
three guys did a great job of working together during the race.
Fynn and Rob rounded out the Top 5 and they both just keep getting
better. We are right on track to perform our best at the ASUN
North Florida heads to the ASUN Championship meet on Oct. 28
in Kennesaw, Ga.. The Ospreys are the defending conference champions.
9. Nick Morken (24:38.8) -- PR
19. Tyler Stahl (25:08.4) -- PR
26. Noah Perkins (25:18.6) -- PR
49. Fynn Timm (25:36.0)
56. Rob Leverone (25:41.5) -- PR
91. Leo Queyrou (26:15.4) -- PR
126. Anderson Bobo (26:49.3)
163. Jared Vazquez (27:32.4)
|Sept. 27, 2017
LakePoint, Ga. - North Florida's Nick
Morken grabbed his first career ASUN Conference Men's Cross
Country Runner of the Week honor, the league office announced
Finishing in seventh place at the Mt.
Dew Invitational, which featured four ASUN teams and four regionally
ranked squads, Morken guided the Ospreys to a first-place team
finish as the senior from Niceville, Fla., posted the fastest
ASUN time of the meet in 25:14.5. It marked the third-fastest
time in his UNF career as he paced a trio of UNF runners in
the top-10 and all five scoring runners in the top-15.
Thoughts from Coach Pigg:
"Nick did a great job of working together with the group
to keep the pack tight. He accelerated some over the last part
to finish as our top runner, but his biggest contribution was
leadership for the team, He is very talented and fit. He is
a team-first guy and that unselfish attitude makes the guys
around him better."
ASUN Men's Cross Country Runner of the
Week - Sept. 27th
Nick Morken, North Florida
Senior | Niceville, Fla. | Sport Management
- First Career ASUN Conference Runner
of the Week Award; eighth all-time for UNF
- Top ASUN finisher at Mt. Dew Invitational, coming in seventh
- Finished the 8K race in 25:14.5; his third fastest time in
- Paced a trio of UNF runners in the top-10 as Ospreys won team
- Returns to the course on Oct. 13th at the Crimson Classic
|Sept. 23, 2017
Gainesville, Fla. (Mark Bostick Golf Course)
COURSE REPORT: The North Florida men's cross country squad topped
a competitive field Saturday morning at Florida's Mt. Dew Invitational
as all five UNF scoring runners finished in the Top 15.
- Junior Nick Morken led Top 5 pack
of Ospreys, earning a 7th place finish in a time of 25:14.
- Senior Tyler Stahl, making his season debut for UNF, also
posted a Top 10 performance as he finished 9th in an 8k PR time
of 25:19. Sophomore Noah Perkins finished just behind Stahl,
racing an 8k PR time of 25:31 to finish 10th.
- Junior Fynn Timm was 13th in a time of 25:47, while sophomore
Rob Leverone rounded out the scoring runners for UNF with an
8k PR of 25:51 to finish 15th
- Freshmen Leo Queyrou and Jared Vazquez made their collegiate
8k debuts in the event... Sophomore Anderson Bobo recorded a
personal collegiate best in the 8k layout
THOUGHTS FROM COACH PIGG...
"It is always exciting to come to the UF meet. It is consistently
a good field and we typically run well. I am very proud of how
well the guys ran today. It was nice to beat Florida and some
other regionally ranked teams along with some ASUN squads. I
like the progress we are making and we are focused on just getting
back to work."
North Florida continues its season at the Crimson Classic in
Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Oct. 13. The event will be run on the same
course that hosts the NCAA South Region meet in November.
|Sept. 7, 2017
Jacksonville, Fla. (Hayt Golf Learning Center Course)
COURSE REPORT: Led by the trio of Nick
Morken, Fynn Timm and Noah Perkins, the North Florida men's
cross country team defeated Florida and Jacksonville at the
UNF XC Invitational. Overall, the Ospreys had the top four finishers
and six of the Top 10.
- Sophomore Noah Perkins (15:33.75) and
juniors Fynn Timm (15:33.78) and Nick Morken (15:33.84) crossed
the finish line side-by-side to sweep the podium finishes for
the event. Sophomore Rob Leverone (15:45) was the fourth-place
- Senior Bradley Langenberg earned an 8th place finish (16:00)
in his final home cross country event, while freshman Leo Queyrou
finished 10th (16:05) in his UNF debut.
- Anderson Bobo and Jared Vazquez both also made their UNF debuts
in the race
THOUGHTS FROM THE TOP...
"Our team as a whole has worked very hard since last cross
country season. Their dedication should yield some nice results
this season. Nick, Noah and Fynn
are talented runners and are all very hungry for success. Our
team chemistry is outstanding and we are looking to achieve
some great things this year. This was a very good start for
the Ospreys. We were also happy to be able to get the meet in
with Hurricane Irma looming. We want to give a big 'Thank You'
to Ervin Lewis and his staff for helping us pull off this meet
two days earlier than expected. We also really appreciate everyone
who came out to support the meet." -- Head coach Jeff Pigg
North Florida continues its season at the Mt. Dew Invitational
in Gainesville, Fla., on Sept. 23.
1. Noah Perkins - 15;33.75
2. Fynn Timm - 15:33.78
3. Nick Morken - 15:33.84
4. Rob Leverone - 15:45.62
8. Bradley Langenberg - 16:00.08
10. Leo Queyrou - 16:05.46
11. Anderson Bobo - 16:06.48
13. Matthew Cashin - 16;15.97 (Unattached)
19. Jared Vazquez - 17:04.75
20. Rayford James - 17:23.04
22 Sem Sultanov - 17:51.12
Dual Meet Scores
UNF def. Florida: 18-39
UNF def. Jacksonville: 15-50
Florida def. Jacksonville: 15-50
LakePoint, Ga. - The 2017 ASUN Conference Men's Cross Country
Preseason Runner of the Year and Coaches Poll were announced
by the league office with Lipscomb edging out North Florida
in the preseason rankings. Defending
ASUN Championship Medalist, Nick Morken of North Florida claimed
the accolade as ASUN Preseason Men's Runner of the Year.
"Nick has had a very good summer,"
said head coach Jeff Pigg. "While he is the the defending
individual conference champion, I know his main goal is for
the team to do well. Nick will take care of his duties and work
to make the people around him better."
Spearheaded by Morken, North
Florida brings back five runners from last year's championship
squad including Tyler Stahl and Noah Perkins who both earned
Lipscomb collected six of the eight first-place votes while
North Florida snatched two after winning the 2016 ASUN Championship
title with a team score of 22. The Bisons return a multitude
of top runners including Juan Gonzalez and Jacob Poyner after
redshirting last season.
"Preseason rankings simply motivate our teams to work
even a little harder," added Pigg.
Preseason ASUN Men's Cross Country Coaches Poll
1. Lipscomb (6) -- 62 points
2. North Florida (2) -- 58 points
3. FGCU -- 47 points
4. USC Upstate -- 37 points
5. Kennesaw State -- 30 points
T6. NJIT -- 22 points
T6. Stetson -- 22 points
8. Jacksonville -- 10 points
Orlando, Fla. (UCF Track & Field Complex)
The Short Story: The North Florida men's track and field team
had a strong showing Saturday at the outdoor season opener,
UCF Black & Gold Challenge. The Ospreys dominated the 1500m
and had several other impressive outings in the season debut.
THE FINISH LINE
- The Ospreys had the top five finishers in the 1500m and placed
seven runners in the Top 10. Brad Hort led the charge picking
up the event time with a PR of 3:56. Fynn Timm (3:57), Noah
Perkins (3:58), Sem Sultanov (4:01) and Michael Damato (4:03)
rounded out the group of five at the front of the pack. Freshman
Rob Leverone finished 8th while Anderson Bobo made his collegiate
track debut in 10th.
- Nick Morken finished runner-up to
pace a group of six UNF competitors in the 800m. Morken finished
in a time of 1:50 with Chris Robin running a PR (1:53.27)
and Rayford James (1:53.56) joining him in the Top 10
- Senior sprinter Desmond Robb got his final outdoor campaign
started with a pair of solid performances in the 200m (22.36
/ 10th) and 400m (49.77 / 10th). Freshman George Escobar made
his collegiate debut in the 400m
ON THE FIELD
- After sitting out last outdoor season, senior pole vaulter
Shelton McLean made an impressive return for the Ospreys, winning
the event with a PR vault of 4.95m (16-02.75)
- Junior standout Bobby Harris got his outdoor campaign started
with a third-place finish in the high jump posting a mark of
"We competed very well. The last couple of weeks we worked
on recovery from the indoor season and went back to work. This
meet was a good start to getting back into the routine of racing.
They were a little tired from the workload of the past couple
weeks. The performances provide us great optimism as we we look
forward to the upcoming meets on the schedule." -- Head
coach Jeff Pigg
North Florida hosts their annual home event, the Sheraton UNF
Spring Break Invitational, next weekend on Mar. 24-25.
Winston-Salem, N.C. (JDL Fast Track)
The Short Story: The North Florida men's track and field team
finished runner-up at the ASUN Indoor Championships for the
third consecutive year behind the dominating performances from
UNF's distance corps. Nick Morken topped
the list of strong performances earning ASUN Most Valuable Performer
honor for points scored.
THE FINISH LINE
- Morken, competing in the challenging
triple that included the 800m, Mile and 3000m, earned the gold
medal in the Mile (4:12) to open Saturday's competition followed
by a silver medal performance in the 800m (1:53), which marked
a PR for the junior standout
- Teammate Tyler Stahl also attempted the triple finishing third
in both the Mile and 5000m on day two of the ASUN Championships
- Senior sprinter Desmond Robb collected points in both the
200m (6th) and 400m (2nd), highlighted by a PR and School record
clocking in the 400m with a time of 49.35
- In the Mile, Fynn Timm finished fourth to give Ospreys another
scoring time, while Rayford James (3rd), Cristian Acuna (5th)
and Chris Robin (6th) netted points for UNF in the 800m
- Brad Hort was runner-up in the 5000m following a PR of 14:39
with Stahl (14:58) and freshman Noah Perkins (15:01.13), finishing
third and fourth, respectively
- North Florida closed the competition with a second-place showing
in the 4x400m as the quartet of George Escobar, Chris Robin,
Rayford James and Desmond Robb posted a time of 3:22.80
ON THE FIELD
- The Ospreys did not have any athletes compete in field events
at the ASUN Indoor Championship on Saturday
"I am very proud of our men's team for battling to earn
a second-place team finish. They were very efficient and produced
many quality races from a small team. They were really able
to get the job done. Nick Morken was
outstanding in placing in Top 3 in all three races including
winning the Mile. It was exciting to see him recognized as the
top point scorer in the conference. Tyler Stahl also
had a very strong performance on the weekend posting two third-place
finishes and a runner-up. Those two guys really did a good job
in three events and leading the scoring for the team. Desmond
Robb continued his consistent performances on a busy day that
saw him earn a second and sixth place individual finishes along
with anchoring the 4x400m relay runner-up showing. Fynn Timm
followed up his anchor leg of the DMR last night with a solid
Mile. We had a strong 800m effort with four runners in the Top
6 and Brad Hort had a good runner-up finish in the 5000m. The
guys lined up well and competed in every event. It was a nice
finish for our team and we are looking forward to hopefully
having Bobby Harris participate in the NCAA Indoor Championships
in a couple weeks." -- Head coach Jeff Pigg
The North Florida will hopefully be sending high jumper Bobby
Harris to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
on Mar. 9-11. The rest of the Osprey squad will open Outdoor
Track season Mar. 18 in Orlando at the UCF Black & Gold
6. Desmond Robb - 22.55
2. Desmond Robb - 49.35 PR
2. Nick Morken - 1:53.07 PR
4. Rayford James - 1:55.32 PR
5. Cristian Acuna - 1:55.71
6. Chris Robin - 1:56.26
10. Constantine Stathis - 2:00.41
1. Nick Morken - 4:12.92
3. Tyler Stahl - 4:13.30
4. Fynn Timm - 4;14.44 PR
9. Sem Sultanov - 4:22.43 PR
2. Brad Hort - 14:39.84 PR
3. Tyler Stahl - 14:58.85 PR
4. Noah Perkins - 15:01.13 PR
7. Michael Damato - 15:19.74
13. Rob Leverone - 15:57.16 PR
2. 3:22.80 (George Escobar, Chris Robin, Rayford James,
TEAM STANDINGS (Final)
1. Kennesaw State (223)
2. North Florida (109)
3. Lipscomb (98)
4. NJIT (47)
5. USC Upstate (40)
Two Titles and Dominating
3000m Performance Highlight Day 1 of ASUN Indoor Championship
here for article
Winston-Salem, N.C. (JDL Fast Track)
The Short Story: The North Florida men's track and field team
nabbed a pair of event titles and had four of the top six finishers
in the 3000m on opening day competition at the ASUN Indoor Championship.
THE FINISH LINE
- Tyler Stahl was second (8:18.62) and
Nick Morken finished third (8:22.89) in leading a strong
performance for the Ospreys in the 3000m. Brad Hort (8:24.46)
and Noah Perkins (8:34.24) rounded out the group of scoring
runners for UNF, finishing 4th and 6th, respectively.
- In the DMR, the Osprey quartet of Sem Sultanov, George Escobar,
Cristian Acuna and Fynn Timm outraced the field to claim the
title in a time of 10:09.97
ON THE FIELD
- Junior Bobby Harris continued his dominance in the high jump,
winning his fourth career ASUN title with a mark of 2.10m (6-10.75).
His winning jump bested the rest of the field by 9.5 inches
"We don't have a large roster but everyone who competed
did a great job today. I am super proud of the entire group.
It was awesome to lead off the day by placing four runners in
the Top 6 of the 3000m. All four guys ran PR times in a terrific
team run. Bobby Harris just continued to shine in the high jump
picking up another conference title. I was really proud of our
DMR as freshman Sem Sultanov ran a swift opening leg and handed
off to another freshman George Escobar. Cristian Acuna did well
in the third leg and then Fynn Timm brought it home with a great
anchor leg in the Mile." -- Head coach Jeff Pigg
The North Florida men's track and field concludes competition
in the ASUN Championships on Friday (Feb. 24) at the JDL Fast
2. Tyler Stahl - 8:18.62 PR
3. Nick Morken - 8:22.89 PR
4. Brad Hort - 8:24.46 PR
6. Noah Perkins - 8:34.24
1. 10:09.97 (Sem Sultanov/George Escobar/Cristian Acuna/Fynn
1. Bobby Harris - 2.10m (6-10.75)
TEAM STANDINGS (Thru Day 1)
1. Kennesaw State (64)
2. North Florida (39)
3. Lipscomb (20)
4. NJIT (16)
5. USC Upstate (13)
Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham Crossplex)
The Short Story: The North Florida men's track and field team
saw solid performances by several athletes Friday in the Samford
Invitational highlighted by a PR mile showing from Tyler Stahl.
THE FINISH LINE
- Stahl led a trio of Osprey PR performances in the Mile racing
a time of 4:07.53 to finish runner-up in the event. His time
marked a nine second improvement on his previous best time.
Freshman Noah Perkins (4:16.40) made his debut in the event
while fellow freshman Sem Sultanov (4:24.15) clocked his collegiate
- Standout Nick Morken led a sweep
of the top 4 spots in the 800m, posting a time of 1:54.04.
Constantine Stathis (1:54.66), Chris Robin
(1:55.10) and Cristian Acuna (1:55.42) all had personal best
times in following Morken to the finish line.
Rayford James and McKenna Lasher also finished in the Top 10
for the event.
- Fynn Timm ran a PR 8:32.14 to finish 3rd in the 3000m
- Desmond Robb was close to posting a pair of personal bests
in the 200m and 400m
ON THE FIELD
- The Ospreys did not have any athletes compete in field events
at the Samford Invitational
"We had some strong performances in several events. Tyler
Stahl ran a very impressive race in the Mile and recorded a
strong personal best. The 800m group ran a strong race as did
the 3000m guys. Desmond Robb had another consistent meet, which
is what we've come to expect from him. Overall it was a nice
meet and a great trip. We are excited and looking forward to
competing at the ASUN Championships in a couple weeks."
-- Head coach Jeff Pigg
The North Florida men's track and field team heads to Winston-Salem,
N.C. for the ASUN Championships on Feb. 23-24 at the JDL Fast
22. Desmond Robb (22.65)
7. Desmond Robb (49.47)
16. George Escobar (50.68) -- collegiate debut
1. Nick Morken (1:54.04)
2. Constantine Stathis (1:54.66) -- PR
3. Chris Robin (1:55.10) -- PR
4. Cristian Acuna (1:55.42) -- PR
6. Rayford James (1:55.68)
9. McKenna Lasher (1:56.17) -- PR
2. Tyler Stahl (4:07.53) -- PR
10. Noah Perkins (4:16.40) -- debut
15. Sem Sultanov (4:24.15) -- PR
3. Fynn Timm (8:32.14) -- PR
4. Brad Hort (8:34.10) -- PR
5. Rob Leverone (8:34.59) -- PR
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- North Florida
junior standout Nick Morken ran a 4:09.49 en route to finishing
8th in the Camel City Invitational Elite Mile race Saturday
afternoon at JDL Fast Track.
Competing against several professional
runners along with some of the nation's top milers, Morken posted
a personal best by three seconds while participating in the
showcase final race of the Camel City Invitational. In addition,
his performance is the fastest mile time in the ASUN this season.
"This was a great experience
for Nick to be in such a high level competition," said
UNF head coach Jeff Pigg. "He ran a quick race and with
the NCAA conversion it should end up being a 4:05.9. He is getting
close to peak indoor condition and we are looking forward to
more quality indoor races. Next week he will run in the 800m
Morken and the rest of the Osprey
track and field program will return to action next Friday (Feb.
9) at the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Ala.
Camel City Elite Mile Results:
1. Nate Brannen (Unattached) -- 4:00.29
2. Andy Bayer (Nike) -- 4:00.46
3. Neil Gourley (Virginia Tech) -- 4:01.14
4. Vincent Ciattei (Virginia Tech) -- 4:06.23
5. Chad Noelle (Asics Furman Elite) -- 4:07.27
6. Leo Manzano (Hoka One One) -- 4:08.75
7. Robert Heppenstall (Wake Forest) -- 4:08.87
8. NICK MORKEN (UNF) -- 4:09.49 PR
9. Simon Holden (Wake Forest) -- 4:11.95
Pair of School Records Highlight
Strong Opening at Clemson Invitational for Men's Track &
here for article
Clemson, S.C. (Clemson Indoor Track Facility) The Short Story:
The North Florida men's track and field team had a strong performance
in their indoor season opener on Saturday, breaking a pair of
school records and winning a event title. Senior sprinter Desmond
Robb blitzed to personal and school record times in the 200m
and 400m, while senior Brad Hort clocked a personal best in
claiming the 5000m crown. Junior standout Bobby Harris posted
a runner-up showing in the high jump.
THE FINISH LINE
- Similar to the women's team, UNF got things rolling early
on the track as Brad Hort earned the 5000m title in a personal
record time of 14:46.19 in the day's first race.
- Desmond Robb continued his record-setting career racing to
a school and personal best time in both the 200m (22.30) and
- In the Mile, juniors Nick Morken
(4:15.66) and Tyler Stahl (4:16.34) finished second and
third, respectively, with Stahl clocking a personal record
- Morken led a strong group of performers
in the 800m, finishing fifth (1:54.42), just ahead
of junior teammate Rayford James in seventh in a personal best
time of 1:55.42
- Freshman Noah Perkins had a strong collegiate debut with a
runner-up finish in the 3000m (8:31.76)
ON THE FIELD
- Junior standout Bobby Harris earned a second-place finish
in the high jump after a mark of 2.10m (6-10.75)
"This meet was a great experience for our young team to
have the opportunity to compete against several strong programs
including Clemson, South Carolina and Florida State. We saw
some really great performances against a competitive field,
which is a great way to open the indoor season. Overall, it
was a good track meet for the Ospreys." UNF head
coach Jeff Pigg
Full Men's Results
8. Desmond Robb (22.30) - PR/School Record
6. Desmond Robb (49.45) - PR/School Record
5. Nick Morken (1:54.42)
7. Rayford James (1:55.42) - PR
9. McKenna Lasher (1:56.63) - collegiate debut
10. Constantine Stathis (1:57.13)
15. Chris Robin (2:03.98)
2. Nick Morken (4:15.66)
3. Tyler Stahl (4:16.34) - PR
5. Fynn Timm (4:24.94)
9. Sem Sultanov (4:31.80) - collegiate debut
2. Noah Perkins (8:31.76) - collegiate debut
3. Rob Leverone (8:51.42) - collegiate debut
1. Brad Hort (14:46.19) - PR
2. Manny Velasquez (15:25.78) - event debut
2. Bobby Harris (2.10m / 6-10.75)
2. Shelton McLean (4.65m / 15-03) - Unattached
5. 3:22.84 (Desmond Robb, Cristian Acuna, McKenna Lasher,
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The North Florida track and field teams
will send a select group of athletes to the JDL College Kickoff
Classic on Saturday at the JDL Fast Track Facility.
North Florida is coming off one of the
most successful cross country seasons in program history with
the men's team claiming the first ASUN Conference team title
for the Ospreys along with junior Nick Morken winning the
individual title. Meanwhile, a young and talented
women's team posted a third-place showing behind the record-setting,
championship winning run by junior standout Eden Meyer.
Saturday's meet will provide the Osprey's jumpers and sprinters
an opportunity to get some competition under their belt before
the holiday break. Those expecting to compete for UNF include
high jumpers Bobby Harris, Alyssa Young and Alexandra Ellis
along with hurdlers Hallie Grimes and Tianna Hearn and mulit-sprint
runner Desmond Robb.
Following the JDL Classic, North Florida's next indoor meet
will be the Camel City Invitational on Feb. 3-4 at this same
JDL Fast Track.
"The JDL Kickoff classic a great way to get our track season
rolling. For our upperclassmen, who are the nucleus of our indoor
team, we think it is important to get in a competition to bring
closure to a great fall for our program. All of the track kids
have worked hard and we are looking forward to competing."
-- Head coach Jeff Pigg
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Led by redshirt-sophmore
Nick Morken's Top 20 finish, the North Florida men's cross country
team capped off their 2016 campaign with a ninth-place showing
in the NCAA South Region meet at Apalachee Regional Park.
Morken, who earned NCAA All-Region
honors with his 17th-place performance, covered the 10k course
in a personal best time of 30:57.6. He was not only UNF's top
finishing runner but also the fastest finisher among ASUN competitors.
Junior Tyler Stahl improved his personal best time by nearly
40 seconds en route to finishing 33rd at 31:39 followed by senior
Brad Hort in 43rd with a personal record 31:48, a 10-second
improvement. Freshman Noah Perkins (32:35) and senior Michael
Damato (32:40) rounded out the Osprey's scoring runners, finishing
in 74th and 80th spots, respectively.
Ole Miss claimed the team title with 46 points, while MTSU
was second with 61 including having the top two individual finishers.
UNF totalled 235 points.
- 6 of the 7 UNF runners posted PR times
- Junior Nick Morken along with
the freshmen trio of Noah Perkins, Jon Grandpierre and Rob Leverone
all made their collegiate 10k debuts
- North Florida's 235 point total marked the best score in the
program's Division I history
- Ospreys have finished among Top 10 in two of the last three
NCAA South Regionals
"The men finished right about where we were expected to
heading into the race coming off our ASUN Conference championship.
We had a good day. Nick Morken had
a fantastic run finishing in the Top 20, which earns him All-Region
honors and is a great way to follow-up his conference title.
Additionally, I thought all the guys running 10,000m for the
first time this year did a great job. Tyler Stahl just continues
to improve and finished the year with maybe the best cross country
race of his career. Brad Hort ran solid in his final cross country
race and I thought Mike (Damato) continued to battle the entire
race despite not having his best stuff, but that competitiveness
has been a trademark for his entire career. I was really proud
of all three of our freshmen in running their first 10K races.This
wrapped up a very good cross country season and sets us up for
hopefully a good track season." -- Head coach Jeff Pigg
17) Nick Morken - 30:57.6 PR
33) Tyler Stahl - 31:39.6 PR
43) Brad Hort - 31:48.8 PR
74) Noah Perkins - 32:35.4 PR
80) Michael Damato - 32:40.9
86) Jon Grandpierre - 32:46.2 PR
129) Rob Leverone - 33:51.3 PR
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The North Florida cross country teams
continue postseason competition Friday morning in the NCAA South
Regional hosted by Florida State at Apalachee Regional Park.
The South Regional is the first stage in the NCAA National
Championship competition. The women's 6k race is set to start
at 8:30 a.m. followed at 9:30 a.m. by the men's 10k.
The Ospreys are coming off solid performances at the ASUN Championships
on Oct. 29. The UNF men claimed the
program's first conference title with a dominating performance
that featured four of the top five finshers including individual
winner, Nick Morken. On the women's side, Eden Meyer
set a course record en route to earning the individual crown
and leading the team to a third-place showing. At last year's
South Regional, the men posted a program best 12th place finish
while the women finished 15th.
The field at the South Regional features all of the current
USTFCCCA Top 15 ranked squads in the region. Several teams are
also ranked in the Top 30 nationally including Ole Miss (No.
14 - women/No. 11 - men) and MTSU (No. 26 - men).
The top two finishing teams get an automatic bid to the National
Championship race on Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind. In addition,
the top four individual finishers not on a qualifying team also
advance to the finals.
Coach Pigg says...
"While they do regional rankings all season, now is when
it matters. This is our chance to race a lot of big name schools
head to head to see where we stack up against them."
"Fresh off of the ASUN Championship, we are eager to get
back at it. These guys have worked hard this year and are looking
forward to the opportunity to race some top notch competition
at the Regional Championship. I feel like we have momentum here
late in the year, so it will be exciting to see how we stack
up. Basically, the team trains year-round for the late October
and November portion of the season, so hopefully they will perform
well. Our men have a strong pack and that should yield a good
team finish. While Nick Morken was our front runner at the ASUN
meet, we have strength in numbers with Brad Hort, Michael Damato
and Tyler Stahl all running very well now. In their case working
together will be paramount."
"Coming off of their best race of the season at the ASUN
Championship, the women head to the Regional meet led by ASUN
Champion Eden Meyer. I think all of the girls running at Regional
are very excited to race again. Our season has been pointed
towards running well late in the year, and that time is now.
We competed well at the ASUN and expect to have that same level
of competition on Friday. Grace Meyer, a 2nd team All-ASUN performer,
is running well along with Audrey Carpenter, and the freshmen
duo of Emma Grantges and Brittany Lang. It will be a good experience
for our young team."
"This will be our team's first time running at these distances
this season. In the men's 10,000 meters, strength and maturity
along with consistent preparation are key factors in being good.
For the women in the 6k, it's similar to 5K so a 6K late in
the season is where preparation and desire can carry them the
extra 1000 meters."
Women (36 teams): UNF, South Florida, Miami, FIU, FAU, Tennessee
Tech, Mercer, FGCU, Belmont, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State,
Georgia, Alabama, UT-Martin, MTSU, Kennesaw State, Jacksonville,
Alabama State, Stetson, Southern Miss, UCF, UAB, Georgia State,
Ole Miss, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Memphis,
Lipscomb, ETSU, Georgia Southern, Samford, Chattanooga, South
Men (31 teams): UNF, Georgia, MTSU, FAU, Jacksonville, Lipscomb,
South Florida, FGCU, Chattanooga, UT-Martin, Austin Peay, FIU,
Alabama, Belmont, Auburn, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss,
South Alabama, Tennessee, Mercer, Samford, ETSU, Kennesaw State,
Tennessee Tech, Georgia Tech, Stetson, Troy, Miami, Mississippi
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Nick Morken
and Brad Hort crossed the finish line at the 2016 ASUN Conference
Men's Cross Country Championship in first and second as North
Florida earned its first-ever conference title. Morken
& Hort are the first teammates to take the top-two spots
at the conference meet since 2008.
Morken becomes the second-straight
Osprey to earn ASUN Runner of the Year with his first-place
performance as North Florida dethroned three-time defending
ASUN Champions, Lipscomb, by 39 points. The Ospreys
posted a dominant performance with four runners in the top-five,
which hasn't been accomplished since 1988 at the ASUN Championship
as Michael Damato & Tyler Stahl joined Morken & Hort.
Noah Perkins earned ASUN Freshman of the Year honors as he finished
In addition, head coach Jeff Pigg was named the ASUN Men's
Cross Country Coach of the Year.
North Florida will have two weeks off from competiton before
returning to action at the NCAA South Regional on Nov. 11 in
- UNF's final point total of 22 marked the best in program history,
eclipsing last year's 45 point effort
- Morken becomes just second Osprey
to earn XC Runner of the Year honor
- Perkins is the second consecutive UNF runner to claim Freshman
of the Year award
- Pigg becomes first UNF mentor to garner the ASUN Coach of
the Year accolade for Men's XC
- Damato ends his XC career with three All-ASUN first-team honors
- 5 Osprey runners collected 8k-XC PR times including Morken's
event winning pace
"It has been a long journey to this point of winning an
ASUN Championship. Lipscomb has been a dominant team, so this
is a day that these guys will never forget. They prepared well,
stayed focused and executed a great race allowing them to win
together. Nick Morken knows how to
win. After he broke his ankle last year training on the trails,
he was hungry to be back with the team. He trained very hard
this summer building his aerobic base. He truly loves the Mile,
but he is a great competitor and was not going to let his team
down. In his senior season, Brad Hort, ran the best
race of his career. He trained alot this summer and was determined
to finish his cross country career on a high note. He was strong
and confident and wasn't going to be denied today. Mike Damato,
another senior, was laser-focused on closing his ASUN cross
country career with a team title. Mike and I have been through
alot together and it was so great to see him and his boys close
out with such a dominating team performance. Mike works hard
and competes with passion. Tyler continues to develop into a
very good cross country runner. He had a great offseason and
was well prepared to help us keep a lead pack of four runners,
which ultimately fueled our championship performance. Freshman
of the Year performer, Noah Perkins, ran a very good race. He
was patient early and did not let up when fatigue set in on
him during the race. When he saw junior Manny Velasquez struggling
with an injury, he dug down and ran up into a strong fifth position
for the team. He led a strong contingent of freshmen including
Rob Leverone and Jon Grandpierre, who rounded out our Top 7."
-- Head coach Jeff Pigg
-On Coach of Year Award
"Anything of real value doesn't come without hard work
and a great group of support. It was a super effort from Coach
Krupa, Coach Cooke and Coach McFarlane to make this a successful
cross country season." -- Pigg
1) Nick Morken - 25:00.48 PR
2) Brad Hort - 25:08.67
4) Michael Damato - 25:22.96
5) Tyler Stahl - 25:31.36 PR
10) Noah Perkins - 25:37.04 PR
16) Jon Grandpierre - 25:49.71 PR
21) Rob Leverone - 26:10.43 PR
38) Fynn Timm - 27:15.44
49) Manny Velasquez - 28:21.31
1) North Florida - 22
2) Lipscomb - 61
3) FGCU - 68
4) USC Upstate - 114
5) Kennesaw State - 141
6) Stetson - 172
7) NJIT - 179
8) Jacksonville - 217
ASUN First Team All-Conference
Nick Morken, North Florida - ASUN Runner
of the Year
Brad Hort, North Florida
Luka Ndungu, FGCU
Michael Damato, North Florida
Tyler Stahl, North Florida
Sam Remington, Lipscomb
Ronny Greenup, FGCU
ASUN Second Team All-Conference
Dorian Jones, USC Upstate
Joseph Beery, Stetson
Noah Perkins, North Florida
Kyle Johnson, Lipscomb
William Kachman, Lipscomb
Carlin Berryhill, FGCU
Theodore Kountourogiannis, USC Upstate
ASUN Conference All-Freshman Team
Noah Perkins, North Florida - ASUN Freshman of the Year
Kyle Johnson, Lipscomb
William Kachman, Lipscomb
Carlin Berryhill, FGCU
Brent Leber, Lipscomb
TAMPA, Fla. -- After nearly a month off from race competition
due to schedule changes and unexpected weather, the North Florida
cross country teams make their return Friday in the USF Invitational
scheduled to start at 5 p.m. at The Claw Golf Course.
The last race run by the Ospreys was the Mt. Dew Invitational
in Gainesville, Fla., on Sept. 24. The
UNF men's team, currently ranked 13th in the USTFCCCA South
Region, posted a runner-up finish in the event led by junior
Nick Morken's second-place showing after covering the 8k layout
in 25:30. On the women's side, junior Eden Meyer
clocked a 5k PR time of 17:16 to finish third overall and guide
the Ospreys to a fourth-place team finish.
The USF Invitational marks the final tune-up race for North
Florida before the ASUN Championship on Oct. 29 in Spartanburg,
"We are looking forward to having an opportunity to race.
After the hurricane led us to cancelling our participation in
last weekend's FSU meet, we are eager to compete and see the
progress that has been made since our last meet at the University
of Florida. Both teams have been working very hard to prepare
for the championship portion of the season, which begins with
the ASUN meet at the end of the month. We are expecting to have
most of the runners in the competition." -- Head Coach
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With three runners among the Top 10 finishers
and all five scoring runners in the Top 20, the North Florida
men's cross country squad earned a runner-up finish Saturday
morning in the Mt. Dew Invitational at UF's Mark Bostick Golf
Junior Nick Morken paced the strong
showing finishing in second with a time of 25:30. Senior
Brad Hort made his season debut running a time of 25:42 to finish
sixth while junior Manny Velasquez was 10th in a time of 26:05.
Freshman Noah Perkins (26:33.03) and senior Michael Damato (26:33.64)
rounded out the group of scoring runners for the Ospreys after
placing 16th and 17th, respectively.
Coach Pigg says...
"The men were right where they should be based on the work
we have done. Nick Morken is strong
and it is good to have him back running cross country after
redshirting last year. Brad Hort kicked of his senior
season with a very good opener as well. He prepared well this
summer. Manny Velasquez also ran well after missing last year's
cross country season with a late season injury. He is following
up his strong outdoor track season with more quality running.
Freshman Noah Perkins ran the first 8k of his career and handled
the distance well finishing with senior Mike Damato, who looked
under control and will certainly progress well throughout the
*A trio of Osprey newcomers made their collegiate 8k debuts
including Perkins, Rob Leverone and Sem Sultanov
*UP NEXT: Next race for UNF is Oct. 7 at the FSU Invitational
2) Nick Morken -- 25;30.26
6) Brad Hort -- 25:42.21
10) Manny Velasquez -- 26:05.09
16) Noah Perkins -- 26:33.03 PR
17) Michael Damato -- 26;33.64
22) Rob Leverone -- 26:50.77 PR
23) Tyler Stahl -- 26:53.01
28) Fynn Timm -- 27:27.11
38) Bradley Langenberg -- 28:03.30
43) Sem Sultanov -- 28:16.52 PR
1. Florida (22)
2. UNF (49)
3. FGCU (73)
4. Miami (121)
5. USF (133)
6. FAU (172)
7. Jacksonville (211)
8. FIU (216)
9. Stetson (240)
10. Florida A&M (289)
JACKSONVILLE -- Led by Nick Morken's
second-place finish, the North Florida men's cross
country squad opened their 2016 campaign placing five runners
among the Top 10 finishers in the UNF XC Invitational hosted
on the golf course at the Hayt Golf Learning Center.
Osprey Finishers - 5K
2) Nick Morken - 15:54.63
5) Tyler Stahl - 16:03.70
6) Manny Velasquez - 16:04
7) Noah Perkins - 16:07.70
10) Bradley Langenberg - 16:21.84
13) Rayford James (Unattached) - 16;29.82
16) Wesley Norton (Unattached) - 16:48.21
21) Anderson Bobo (Unattached) - 17:04.39
24) Sem Sultanov (Unattached) - 17:19.30
Coach Pigg says...
"We've been working really hard. The first meet we wanted
to come out with sort of a plan. We feel like running together
we win so that was our plan for today and the whole season.
It was our focus from the start today. We stayed together and
then we allowed them to speed up the last mile. It was a good
start. It was a nice morning and the guys were excited to get
out and race. It was a really fun way to kickoff the season
with so many people on the course. We probably had about 4,000
people all around the course and we don't have the chance to
run in front of those kinds of crowds very often in cross country.
It was nice to see the guys run good. Nick
finished strong which is what we expected and it was nice to
have him back after missing last year after getting hurt training
on the trails. We have several other guys we can
put in the lineup as the season moves along, but it was a really
LAKE POINT, Ga. -- The North Florida men's and women's cross
country teams were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Sun
Conference Preseason Poll as voted on by the league's head coaches
and announced by the conference office.
Both programs posted runner-up finishes at the ASUN Championships
last season and return valuable members from those squads. The
men's team will be led by standouts Nick Morken,
Michael Damato and Fynn Timm while the junior Eden Meyer paces
a women's squad that welcomes some key newcomers.
"The preseason poll is usually a reflection of the way
your team finished the previous year," said head coach
Jeff Pigg. "We are looking forward to another competitive
cross country season. The kids have been working hard over the
summer and our focused on continue to improve. We are excited
about the start of the season and having a chance to race for
a championship at the end of October."
The Ospreys open their cross country campaign with their home
event, the UNF XC Invitational, on Sept. 10 at the Hayt Golf
Learning Center course. The ASUN Championship is set for Oct.
29 in Spartanburg, S.C.
JACKSONVILLE -- North Florida track
and field sophomore Nick Morken wrapped up his impressive season
Thursday evening, running a time of 3:49.56 in the 1500m event
of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary at UNF's
Morken finished seventh in his heat
and 36th overall for the event. This marked his second consecutive
appearance at the East Preliminary in the 1500m.
"Nick had a really solid season,"
said head coach Jeff Pigg. "He ran a good race but didn't
have the finish he hoped for. Tonight's race was a great opportunity
for him to grow, develop and learn a few things about running
a tactical race. This was definitely another good racing experience
The NCAA East Preliminary, the opening round of the NCAA Championships,
continues at Hodges Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
JACKSONVILLE -- Four individual event titles highlight the
North Florida men's track and field team's runner-up performance
Saturday in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship meet at
Sophomore standout Nick Morken collected
gold medals in the both the 1500m and 5000m, while
senior Desmond Robb was the champion in the 400m and sophomore
Bobby Harris continued his stellar season earning the event
title in the high jump, with a conference championship meet
record mark of 2.17m (7-01.50).
The Ospreys dominated the middle distances on Saturday as UNF
finished second (Rayford James), third (Taylor Sumagpang) and
fourth (Constantine Stathis) in the 800m, and followed that
up with a first and third (Tyler Stahl) in the 1500m and a first,
second (Manny Velasquez), fourth (Brad Hort) and sixth (Michael
Damato) in the 5000m.
"It was a great team effort by our men's squad to earn
a second-place finish," said head coach Jeff Pigg. "Nick
looked really strong in his races and appears ready for the
NCAA Regional. Bobby continues to jump extremely
well for us and I was excited for Desmond to win the 400m. I
thought the guys we sent out in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m all
did great jobs and ran the races we expected from them."
Robb picked up a second medal on Saturday night finishing third
in the 200m, while Maurice Sapp scored points with a fifth-place
finish in the 400m and Kyle Crompton was fifth in the 400m hurdles.
In addition, Robb and Sapp led the 4x400m relay team, which
also included Sumagpang and Cristian Acuna, to a silver medal
"I was proud of the effort from our team," Pigg added.
"I also want to be sure to thank the Atlantic Sun for allowing
us to host the championships because it is something we look
forward to and take pride in hosting. I thought our entire Athletic
Department staff along with the group of officials and volunteers
put on another outstanding event."
A trio of North Florida men's track and field athletes are
expected to qualify for the upcoming NCAA East Preliminary on
May 26-28 at Hodges Stadium. Those with
current qualifying marks/times include: Nick Morken (1500m),
Fynn Timm (3000m Steeplechase) and Bobby Harris (High Jump).
JACKSONVILLE -- The North Florida Track & Field teams will
host the 2016 Atlantic Sun Conference Outdoor Championships
on Friday and Saturday at Hodges Stadium. Competition is slated
to begin both days at 9 a.m.with multi-events, while individual
field events start at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and running begins
at 7 p.m.
The Ospreys, who are hosting the outdoor championship for the
eighth consecutive year, look to continue their strong spring
performances. The UNF men finished runner-up last year and feature
six athletes that enter the weekend as the top league performer
in their event. Meanwhile, the women's team looks to build on
last year's fourth-place showing led by a trio of conference
event leaders in the lineup.
"We are very excited to host the ASUN Championships,"
said head coach Jeff Pigg. "Hosting the championship is
a lot of work, but our athletic department works very well together.
From the facilities crew headed by Ervin Lewis to the track
set up done by Coach Krupa to Coach Cooke coordinating the officials,
we have all the key areas covered and our entire staff chips
in to get everything prepared. Additionally, it is an opportunity
for our team to get involved with the behind the scenes set
up of the meet. I think they really enjoy contributing to the
success of the meet."
The UNF men enter the weekend following some record setting
performances this season. Desmond Robb and Maurice Sapp are
ranked first and second in the conference standings for the
400m while Nick Morken, Taylor
Sumapang and Rayford James top the 800m list that includes
six Ospreys in the Top 10. Morken and Tyler Stahl are
listed one-two in the 1500m while Brad Hort tops
the 10,000m chart and Fynn Timm leads the conference in the
3,000m Steeplechase. Bobby Harris, the ASun Indoor Champion
in the high jump, comes into the outdoor championship as the
top rated performer in the event.
"The men's team looks to follow up on a strong 2nd place
finish indoors," added Pigg. "Retuning indoor champion,
Bobby Harris, looks to continue jumping well this outdoor season.
Desmond Robb leads the conference in the 400 and is ready to
run well too. Senior Maurice Sapp has been running very well
this year and looks to cap off his career with a great 400 meter
race. Senior Taylor Sumagpang recently ran a PR in the 800 and
lead our 800-meter entries. Coming
off of redshirting indoors, Nick Morken is the conference leader
in 1500 and will opt to run the 5000 instead of 800, in which
he is also the leader. Tyler
Stahl and Morken lead the 1500 where we also have four
of the top seven times. Fynn Timm tops the steeplechase
followed by Manny Velasquez, who is coming off a PR last weekend
along with Bradley Langenberg, who finished 3rd last year and
is looking for another strong race."
On the women's side, sophomore Hallie Grimes owns the fastest
400m time of the season in the conference while sophomore high
jumper, Alyssa Young, and senior pole vaulter Megan Walker are
also the top perfomers in their events.
"For the women, Megan Walker leads ASun and is hoping
to follow-up her indoor championship in the pole vault,"
Pigg said. "Alyssa Young is jumping really well outdoors
as well in the high jump and is coming off a big PR. Vanessa
Philbert, who has been plagued by some leg pain in the last
few weeks, looks to follow up her indoor win in the 800m and
enters the weekend rested, fresh and ready to run well. In the
steeplechase, Kelly Hensley and Audrey Carpenter are looking
to score strong finishes. Tayler Johnson has been running well
this track season and is looking to finish off the season with
a great race. Eden and Grace Meyer come into the 10,000m event
in scoring positions and have looked very good in practice."
Tickets for the ASun Championship are available for purchase
at the ticket window at Hodges Stadium. Admission prices are
$7 for a single day pass and $10 for the weekend. Youth, Senior
Citizen, Military and UNF Faculty/Staff tickets are $5 single
day and $8 for the weekend. Children 2 and under are free.
Live scoring updates for the ASun Championship will be available
online at Halfimiletiming.com. Saturday's schedule begins at
9 a.m. with multi-event competition followed by individual field
events starting at 3 p.m. and running events set to start at
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The North Florida men's track and field
team posted several strong performances Friday in the Tom Jones
Memorial Invitational hosted by the University of Florida at
Percy Beard Track.
Sophomore standout Nick Morken recorded the fastest 800m of
the season, racing to a time of 1:50. He paced a group of Osprey
runners finishing among the Top 10 in the event followed by
Taylor Sumagpang (1:52), Rayford James (1:53) and Constantine
Sprinters Desmond Robb and Maurice Sapp notched strong times
in the 400m including a PR by Sapp in 48.73. In addition, the
trio of Logan Poteet, Fynn Timm and Wesley Norton all clocked
solid times in the 1,500m.
26. Desmond Robb (48.23)
28. Maurice Sapp (48.73) - PR
21. Kyle Crompton (55.22)
3. Nick Morken (1:50.78)
5. Taylor Sumagpang (1:52.41)
6. Rayford James (1:53.16)
7. Constantine Stathis (1:53.97)
11. Tyler Stahl (1:55.20)
13. Cristian Acuna (1:56.02)
14. Chris Robin (1:56.84)
9. Logan Poteet (3:54.00)
13. Fynn Timm (3;55.72)
13. Wesley Norton (3:55.72) - PR
2. Manny Velasquez (9:31.81)
4. Bradley Langenberg (9:42.37)
6. Nicholas Gonzalez (10:18.56)
MACON, Ga. - North Florida's Nick
Morken and Bobby Harris combined to sweep the Atlantic Sun
Men's Outdoor Track and Field weekly awards after their performances
at the Florida Relays, announced Wednesday by the league office.
"It's awesome to see both Nick
and Bobby recognized as the performers of the week for the Atlantic
Sun," said head coach Jeff Pigg. "Nick
had a great race in the 1500m at the Florida relays with his
time of 3:42.56. That is equivalent to a sub four-minute mile
as a standard conversion is adding 17 seconds to 1500m times.
Nick not only ran fast, but also beat some very good competitors
en route to running his PR. Bobby continues to jump
higher as the season goes on. Placing third at Florida Relays
saw him out-jumping some very strong competitors. We look forward
to the rest of the year and particularly the championship phase
of our season, where we hope to see both of these young men
having continued success."
Morken put together a dominant performance
in the 1500 meter race, setting a new school and personal record
with a time of 3:42.56. That time eclipsed the previous UNF
record by over three seconds and currently stands as the best
time in the A-Sun and the sixth-best in the NCAA East Region.
Harris also broke records of his own over the weekend, setting
a new mark in the high jump competition. The sophomore became
the first Osprey competitor to eclipse the seven foot mark with
a leap of 2.15 meters. Harris finished third in the event and
his performance ranks as the eighth-best height in the NCAA
East Region this season.
JACKSONVILLE -- North Florida men's track and field standouts
Nick Morken and Fynn Timm
broke a pair of school records in leading a strong day of performances.
The Ospreys had athletes competing Friday at both the Florida
Relays in Gainesville and the Spikes Classic in Daytona Beach.
Competing at the prestigious Florida
Relays, Morken, a sophomore, bettered the 13-year old 1,500m
record by three seconds, posting a personal best time of 3:42.56.
Timm, a freshman, raced to a time of 8:55.98 in the
3,000m Steeplechase topping the previous mark set in 1987 by
almost three seconds.
"Nick and Fynn both had outstanding performances,"
said head coach Jeff Pigg. "Both of their times should
have them solidly qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary. Nick's
time in the 1,500m is equivalent to running a sub-four minute
mile and was a career best for him by over three seconds. Fynn's
time was seven seconds faster than he'd ever ran as well."
Sophomore Tyler Stahl ran a personal best 3:50 in the 1,500m
and sophomore Brad Hort recorded a 15:08.79 in the 5000m on
At the Spikes Classic hosted by Embry-Riddle, freshman Logan
Poteet ran a personal record 3:53 in the 1,500m to finish second
in the event while Wesley Norton was fifth in the event at 3:59.40.
Manny Velasquez won the 3,000m Steeplechase in his outdoor debut
with a time of 9:36.36 while junior Michael Damato finished
third in 14:48.11 in the 5,000m. Senior Desmond Robb qualified
for the 200m finals after sprinting to a time of 21.81 in the
Competition at both the Florida Relays and Spikes Classic concludes
with a final day of events on Saturday.
MACON, Ga. - North Florida's Nick Morken returned to the track
for the first time this season, while Kennesaw State's Andre
Dorsey continued his dominant start to the outdoor season, both
claiming Atlantic Sun Men's Track and Field weekly awards, announced
Wednesday by the league office.
Nick Morken competed in his first action of the year after
missing the cross country and indoor track and field seasons
for the Ospreys, and made an immediate impact for UNF, winning
the 1500m title at the UNF Spring Break Invitational. The sophomore's
time of 3:46.04 ranks as the fastest in the A-Sun by five seconds
and is currently the ninth-best time for the event in the NCAA.
"It was a great opening meet for Nick," said head
coach Jeff Pigg. "After redshirting indoors and cross country,
he is very hungry to compete. He is also very well prepared
and it should be a great year for him outdoors."
Morken is next scheduled to compete in the 1,500m event this
Friday (Apr. 1) at the prestigious Florida Relays in Gainesville,
JACKSONVILLE -- Personal records and event titles highlighted
a strong opening to the outdoor season for the North Florida
men's track and field team Friday in the UNF Spring Break Invitational
at Hodges Stadium. The Ospreys claimed three event titles in
their annual home event.
Sophomore Bobby Harris got his outdoor season started well
by claiming the high jump event title with a jump of 6-11.75,
which equals his program record mark. Sophomore
Nick Morken made a splash in his season debut posting a personal
best time of 3:46 to earn the 1,500m title. Freshman
Fynn Timm rounded out the event champions by earning the 3,000m
Steeplechase crown in a time of 9:08.
Other standout performances in the outdoor opener included
Desmond Robb's near personal best 48.10 in the 400m, Tyler Stahl's
personal best 3:51 in the 1,500m and personal records for both
Taylor Sumapang (1:53.04) and Rayford James (1:53.70) in the
"We were fortunate with the weather to be able to get
today's competition in," said head coach Jeff Pigg. "It's
exciting to see such a large group of athletes at the meet and
even more exciting to see our team have some outstanding performances
to start the outdoor season. We have a lot of kids on our team
that have worked hard to build a solid base and want to continue
raising the level and I felt like we saw some great things today.
"Bobby had a tremendous start to the outdoor season and
that jump really positions him well moving forward in the season.
I was really proud of how Nick came out and had such a strong
performance. He felt great and looked great and it was a nice
way to get the season started for him as well. Finn had an impressive
debut in the steeplechase and our crew in the 800m was really
solid. It was exciting to see Desmond run a time that was almost
right at where he ended last season, which says a lot about
the work he has put in."
North Florida makes a quick return to action as the Ospreys
will compete in the Florida Relays next weekend (Apr. 1-2) in
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The USTFCCCA released its weekly Regional
Cross Country Top 15 rankings with both North Florida teams
remaining listed as the Osprey men moved up one spot to fourth
and the women's squad was 12th.
The men's team is coming off a strong showing over the weekend
where they edged then No. 3 Florida to claim the title at the
Mt. Dew Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. Junior Michael Damato
finished second and paced a group of five runners to finish
in the Top 11. Damato posted a personal best time of 24:57 on
the 8k course.
"We had a very solid weekend," said head coach Jeff
Pigg. "Mike Damato, Brad Hort and Tyler Bennett continue
to run very well at the top of our lineup. Tyler Stahl was our
fourth runner and he is progressing very well. Senior Justin
Bryan rounded out our Top 5 with a good run closely followed
by Manuel Velasquez. The top guys ran well for us in Gainesville.
We rested freshman Logan Poteet, who was our fourth runner in
the home opener. We are also progressing
slowly with sophomore Nick Morken. He will be an impact runner
for us, but being a mile based runner, we are being careful
with him so that he will be his strongest at the end of the
season. Freshman Fynn Timm ran the meet as a tempo
to get a feel for competition and now we will begin to really
pick up his paces as we move into the competion phase of the
season. Our team culture is good, the depth is strong and our
guys are working together very well."
On the women's side, sophomore Eden Meyer continues to lead
an improving group of runners. The Ospreys earned a runner-up
finish over the weekend at the Mt. Dew Invitational placing
a trio of runners in the Top 16.
"Eden ran another very good race," added Pigg. "Lauren
Gonzalez is closing in on the next level and freshman Audrey
Carpenter has been running very well. Vanessa Philbert, normally
an 800m runner in track, was in our Top 5 after posting a huge
PR. It will be exciting to see how fast she can run a 5K by
the end of the season."
Both North Florida teams will have a week off from competition
before returning to action on Oct. 3 at the Greater Louisville
Classic in Louisville, Ky.
JACKSONVILLE -- The North Florida track and field program concluded
its hosting duties for another successful and exciting NCAA
Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary on Saturday highlighted
by 18 new Hodges Stadium facility records and featuring a school
record four Osprey qualifiers.
The quartet of UNF athletes qualified
for this year's East Prelim included a trio of freshmen -- Nick
Morken (800m), Bobby Harris (High Jump) and Eden Meyer (10,000m)
-- along with senior standout Elle Baker (3,000m Steeplechase).
The group of four Osprey participants equalled the program benchmark
established in 2011.
The 2015 event marked the second consecutive season that Hodges
Stadium has served as the host site for the opening round of
the NCAA Championships. North Florida will host the prelim again
next season (2016) and also hosted the event in 2012.
"Having the opportunity to host an NCAA event on your
home track is a tremendous honor," said head coach Jeff
Pigg. "The UNF Athletics staff always does a great job
of hosting events and this year was no different. We also appreciate
the support from the University administration, our sponsors
and supporters around the city and the Jacksonville community.
I really feel like having four of our athletes participating
in the event this year created a new level of excitement for
our program and we are already looking forward to next year's
JACKSONVILLE -- North Florida freshmen
standouts Nick Morken and Eden Meyer capped
off their stellar debut collegiate campaigns with solid showings
on the opening day of competition in the NCAA Outdoor Track
& Field East Preliminary at Hodges Stadium.
Morken, a Niceville, Fla, native,
finished seventh in his heat (37th overall) of the 800m in the
third fastest time of his career running a time of 1:49.90.
He ended his rookie season as one of the most decorated runners
in program history having claimed the Most Outstanding Freshman
Performer in both the Atlantic Sun Indoor and Outdoor Championships
along with posting the league's fastest outdoor times in both
the 800m and 1,500m this season.
A Jacksonville native, Meyer concluded her inagural season
with a 31st place finish in the 10,000m, running a time of 35:30.61.
Her time was the third fastest of her career.
"It was a great year for both of these athletes,"
said head coach Jeff Pigg. "We are so proud of what they
did and accomplished. They are definitely part of a solid foundation
to build our program on. Eden and Nick
are focused and driven to do what they need to do to get back
here and continue to grow and improve next year. Overall I'm
extremely excited of how they both competed tonight. Having
them compete at the NCAA Prelim on our home track also makes
this event much more fun for our team, staff and fans."
North Florida's program record tying four athlete contingency
continues competition at the NCAA East Preliminary on Friday
with senior Elle Baker running in the 3000m steeplechase (8:50
p.m.) and freshman Bobby Harris competing in the high jump (5:00
MACON, Ga. -- North Florida's Nick
Morken was named the 2015 Atlantic Sun Most Outstanding Freshman
Male Performer for Outdoor Track after another standout performance
at the recently concluded conference championship meet.
Morken shined in his first A-Sun Outdoor
Championship and was a unanimous vote for the honor. The Niceville,
Fla. native used late kicks in the 800-meter and 1500-meter
events to earn two golds at the Championship. Morken, the highest-scoring
freshman of the A-Sun Championship, also helped lead the 4x400m
relay squad to a fourth place finish. The UNF freshman is just
the second Osprey to win the award in program history after
David Shepherd won in 2011. He is also the first UNF male to
claim both the indoor and outdoor outstanding perfomer honors.
"Nick has made such a nice transition
to college running," said head coach Jeff Pigg. "Obviously
he is talented and his hard work and clean living yield consistent
top notch results. He is a wholesome kid with a nose for the
finish line. I am thrilled to coach him here at UNF."
Morken qualified in the 800m to participate
in the NCAA East Preliminary this week at Hodges Stadium. He
will be joined by teammates Bobby Harris (High Jump), Eden Meyer
(10,000m) and Elle Baker (3,000m Steeplechase) in attempting
to advance to the NCAA Championship meet in Eugene, Ore.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A quartet of North Florida track
and field student-athletes qualified to compete in the upcoming
NCAA East Preliminary at UNF's Hodges Stadium. The Ospreys earning
bids included senior Elle Baker and
freshmen Nick Morken, Eden Meyer and Bobby Harris.
The four qualifiers matches the North Florida Division I program
record set in 2011, with the two men's participants marking
a UNF program record.
"With us being the host of the event, having more athletes
qualified brings an even greater level of excitement to the
program and Hodges Stadium," said head coach Jeff Pigg.
"We have four very deserving athletes and also had several
other athletes that were hopeful of qualifying. We are looking
forward to next week and looking forward to a rewarding meet."
Baker will be making a return to the NCAA East Prelim in the
women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, after participating in the
event last year. Baker qualified for the steeplechase with a
personal record of 10:19.69, the 36th ranked time in the East
Region this year.
"Elle qualified last year and has been on a mission all
year long to come back and run even better," added Pigg.
Meyer, a native of Jacksonville, looks to wrap up her solid
freshman campaign by competing in the 10,000m. She is coming
off a gold medal performance in the event at last week's Atlantic
Sun Championship and posted the region's 36th fastest time (34:47.11)
in earning her spot in the NCAA Prelims.
The highest scoring male freshman
at last week's Atlantic Sun Championship, Morken hopes to cap
his stellar rookie season with a strong performance in the 800m.
Morken's personal best time of 1:49.35 allowed him to post the
East Region's 43rd best time.
Harris enters the NCAA Prelim as the highest ranked Osprey,
posting the East Region's 13th best mark of 2.13m (6'11.75")
en route to claiming the Atlantic Sun gold medal in the high
jump. The mark was not only a personal best but also a school
"I'm very proud of each of our
freshman qualifiers," Pigg said. "All three of them
have had outstanding seasons and worked hard to earn this opportunity."
The NCAA East Preliminary Round will take place May 28-30.
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JACKSONVILLE -- The North Florida men's track and field team
posted the program's best finish at the Atlantic Sun Outdoor
Championships on Saturday at Hodges Stadium, finishing second
with 139 points.
Freshman sensation Nick Morken tallied
a pair of gold medal performances in the 800m and 1,500m.
Fellow freshman Bobby Harris claimed the high jump title with
a school record mark and sophomore Caleb Collins earned the
triple jump crown to lead a strong performance for the Ospreys.
In addition to the four event titles, UNF also saw sprinters
Jacoby Hadden (100m & 200m), Desmond Robb (400m) and Kyle
Crompton (400m Hurdles) all post silver medal performances on
Saturday. The Osprey's 4x100m relay team also raced to a silver
medal finish in a school record time of 40.94.
Other athletes scoring points for North Florida on Saturday
included: Josh Tracey finishing 5th in 200m, Taylor Sumapang
was 4th in the 800m, Manny Velasquez (4th) and Tyler Stahl (5th)
in the 1500m and Stephen Krupa finished 5th in high jump.
"First of all want to say how proud I am of the UNF Athletic
staff for again putting on a tremendous meet," said head
coach Jeff Pigg. "We got lots of compliments from the other
coaching staffs and also saw some great performances. I am especially
proud of how our kids competed and it felt like everytime they
were presenting medals we had a North Florida kid on the podium,
so that was exciting to be a part of. We had a lot of kids run
their best career times or best times of the season or beat
people they weren't supposed to, which allowed them to finish
the year on a high note and head come feeling good."
"Nick Morken was outstanding
again," Pigg added. "The real story with him is that
he's not only a great runner with a good kick, but he's an even
better kid that works hard and does all the right things and
that's what really makes him good. He brings it every day and
won some really exciting races against strong competitors.
Bobby's high jump performance was fantastic and really helped
him move up the regional standings list so that's exciting to
see. Winning the event over the league's best jumpers is really
hard to put into words how good he was today. A lot of our sprinters
did a great job today but especially the efforts of Jacoby and
Desmond. I am really proud of them. It was also awesome to see
Caleb come into the triple jump as the favorite and then take
care of his business and win the event because sometimes that
is a hard role to fill."
"Overall, just really proud of the second place finish
because that's a reflection of a true team effort. We needed
everybody's contributions to achieve that goal and we got strong
performances across the board from all the different areas so
that was a pretty cool thing to see."
North Florida as a team has completed competition but several
individual athletes are in the hunt to participate in the NCAA
East Preliminary on May 28-30 at Hodges Stadium and will find
out their fates early this coming week.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the seventh consecutive year, North
Florida's Hodges Stadium and the UNF track and field teams will
serve as the hosts for the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Track and Field
Championships beginning Friday morning.
Competition in the two-day event will not only crown team champions
for both men and women but also decide individual conference
title holders in 42 events. Friday's competition begins at 9
a.m. with four events in the women's heptathlon followed at
9:30 a.m. by half of the men's decathlon events. Individual
field events will begin at 3:30 p.m. with running events scheduled
for a 7 p.m. start. On Saturday, the remainder of the decathlon
events will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the conclusion of heptathlon
competition at 10 a.m. Field events will begin at 3 p.m. and
running finals will start at 5 p.m.
"It is always a tremendous honor and opportunity for us
to host the Atlantic Sun Championship," said UNF head coach
Jeff Pigg. "It is a great deal of work to host, but our
staff works well together. It is also fantastic that our athletes
have the chance to compete at home for conference titles. The
Hodges Stadium track facility is top notch, which allows all
the athletes to perform at their highest level."
The UNF men's team enters the championship meet with high hopes.
The Ospreys are looking to build on their program best second-place
finish at the indoor championships earlier this year. Freshman
standout Nick Morken owns the fastest time in the conference
in a pair of events heading into the weekend with hopes of qualifying
for NCAA Regionals. North Florida's high jump duo
of Bobby Harris and Stephen Krupa look to battle for a title
while Caleb Collins has been a consistent threat in the horizontal
jumps this year. A quartet of Osprey sprinters will also challenge
for event championships in the meet.
Seniors Elle Baker and Alessandra Valdes look to pace the Ospreys
in their quest for a top finish in the event. Both runners have
posted times at the top or near the top in the conference this
year. In addition, freshman long distancer Eden Meyer looks
to continue her solid debut season. High jumpers Emily Miller
and Alyssa Young hope to be in the hunt for a crown while the
Osprey sprinting and middle distance corps will provide the
squad with ample opportunities for success.
"Both teams have had good outdoor seasons," added
Pigg. "We are excited about competing this weekend and
are focused on performing at a high level and battling for championships."
North Florida is completing its 10th season as a member of
the Atlantic Sun Conference this year. The Osprey men's best
A-Sun outdoor track finish was fourth last season while the
women's top showing was a runner-up finish in 2011. The UNF
women also own a trio of third-place finishes at the event.
Following the Atlantic Sun Championship, Hodges Stadium will
serve as the host facility for the NCAA East Preliminary, the
opening round of the NCAA Championships, on May 28-30.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The North Florida track and field teams
wrapped up their pre-championship meet schedule with some solid
performances at the East Region Preview held on Friday at UNF's
A new school record in the 4x100m
relay and another strong 800m showing by freshman Nick Morken
paced the men's performances while Emily Miller collected
a pair of personal bests in the 100m hurdles and high jump and
sprinting duo Vernetia Irving and Raneisha Lamar flashed some
speed to highlight the women's side.
"I thought we had another solid home meet performance,"
said head coach Jeff Pigg. "It was good to have the team
out on the track and getting in final preparations for the upcoming
championship portion of the schedule. We look to be rounding
into good form."
On the men's side, Nick Morken claimed
an event title in the 800m with a time of 1:49.42, just slightly
slower than his school record clocking. In the same
race, Taylor Sumapang posted a season best mark with teammates
Rayford James and Cristian Acuna providing solid depth in the
"Nick ran another great race," added Pigg. "He
backed up his school record 800 with a win in a tough field.
It was a little different kind of race for him with a faster
pace early, but he still had a strong finsh. I was really proud
In the 1500m, Brad Hort bettered his personal record by two
seconds finishing with a time of 3:56.96. Manny Velasquez also
tallied a personal best with a 9:29.54 in winning the 3000m
The tandem of Marques Burgman, Caleb Collins, Josh Tracey and
Jacoby Hadden continued to lower the school record in the 4x100m
relay posting a time of 41.06. Their performance led a strong
showing by the sprinters.
In the field events, Bobby Harris and Stephen Krupa continued
their consistent efforts in the high jump posting marks of 2.04m
and 1.99m, respectively. Additionally, Collins notched a season
best mark in the long jump (6.95m) and Shelton McLean got close
to a personal best with a mark of 4.55m in the pole vault.
"Coach Krupa really has our jumpers in good position heading
into the Atlantic Sun Championships," Pigg said. "Shelton
is also jumping really well right now."
For the women, Irving and Lamar both tallied impressive marks
in both the 100m and 200m. Both runners clocked what would have
been personal records in the 100 but a tailwind of 4.3 prevented
them from being allowed as records. Irving raced to a time of
11.89 and Lamar finished in a time of 12.01. In the 200, Irving
ran a 25.08 and Lamar was just behind her in 25.32. The duo
also helped lead the women's 4x100m relay squad to a time of
46.76 in their first race of the season.
"Vernetia ran another strong 100 and just keeps getting
better," Pigg stated. "I thought the women's 4x100
ran really well in their season debut."
The middle distance races also produced some good showings
as Alessandra Valdes had another strong 1500m performance finishing
second at 4:28.04. Alexis Irwin collected a season best 4:36.50
in finishing just behind Valdes while several other Osprey runners
ended the event in the Top 10. Vanessa Philbert finished second
in the 800m at 2:11.14 with Dagmar Olsen running a 2:14.01 to
Pole vaulter Megan Walker posted a season best valult of 3.75m
in leading a solid performances by the UNF field athletes. Emily
Miller had a personal best in the high jump with a leap of 1.68m
to finish third while also earning a personal best with a time
of 15.07 in the 100m hurdles. Alyssa Young finished fifth in
the high jump with a mark of 1.63m.
"Megan is looking strong in the pole vault and appears
to be the favorite heading into the A-Sun Championship this
week," Pigg continued. "She had some very good attempts
in the meet and with a new pole she is looking forward to some
even better jumps. It was great to see Emily get back into her
jumping rhythm and with Alyssa, they give us a good pairing
for the conference meet."
North Florida has little time to rest at the Atlantic Sun Championships
are scheduled to for this Friday-Saturday (May 15-16) at Hodges
MACON, Ga. -- North Florida freshman
runner Nick Morken added another first to the list of his accomplishments
in his strong debut season as he was named the Atlantic Sun
Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week.
Morken, a native of Niceville, Fla.,
blazed to a UNF program record time of 1:49.35 in the 800m at
a highly competitive Tom Jones Memorial meet over the weekend.
His time was the fastest in the Atlantic Sun this season by
over four seconds and also ranked as the 34th fastest time in
the NCAA East Region.
"It is great to see Nick named the
Atlantic Sun Runner of the Week," said Osprey head coach
Jeff Pigg. "His 800 was an outstanding race, especially
for a freshman. Nick's work is paying off and his talent is
really shining through."
In addition to owning the fastest 800m
time in the conference this season, Morken has posted the league's
top 1500m time.
Morken and the rest of his North Florida
teammates will next return to competition on Friday, May 8 in
the UNF East Region Preview at Hodges Stadium.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The North Florida track and field teams
posted several personal records and marquee performances against
a highly competitive field at the Tom Jones Memorial Meet hosted
by the University of Florida.
"We had a solid meet," said head coach Jeff Pigg.
"It was a world class event featuring many world class
athletes. Not only did the field include top caliber collegiate
programs like Miami, Kentucky and Florida but also several Olympic
Federation groups representing Denmark, Ireland, Jamacia, England
and others. Overall, it was a good opportunity for our kids
to see how world class athletes compete. While at times intimidating,
the meet was also very inspiring and yielded some very good
On the men's side, freshman Nick Morken
again posted one of the highlight performances
finishing second in the 800m with a school-record time of 1:49.35.
His time also ranks 37th on the NCAA East Regional list for
this season and leads the Atlantic Sun by four seconds.
"Nick ran another great race,"
added Pigg. "The field was loaded with top notch competitors
but he kept his poise and ran an outstanding race finishing
just behind the winner by .02."
A trio of UNF runners claimed the top three spots in 3000m
steeplechase led by Bradley Langenberg's personal record time
of 9:45.55, a 35 second improvement on his previous best. Freshman
Manny Velasquez also notched a personal best with a time of
9:47.58. Both times rank among the league leaders for the season.
In the pole vault, Shelton McLean collected a new personal
record with a vault of 15'01.75" (2.02m).
Continuing her preparation for the steeplechase, senior Elle
Baker provided the highlight of the day on the women's side
after winning the 1500m with a personal best and ASun season
best time of 4:24.38.
"Elle is on a mission to qualify for the NCAA Championships,"
Pigg stated. "She ran a magnificent race today and cut
10 seconds off her personal record. She is doing a great job
of taking advantage of every opportunity to compete and improve."
Alessandra Valdes, who is rounding into top form as the season
winds down, led a solid group of UNF performers in the 800m,
finishing with a season best time of 2:10.25, just slightly
off her personal best time of 2:09.
In the women's steeplechase Kelly Hensley continues to lower
her personal record int eh event after running 11:26.03, a time
that also ranks fifth in the ASUN listings this year.
Field event performances included Alyssa Young's high jump mark
of 5'05" (1.65m), while Taylor Hollander, a member of UNF's
ASun Championship Tennis team, made her debut for the Ospreys
in track with a javelin throw of 107'03" (32.68m).
North Florida will take the week off from competition to participate
in Spring semester exams before returning to action on Friday,
May 8 in the UNF East Region Preview at Hodges Stadium.
WALNUT, Calif. -- The North Florida track and field team had
some strong performances as several of UNF's top middle and
long distance runners traveled across the country to compete
in America's premiere track event, the Mt. Sac Relays, over
"This experience really helps UNF continue to develop
our team," said head coach Jeff Pigg. "The travel,
the level of competition and the race experience are all parts
of helping our program grow."
Freshman standout Nick Morken was
one of the bright spots earning a third-place finish in the
1500m with a personal best time of 3:46.36. His performance
was the 17th fastest time in the event this season in the NCAA
"Nick raced very well against
an extremely talented field," Pigg stated. "He handled
all of the elements very well and came away with a new very
impressive personal record."
Senior Elle Baker had a solid performance for the women's side
after racing to a near personal best time of 10:31.73 in the
3000m steeplechase. Eden Meyer finished 12th in the women's
10,000m, posting a time of 34:47.11 in her first collegiate
"Elle ran a very strong race that saw her lead for a portion,"
added Pigg. "Until the final 600 meters, she was on pace
for a big personal best but faded slightly to finish. This race
taught her a lot about how to race in the upcoming East Regional
championship. Eden was amazing running in the fastest heat mostly
against professional runners. Her time puts her close the Top
35 in the East Region and was outstanding for her first race
at that distance."
Sophomore Michael Damato posted a time of 14:48.11 in the 5000m
and Brad Hort ran a 31:28.84 in his first collegiate 10,000m
for the Osprey men. For the women, Alessandra Valdes and Alexis
Irwin ran in the 1500m and posted times of 4:29.68 and 4:36.77,
respectively. Irwin's time marked a season best.
In addition to Mt. Sac, a pair of Ospreys competed in the Cal
State LA Twilight meet with Bobby Harris winning the high jump
event with a mark of 2.07m (6'09.50"), just shy of his
personal best. Stephen Krupa earned a seventh place showing
with jump of 1.92m (6'03.50").
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The North Florida men's track and field
team posted many quality performances highlighted by six school
records at the UNF Twilight at Hodges Stadium.
The recordbreakers included freshman
Nick Morken in the 800m (1:50.53), Marques Burgman
in the 110m Hurdles (14.66), Jacoby Hadden in the 200m (21.71),
Desmond Robb in 400m (48.06) and Caleb Collins in the triple
jump with a mark of 14.82 m (48'7.5"). The relay team of
Hadden, Burgman, Collins and Josh Tracey combined to set a new
record for the 4x100m finishing in a time of 41.47.
In addition, other solid performances were contributed by Kyle
Crompton in the 400m hurdles with a time of 53.56 and Michael
Damato in both the 1500m (3:57.28) and 3000m steeplechase (9:36.98).
The Bryan brothers, Justin and Jeremy, both ran strong in the
5000m finishing at 15:11.58 and 15:25.58, respectively. Hadden
nearly picked up a second school record racing to a wind-assisted
10.67 with teammate Josh Tracey close behind at 10.77.
In the field events, Shelton McLean collected the third best
mark in the ASun this season for the pole vault with a vault
of 4.55 m (14'11"), while Collins added a leap of 6.91m
(22'08") in the long jump.
Quotes from Head Coach Jeff Pigg:
"Nick (Morken) continues to run
very well. He posted a record run in the 800m which is an event
that has been very strong for UNF for over 20 years. He works
hard, lives clean and is very humble and is also very talented.
His marks of 3:47 (1500m) and 1:50 (800m) are both conference
leaders and very good especially for a freshman"
"Desmond was able to break a school record and post the
league's fastest time of the season. I know he really wanted
to break 48.00 but that time will come very soon. He keeps improving
and has helped to push teammate Cecil Rolle every day in training."
"Caleb continues to stretch out the school record in the
triple jump. His mark this weekend was the second longest in
the conference this season. He has been working hard with Coach
Krupa to refine his jumping."
"It was nice to see Justin and Jeremy Bryan running together
in the 5000. Jeremy accompanied his brother instead of running
his usual 1500m race. They worked together nicely with Justin
finishing second overall.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sending participants to both the Florida
Relays and Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic, the North Florida men's
track and field team collected several strong performances over
In Gainesville at the Florida Relays,
freshman Nick Morken continued his stellar debut season winning
his heat and posting a personal best time of 3:47 in the 1500m.
Junior teammate Jeremy Bryan also finished solid in the event
"Nick had another great race,"
said head coach Jeff Pigg. "He just continues to get better
and lead our team."
High jumpers Bobby Harris and Stephen Krupa finished first
and third, respectively, in helping lead the Ospreys at the
Spikes Classic. Harris notched a mark of 2.00m (6'6.75")
and Krupa finished with a best of 1.95m (6'04.75").
Desmond Robb matched the school outdoor record with a time
of 21.73 in the 200m and was close to a school best with a 48.35
in the 400m. Jacoby Hadden boasted solid runs in the 200m (21.75)
and 400m (49.20). In the 800m, Rayford James and Kevin Heron
both posted runs of 1:54.
Caleb Collins set a new program outdoor record in the triple
jump with a leap of 14.37m (47'01.75").
"This weekend was a great opportunity for us to get a
lot of guys the chance to compete," added Pigg. "Our
team continues to improve and have great performances as we
move through the season. We are looking forward to competing
again this Friday at home."
North Florida will next host the UNF Twilight meet this Friday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The North Florida men's track and field
team saw several school records fall including back-to-back
record setting performances in the high jump as the Ospreys
posted a solid showing in their outdoor season opener, the UNF
Spring Break Invitational at Hodges Stadium.
In the high jump, Stephen Krupa topped his own school record
jump with a mark of 2.03m (6'8") only to watch teammate
Bobby Harris just minutes later post a mark of 2.08m (6'9.75")
to set a new record. Caleb Collins established a new program
best in the triple jump with a leap of 14.20m (46'7.25")
and Jacoby Hadden bested his own 200m record after racing to
a time of 21.73.
Nick Morken, the ASun Indoor Track
& Field Outstanding Freshman, continued his stellar collegiate
debut capturing the 1,500m title with a time of 3:53.63.
He was followed in the top 10 finishers by several teammates
including Tyler Stahl (4th), Jacob Fuller (7th) and Brad Hort
(9th). Sophomore standout Michael Damato was the runner-up in
the 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 9:47.12.
"We had lots of great performances this weekend,"
said head coach Jeff Pigg. "This was a tremendous way to
open our outdoor season. I thought the athletic staff did a
wonderful job of running a great track meet. It was exciting
to watch the guys perform well and see some benefits of their
hard work. Really impressed by the performances of the high
North Florida will next compete Apr. 3-4 at the Florida Relays
in Gainesville, Fla.
MACON, Ga. -- North Florida's Nick
Morken was named the 2015 Atlantic Sun Most Outstanding Freshman
Male Performer for Indoor Track after a stellar performance
at the recently concluded conference championship meet.
Morken, a native of Niceville, Fla.,
finished the championship meet as the third highest scoring
runner overall and the top freshman scorer. He posted individual
event titles in both the 800m (1:53.60) and the Mile (4:12.34),
while also helping lead the Osprey's distance medley relay (DMR)
team to a gold medal finish in a time of 10:13.70.
During his debut indoor collegiate
season, Morken was consistently one of the squads top performers,
even posting the fastest 800m time of the year in the Atlantic
"We knew Nick would be very good
when we signed him and he has not disappointed," said head
coach Jeff Pigg. "His performance is only half of the story,
as he is just such a great kid. He is humble and unselfish.
He also makes the guys around him better through his work ethic
and the way he carries himself daily. Nick is a winner in all
phases of the college athlete definition."
Morken and the rest of his UNF teammates
now turn their attention to the Outdoor Track season which opens
for the Ospreys on Mar. 27-28 at the UNF Spring Invitational
at Hodges Stadium.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. University of North Florida men's
track and field took second and the women finished in third
as the Ospreys concluded competition at the Atlantic Sun Indoor
Track and Field Championships on Sunday. The men accumulated
121 points for their highest-ever finish at the Indoor Championships.
The women finished with 94 points and had their highest finish
since taking third in 2012.
During the last day of competition, UNF won three events to
go along with the four it won on Saturday. The men won the Mile
and the 800 meters, while the women claimed the Mile title.
Nick Morken ran away with victories
in both the 800 meters and the Mile. Morken dominated the 8000
meters, winning by almost two-and-a-half seconds. Morken clocked
a race-winning time of 1:53.60. In the Mile, Morken beat out
Northern Kentucky's JJ Webber by .65 of a second, crossing the
finish line in a time of 4:12.34.
Alessandra Valdes captured the individual title in the Mile,
running a time of 5:00.38 and winning the race by nearly one
The Ospreys begin their outdoor season in three weeks with their
own UNF Spring Break Invitational. The two-day meet is scheduled
for Mar. 27-28 at Hodges Stadium.
Coach Jeff Pigg quotes:
I am extremely proud of how well we competed on both sides.
It was a great meet for the Ospreys.
Led by 800m and Mile champion Nick
Morken the men's program recorded a program best second place
finish at the ASun Championship. Nick is talented kid with a
big heart. He loves to compete and he gives it his all. He anchored
the DMR and won both individual events in convincing style.
Jeremy Bryan and Bradly Langenburg both ran personal
best to give us three of the top six finishers in the Mile.
In the second event of the day, Alessandra Valdez won the women's
Mile with teammates Alexis Irwin (3rd) and freshman Emily Stallings
(6th) both scoring points while posting personal bests. Valdez
continued her great weekend by leading a 2-3-6 UNF finish in
the 800m. Vanessa Philbert ran a great race in the 800m also
recording a lifetime best. The mile was a great way to start
the day. Our whole team fed off of those first couple races
and we continued to compete very well and record many personal
bests and top finishes.
In the 5000m, freshman Eden Meyer ran a phenomenal race finishing
in a time of 16:55. She is such a fierce competitor and really
fun to watch race. Michael Damato ran very strong to finish
Jacoby Hadden had a great day lowering his school record in
the 60m with a second place finish followed by a third place
effort in the 200m. Jacoby really came through for us. He is
a great kid and it is thrilling to see his dreams realized on
the track. In the 400m, Desmond Robb broke the school record
placing 2nd followed closely by senior teammate Cecil Rolle
We knew our middle distance guys would run well but the sprinters
and jumpers really elevated our team to second place finish.
Highest ever for UNF
On the field side of competition, Caleb Collins collected a
second-place finish in the triple jump while Shelton McLean
was third in the pole vault. A duo of freshmen women earned
fifth and sixth place finisher in their first conference championship
meet which gives us excitement about good things to come.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Day two of competition at the Hilton
Garden Innvitational saw strong performances on both the men's
and women's sides for the North Florida Track & Field team
on the JDL Fast Track.
Freshman runner Nick Morken highlighted
the men's showing with a third-place finish in the mile with
an Atlantic Sun Conference season best time of 4:12.84.
Junior teammate Jeremy Bryan was 20th in the same event with
a time of 4:21.29. Jacoby Hadden, the current A-Sun Track Athlete
of the Week, collected a seventh-place finish with a 22.64 in
Vernetia Irving posted a Top 10 finish in the women's 200m
with a time of 25.71, while also earning a 13th-place finish
in the 60m at 7.84. In the women's mile race, Alessandra Valdes
led a quartet of solid performances for the Ospreys finishing
13th in 5:10.52 followed by Dagmar Olsen (5:11.42), Alexis Irwin
(5:14.05) and Emily Stallings (5:19.70).
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The North Florida indoor track and field
team had a solid showing on the opening day of competition at
the Hilton Garden Innvitational at JDL Fast Track on Friday.
Pole vaulter Megan Walker led the women's side with a first-place
vault of 11'05.75" (3.50m) followed by teammate Meg Simon
in second with a matching mark of 11'05.75". Men's vaulter
Shelton McLean finished second with a vault of 14'05.25"
In the sprints, a pair of Osprey men's runners qualified for
the semifinals in the 60m Hurdles (Marques Burgman, 8.32) and
the 60m (Jacoby Hadden, 6.94). Vernetia Irving also advanced
to the women's 60m Hurdle semis with a qualifying time of 7.72,
a personal best.
UNF also had several other Top 10 performances on the opening
day including: Brad Hort (15:07.72 - personal record) and Justin
Bryan (15:11.96) finishing fifth and seventh, respectively,
in the 5000m. Desmond Robb was sixth in the 400m (50.23), Bobby
Harris finished fifth in the high jump (6'05.50") and Caleb
Collins was seventh in the long jump (22'08.50"). Freshman
Nick Morken raced to a fourth place finish in the 800m with
an ASun season best time of 1:53.33.
On the women's side Emily Miller finished fifth in the high
jump with a leap of 5'05.75" while the trio of Dagmar Olsen
(2:15.05), Alessandra Valdes (2:15.08) and Vanessa Philbert
(2:15.78) finished fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively, in
Freshman Eden Meyer, making her indoor track debut, earned
a heat victory in the women's 3000m with a time of 9:59. Michael
Damato bettered his personal record in the men's 3000m to finish
17th in a time of 8:33.34.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Following a strong indoor season debut,
the North Florida track and field teams continue their campaign
in the Hilton Garden Innvitational at the JDL Fast Track facility.
The Ospreys sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers collected several
school records and event championships at last week's Jimmy
Carnes Invitational and capped the performance by having a trio
of athletes - Jacoby Hadden, Bobby Harris and Emily Miller -
earn weekly accolades from the Atlantic Sun Conference.
This week the middle distance and distance runners look to
help build on their teammates successes against an elite level
field in Winston-Salem.
"This weekend's meet features some very good athletes,"
said head coach Jeff Pigg. "The level of competition should
bring out some great performances from our UNF athletes. It
is exciting to have the our cross country runners getting into
track competition for the first time this year."
Those athletes making their season debuts this weekend include
Alessandra Valdes and Dagmar Olsen in both the 800m and Mile.
Vanessa Philbert will join them in the 800m, while Alexis Irwin
races for the first time this season in the Mile. All-Conference
Cross Country performers Eden Meyer and Elle Baker along with
Lauren Gonzalez will race the 3,000m as preparation for running
the 5,000m later this season.
Freshman Nick Morken races in his
first collegiate 800m race after a strong showing in the Mile
last weekend. Cross country standout Michael Damato
along with Jacob Fuller and Jeremy Bryan will all compete in
both the 3,000m and the Mile. The trio of Brad Hort, Justin
Bryan and Tyler Bennett are set to compete in the 5,000m this
In addition, UNF will look to have strong performances in the
sprints, hurdles, jumps and vault as the squad continues to
build towards the Atlantic Sun Conference championships, which
will be held at the same JDL Fast Track facility.
"Not only is this weekend's meet a great opportunity for
the team to comepte at the same facility as the A-Sun Championship
will be held next month," added Pigg. "But it also
allows the sprinters and hurdlers to have the chance to compete
on back-to-back days, which is similar to how the conference
meet will be."
The Hilton Garden Innvitational marks the final tune-up for
the North Florida track and field teams before the conference
championship meet on Feb. 28-Mar.1.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Following a 20-week wait, the North Florida
track and field team got back into competition Friday at the
Jimmy Carnes Invitational Meet in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
The Jimmy Carnes marked the opening of the Osprey's indoor season
Things started off impressively in the high jump as freshman
Bobby Harris broke the program's indoor school record with a
jump of 2.08m (6'-09.75") to claim a second place finish.
On the women's side, freshman Emily Miller continued the strong
showing after earning the top spot with a personal record jump
of 1.70m (5'-07"). Fellow freshman Alyssa Young followed
up in second place at 1.60m (5'-03").
In the pole vault, junior Megan Walker posted a first-place
finish following a vault of 3.45m (11'-03.75")
Sophomore sprinters, Darius Vanblount and Marques Burgman,
both qualified for the 55m hurdle finals. Burgman clocked a
new school record of 7.66 in the finals finishing fourth with
Vanblount following in fifth at 7.81.
Jacoby Hadden broke a pair of school records after running
a 6.43 in the 55m and a 21.96 in the 200m.
In the women's 55m, Vernetia Irving advanced to the finals
after posting a personal best 7.19.
The men's mile, saw freshman Nick
Morken open his collegiate track career with a bang, placing
first in a time of 4:12. Junior Alexis Irwin also
brought home some hardware after finishing second in the women's
mile with a time of 5:10.87.
The Ospreys swept the 800m races with sophomore Vanessa Philbert
topping the women's field in a time of 2:15 and junior Brandon
Coombs taking the men's crown with a time of 1:54.
Sophomore Desmond Robb took first-place in the Open 400m in
49.68, while teamming with Coombs, Taylor Sumapang and Cecil
Rolle to win the 4x400m relay in a time of 3:21.42. The women's
4x400m squad of Younker, Tayler Johnson, Philbert, and Hallie
Grimes also looked solid in the season opener finishing second
North Florida continues indoor competition next weekend sending
an elite squad to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Hilton Garden
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The North Florida men's and women's track
and field squads start competition in their indoor season on
Friday at the 8th annual Jimmy Carnes hosted by the Gainesville
Sports Commission in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
The meet features both collegiate and youth competitions over
a two-day span beginning with the Open/University events on
Friday. The Jimmy Carnes is the first of two regular season
indoor meets on the UNF schedule before the Atlantic Sun Championship
on Feb. 28-Mar.1.
Open / University/Master (Friday, January 23)
9:00am Women's Pentathlon, Weight Throw (W followed by M)
10:00am High Jump (Men Only)
11:00am Long Jump (W followed by M), Pole Vault (W followed
by M), High Jump (Women Only)
11:00am 55m Hurdles (W-M) PRELIM
11:30am 55m Dash (W, M) PRELIM
12:30pm 55m Hurdles (M-W)
12:50pm 55m Dash (W, M)
1:20pm 1 Mile (W, M)
2:00pm 400m Dash (W, M)
2:00pm Shot Put (W followed by M), Triple Jump (W followed by
2:45pm 800m Run (W, M)
3:30pm 200m Dash (W, M)
4:15pm 3000m Run (W, M)
5:15pm 4x400m Relay (W, M)
5:30pm DMR Relay (W, M)
Head Coach Jeff Pigg's Comments on start of Indoor Season:
"After finishing the most successful cross country season
in UNF history, the track teams are very excited to begin competing.
While many of the distance runners will only run in the two
scheduled indoor meets, our sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers
are very anxious to begin competing after 20 weeks of preparation.
The returners are looking to build on last year's performances
while the freshman are anxious to begin their college careers.
This first competition in the UNF jersey will be a very exciting
"The mens 800 meter runners will
also open their season in Gainesville. Freshmen Nick Morken,
Rayford James and Kevin Heron all ran very well in high school
with tranfer Brandon Coombs and returners Costa Stathis, Taylor
Sumagpang and Christian Acuna hoping to provide improvement
in the middle distance results during the indoor season. In
the women's 800m, transfer Dagmar Olsen and 2014 Atlantic Sun
runner-up Vanessa Philbert are set to run some great races for
the Ospreys in 2015."
|10/31/2014 9:00:00 AM
DeBARY, Fla. -- The North Florida men's cross country team
seeks its first Atlantic Sun Conference championship Saturday
morning at 9:30 a.m., at River City Nature Park.
The Ospreys, currently ranked No. 6 in the latest USTFCCCA
South Region poll, have finished top three in four of their
five races this season including a pair of team championships.
UNF's best finish at the conference meet was a tie for third
"This is a very excited group and we cannot wait to get
to the Atlantic Sun Championship meet this weekend," said
head coach Jeff Pigg. "We have been waiting all year long
for this weekend and our development as the season progressed
indicates that we should be in the hunt for a title. This season
has been very enjoyable and what makes it better is that we
continue to improve even this late in the season. Our group
of young guys is putting things together."
Sophomore Michael Damato, an All-Atlantic Sun and All-Freshman
honoree last season, leads the UNF lineup. Damato has been the
squad's top finisher in every race he's competed in this season
and owns a trio of Top 10 overall showings this year. He clocked
a personal best time of 24:59.23 at the Mt. Dew Invitational.
"Mike Damato has been so consistent as our front runner,"
Pigg stated. "He showed up here very prepared following
a great summer of training."
The freshmen duo of Tyler Bennett and
Nick Morken have provided the Ospreys with strong performances
near the top of the lineup. Morken has been among the squad's
top three performers in every race including a team top showing
at the Hatter Invitational, a race run on the same course as
this weekend's race. He owns a personal best time of 25:10.79,
run at the Mt. Dew Invitational, while Bennett's
best time also came at the Mt. Dew in 25:02.51. Bennett has
been UNF's number two runner in each of the last four races.
"Tyler Bennett and Nick Morken
have had very stong freshmen campaigns," added Pigg. "They
both possess a nice combination of talent backed by desire,
which has them running very well. Neither of them go into a
race 'hoping to be good', they plan to be good. Tyler and Nick
bring such a winning attitude to our group and it has helped
us navigate our way to higher levels of performance."
Sophomore transfer Brad Hort and junior twins Jeremy and Justin
Bryan have provided both leadership and strong depth for the
squad. Hort has consistently been the team's fourth finisher
in races and raced a season best time of 25:22.28 at the Mt.
Dew Invitational. The Bryans also collected personal best marks
at the Mt. Dew with Justin finishing in 25:34.56 and Jeremy
clocking a 25:44.19.
"Brad Hort, a transfer from the University of Georgia,
has been very nice addition to the team," continued Pigg.
"He works hard and he wants to win. Brad was a Footlocker
finalist in high school and is in the early stages of a great
career here at UNF. Justin and Jeremy continue to be very consistent
with their work and detail oriented practices. They were counted
on heavily last season and now with some other help up front
they have less pressure and more opportunity. We are expecting
to see a great race from both of them this weekend."
Rounding out the lineup for the Ospreys this weekend will be
senior Jacob Fuller and a pair of freshmen, Tyler Stahl and
Wesley Norton. This trio has been a solid group that has helped
push UNF top finishes this season. Fuller posted a personal
best time of 25:51.83 at the Upstate Invitational earlier this
month while Stahl ran a personal best 26:14.45 at the Mt. Dew
Invitational. Norton, a Jacksonville native and Stanton Prep
product, also posted his best time at the Mt. Dew finishing
"Jacob Fuller continues to show signs that he is very
fit," Pigg concluded. "If he races like he has practiced,
then this weekend he will be a top five runner for us. Tyler
Stahl and Wesley Norton have done a very nice job to put themselves
into our top nine and on the list to compete at the A-Sun Championship
as freshmen. These guys are gaining valuable experience and
really add to our winning environment."
After competing Saturday in the Atlantic Sun Championship,
North Florida turns its attention to the NCAA South Regional
in Tallahassee, Fla., on Nov. 14.
|10/17/2014 11:00:00 PM
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- In a field filled with regionally ranked
programs, the South Region No. 8 North Florida men's cross country
team captured a fifth-place showing in the challenging Crimson
Classic on Alabama's Harry Pritchett Course.
UNF concluded the race with 165 points, finishing ahead of
South Region No. 6 ranked Alabama, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 13
Samford, No. 14 Mississippi State and South Central No. 6 Stephen
Sophomore Michael Damato notched his fourth consecutive top
runner performance for the Ospreys finishing 11th in an 8k time
of 25:28.77. The freshman duo of Tyler
Bennett and Nick Morken joined him in the Top 25 after
finishing 18th (25:38.33) and 21st (25:41.36), respectively.
"It was an outstanding performance by our very young men's
program," said UNF head coach Jeff Pigg. "Michael
Damato continues to run well. He is gaining experience and gets
closer to the front in every race. He is becoming a very good
leader day in and day out. Tyler and Nick
had fantastic showings as freshmen. These guys are just getting
started with what we expect to be great careers. Our
top three really hit it today. Justin and Jeremy Bryan have
been practicing great and that began to show through in this
Sophomore Brad Hort led a solid second wave of Osprey runners
finishing with a time of 26:18.22 (55th) followed closely by
juniors Justin Bryan (26:27.68) and Jeremy Bryan (26:28.46).
Senior Jacob Fuller rounded out the UNF top seven finishing
in a time of 26:44.00.
A trio of freshman wrapped up the group of competitors for
the Ospreys as Tyler Stahl posted a time of 26:56.84, Wesley
Norton finished in 27:31.01 and Bradley Langenberg clocked a
time of 27:52.37.
Having concluded its regular season race schedule, North Florida
now turns its attention to the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship
on Nov. 1 in Deland, Fla.
"This was a nice race to have leading into the conference
meet in two weeks," added Pigg. "It leaves us confident
and hungry for another race."
|10/6/2014 4:34:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The North Florida cross country programs
continue to garner national attention for their strong performances
as both the men's and women's teams made moves in the latest
USTFCCCA Regional Rankings.
"As the season goes along, I believe the rankings become
more accurate due to amount of head-to-head competitions and
common opponents," said UNF head coach Jeff Pigg. "We
are definitely pleased with the direction that both teams are
The UNF men climbed two spots up to 8th in the South Region
following their third-place showing at the Upstate Invitational
over the weekend. Meanwhile, the Osprey women marked a return
to the polls at 14th after posting a runner-up performance at
Upstate. The women held the No. 11 spot in the South Region
"Our young guys on the men's team continue to compete
at a good level," stated Pigg. "Several of them are
still making the adjustment to the collegiate 8k race as well
as college life in general. Michael Damato has done a good job
of leading this group and he is running very well and looks
to keep getting better. Our freshman are gaining confidence
each race and even with each training session. Nick
Morken, Tyler Bennett and Tyler Stahl have developed as
the season progresses and transfer Brad Hort seems to have found
a home here at UNF. With consistent training, he has
run very well and shown continued improvement as we go through
the schedule. I'm also pleased with the running of our returners,
Jacob Fuller and both Jeremy and Justin Bryan. We have established
a good routine and everybody is looking forward to the races
ahead. By nature the sport is more an individual competition,
but our focus has been to work together and we have discovered
that by doing that great things can happen.
"Our women's team is getting closer to having all of the
girls 100 percent healthy on the same weekend," Pigg added.
"Freshman Eden Meyer has been a good leader for us, while
seniors Elle Baker and Alessandra Valdez are finally both healthy
and feeling good. Andelka Tancis was sick last week, but has
still run very well all season. Alyssa Brandt and Alexis Irwin
have gotten stronger and I believe have great races coming soon.
Newcomer Dagmar Olsen is a very good runner that ran 2:07 in
the 800m late in the summer and is finally getting her cross
country base under her. I look for her to rise to the occasion
as we head to the next few meets. Overall, we have been solid
but all of the girls realize that the teams better days lie
ahead in the next few weeks."
North Florida next competes on Oct. 17 at the Crimson Classic
in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The field at the event looks to feature
a strong collection of regionally ranked program.
"We are looking forward to our next meet at Alabama because
we will be facing the best competition of the season thus far."
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The USTFCCCA South Region No. 10-ranked
North Florida men's cross country team continued their strong
2014 campaign earning a third-place finish Saturday at the Upstate
Sophomore Michael Damato was again the team's top performer
clocking a 25:08.84 over the 8k course layout to earn a third-place
individual showing. As a team, UNF finished with 84 points,
behind only Wake Forest (No. 11 ranked in the Southeast Region)
at 36 and No. 7 South Region ranked Georgia Tech with 54.
"Mike Damato had a very good race upfront for us,"
said UNF head coach Jeff Pigg. "Overall we felt like we
competed well. Our pack was good with just a small gap between
our first and fifth place finishers. It was a good weekend for
the UNF men."
A quartet of Osprey harriers finished less than a minute behind
Damato's strong showing to give UNF five scoring runners in
the Top 30. Freshman Tyler Bennett headed the pack in a time
of 25:38.99 to finish 15th while fellow
freshman Nick Morken was 17th at 25:42.90.
Sophomore Brad Hort ran a time of 25:46.11 in finishing 23rd
and senior Jacob Fuller posted a personal best 25:51.83 as UNF's
fifth runner in 26th. The Ospreys lineup was rounded out by
junior Jeremy Bryan in 33rd (26:27.89) and freshman Tyler Stahl
in 34th (26:28.67).
Wake Forest captured the team crown ahead of Georgia Tech and
UNF. Appalachian State finished fourth at 91 followed by Western
Carolina (175), College of Charleston (192), Winthrop (206),
USC Upstate (206), UNC Asheville (206), The Citadel (281), Newberry
(382), Lees-McRae (393), Wofford (407), Charleston Southern
(430), Pesbyterian (446).
Georgia Tech's Jeremy Greenwald was the top individual finisher
in a time of 24:58.52 with Wake Forest's Kent Garrett (25:08.32)
edged Damato at the tape by a half a second.
North Florida will have two weeks off before concluding their
regular season schedule at the Crimson Classic on Oct. 17 in
|9/23/2014 2:45:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The North Florida men's cross country continued
to climb the USTFCCCA South Region rankings with the Ospreys
moving to 10th in the latest edition of the national poll.
The Ospreys, who were previously ranked 11th, are coming off
a strong showing at the Mt. Dew Invitational last weekend in
Gainesville, Fla. UNF earned a third-place finish coming in
just behind regionally ranked teams from Florida (No. 3) and
Georgia Tech (No. 7).
"We are excited to continue moving up the rankings,"
said UNF head coach Jeff Pigg. "We ran a very competitive
race in Gainesville and were really close to Florida, who is
ranked third in the region. I'm very proud of the progress we
are making as the season goes along and we just need to continue
to work smartly and keep our focus on the opportunities that
lie ahead especially the ASun Championship. Mike
Damato is running well as expected and the influx of newcomers
like Nick Morken, Tyler Bennett and Brad Hort have added
much needed talent and depth to our lineup and made a significant
impact. The Bryan twins (Justin and Jeremy) are beginning
to round into great shape as well."
|9/20/2014 3:34:00 PM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With four runners among the Top 20 finishers,
the North Florida men's cross country team continued its strong
2014 season earning a third-place showing at the 26th annual Mt.
Dew Invitational at Florida's Mark Bostick Golf Course.
Sophomore Michael Damato led the way for Ospreys finishing
sixth in a personal record time of 24:59.23 while freshmen Tyler
Bennett was seventh in a personal best time of 25:02.51. Fellow
freshman Nick Morken also bettered his 8k mark finishing 11th
"The guys really ran well and showed that we have a strong
team," said UNF head coach Jeff Pigg. "Our newcomers
have really provided us with a boost and depth in our lineup.
The twins (Justin and Jeremy Bryan) battled some illness throughout
the week but were able to both provide solid performances. We
are working hard in training and are excited about where we
are right now as a group."
Brad Hort, a sophomore transfer from Georgia, posted his best
finish of the season at 25:22.28 to finish 15th while Justin
Bryan was 22nd in a personal best of 25:34.56. Jeremy Bryan
also posted a personal record time of 25:44.19 to finish 26th,
and sophomore Jacob Fuller rounded out the list of UNF scoring
runners with a 34th-place finish of 26:13.35,
Georgia Tech captured the team title with a score of 41 with
Florida finishing second at 51. North Florida was third with
60 points followed by Florida Gulf Coast (137), Kennesaw State
(150), South Florida (172), FIU (216), Troy (229), FAU (252),
Stetson (252), Jacksonville (297) and Florida A&M (332).
|9/6/2014 5:12:00 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- North Florida runners swept the first seven
scoring finishes as the Ospreys earned their second straight team
title at the 110% UNF Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning
at the Hayt Golf Center.
UNF finished with a team score of 15 to outdistance runner-up
finisher Stetson (70 points).
Sophomore Michael Damato, making his season debut, led the
Osprey's strong performance clocking a time of 15:45.24 over
the 5K course. Damato was followed closely by freshmen teammates
Tyler Bennett (15:46.02) and Nick Morken
(15:46.30) with sophomore Brad Hort (15:57.61), juniors
Jeremy Bryan (15:59.27) and Justin Bryan (16:00.86) and sophomore
Jacob Fuller (16:12.85) rounding out the scoring finishers for
"The team ran well today," said head coach Jeff Pigg.
"We were excited to have a strong pack run up front. It
was really nice to see our freshmen and some of our other newcomers
continue to run well. It was good to have Mike Damato back after
missing last week's race due to not feeling well. We feel good
about where our team is right now. They are working hard and
they want to be good and it is nice to see the work they put
in over the summer starting to pay off for them. It was a great
morning filled with a lot of excitement on a really good cross
Former UNF runner and defending event champion Chris Haynes,
who raced unattached, was the top finisher crossing the finish
line in 15:42.32.
Webber International finished third in the collegiate team
standings with a score of 80 followed by Jacksonville (87) and
Edward Waters (127). In the boy's prep race, Creekside High
claimed the team title with a score of 27 points.
|8/30/2014 3:00:00 PM
DeLAND, Fla. -- Bolstered by four runners finishing in the Top
10, the North Florida men's cross country team opened the 2014
season with a meet championship at the Hatter Invitational on
The Ospreys finished with a meet best
score of 36 highlighted by true freshman Nick Morken's fourth
place showing in a time of 26:50.90 on the 8K course at River
City Nature Park.
"This was a very good opening performance for the men's
team," said head coach Jeff Pigg. "Our plan for the
race worked well and I was really pleased with the performance
of our entire team. I was proud of our incoming runners and
felt like they really gave our team a boost. Overall it was
a great morning for us."
Joining Morken among the top 10 finishers on Saturday, junior
Justin Bryan claimed a sixth-place showing in 27:02.28 while
freshman Tyler Bennett was 7th (27:14.96) and sophomore Brad
Hort was 8th (27:23.26). Sophomore Jacob Fuller clocked a time
of 27:32.79 in finishing 11th followed by freshman Tyler Stahl
in 18th (27:55.56) and sophomore Scott Simpson in 24th (29:40.81)
UNF edged preseason Atlantic Sun favorite Lipscomb for the
team crown with the Bisons tallying a score of 43. Florida Gulf
Coast was third with a score of 44 followed by Stetson (122)
and Bethune-Cookman (126).
North Florida next races on Sept. 6 in their lone home event
of the season, the 110% UNF Cross Country Invitational at the
Hayt Golf Center on the UNF campus.
Niceville's Morken, Howell
share Large School Track Athlete of the Year
here for article
By SETH STRINGER / Daily New
Photo by NICK TOMECEK / Daily News
|May 31, 2014
NICEVILLE Thomas Howell the man, the myth, the legend
of Nicevilles long-distance running scene for the last four
years is more than a bit peeved.
This is typical Nick, the University of Florida-bound
senior says of his senior pal, Nick Morken, who is now more
than fashionably late for Thursdays Daily News Large School
Track Athlete of the Year photoshoot.
Five, 10, 15, 20 minutes have passed and still no Morken.
Howell has called him dozens of times, yet no answer. Then
his phone rings. Its Morken, and he explains why hes
late: He was at the track instead of in front of the school,
he left his phone at home, he didnt have his clothes prepared,
This baffles Howell, who is a seasoned pro of Athlete of the
Year interviews at this point.
How seasoned? This should be your sixth Athlete of the
Year four cross country and two track, I explain
to the three-time state champion.
His response: I wouldnt know. Actually its
his seventh if you count his 2013 Gatorade Runner of the Year
Morken finally shows up without a medal. Howell has all nine
(six track, three cross country) of his.
Fittingly, their differences in punctuality speak volumes
of their disparate rises in the long-distance running game.
A league of his own
When Howell posted a 15:56 at the state cross county meet
to medal in sixth as just a freshman, the Sunshine State was
put on notice. Ever since, Howell now standing a lean
5-foot-10, 140 pounds has blazed a path of medals.
In cross country, he has placed sixth, fourth and first at
state, his mountaintop moment coming as a junior. In track,
he ran away with the 3,200-meter state title as a junior and
was a part of the 4x800 relay championship effort this year
alongside Morken, Jack Massey and Tripp Davis. All told, he
has nine medals.
And the latest may be his most prized.
Weve always wanted to win as a team, said
Howell, who ran the second leg of the relay effort that produced
a first-place time of 7:50.56. Its a really big
victory for us. Weve been working together and pushing
each other since early in our careers for this moment.
Howell also finished second in the 3,200 with a time of 9:11.07,
putting a close to a prep career that will take him to the University
of Florida this fall.
UF is getting an awesome guy, an awesome athlete and
theyre getting a really good teammate, Morken said.
Im proud of him and Im really looking forward
to seeing what he can do at the next level.
Added Howell, Im just looking forward to the opportunity
of improving academically and athletically. There are just so
many things that can happen. Its a good feeling to know
that change is coming and a new adventure is about to start.
The prestige of being a Gator comes on the heels of a record-setting
four-year tenure replete with accolades at every turn.
Not only has Howell won nine state medals, but the schools
record-holder in the 3,200 is the only Niceville athlete to
win state in two sports and capture three gold medals. The gold
medals have also produced some prized jewelry, including state
rings that cover the Niceville color spectrum: maroon, white
Looking back at his success, Howell is both nostalgic and
Its an honor to represent this town, he said.
It means a lot to me personally, but going into college
its all about to go away. Im ready to build a new
As is Morken.
Morkens meteoric rise
Morken was introduced to the long-distance running game by
Howell as a middle-schooler, and early on he showed glimpses
of that raw talent.
Yet it didnt translate into the state-wide success until
his junior campaign, when he finished third at state in cross
country and then completed a storybook comeback in the 1,600
to capture track and field state gold.
The 6-0, 145-pound senior continued the momentum into his
swan song, first setting the school record in the 5K with a
time of 15:07.57 in the prestigious FSU Invitational in Tallahassee.
Then this track season, he placed second at state in the 1,600
and was the catalyst behind the 4x800 relay crews state
title. As the anchor, Morken turned what looked to be a third-
or fourth-place finish into gold with a 1:55 800 split, which
was highlighted by him taking the lead with about 500 meters
to go and then opening it up down the final 200.
Asked about the significance of this gold compared to his
1,600, Morken said, Im a lot more proud of this
one. Ill cherish this one the most because I really wanted
us to win as a team.
Morken concludes his time at Niceville with six state medals
(five track, one cross country) and three school records: the
800, 1,600 and 5K.
And before he heads to the University of North Florida, hed
love to add one more to the list.
While the prep campaign has ended, Howell and Morken still
have one meet left before they officially transition to the
next level: the New Balance Nationals Outdoor from June 13-15
in Greensboro, N.C.
The duo will run the 4x800 alongside Massey and Davis, and
the quartet will also compete in the distance medley relay (Davis
the 400, Massey the 800, Howell the 1,200 and Morken the 1,600).
Theyll enter the latter with one goal at the forefront:
setting the school record.
Their 7:50.56 state-title time missed the school record by
.01 seconds set at state in 1998 during a third-place
Thats one of the main reasons we wanted to go to
nationals, Morken said of the record. I think we
should get it. Were just going to try and do the best
we can. Its a fun meet and I want to run one more time
with these guys before I head off to college.
Howell agrees on both accounts, but not before throwing out
the possibility of national glory.
Id love to come home with a national championship,
he said, but Id rather go in with low expectations
and enjoy our last hoorah before college.
If the record isnt meant to be, the two will bask in
the glory of sharing in their second straight Track Athlete
of the Year honor.
Its special, Morken said. Its
just another accolade to show the hard work has paid off. I
had a great support system of coaches, friends, family and teammates,
and Im really thankful to be Athlete of the Year.
Howell also took the chance to thank his support system.
Its a nice final opportunity to thank the community
for supporting us and just helping us grow through this entire
process, he said. And its another opportunity
to thank my family for always being there.
So how will the two who remain the lone athletes in
school history with two state track golds cope with running
on separate teams for the first time ever?
Oh, man, Im looking forward to it, quipped
Morken, who quickly followed, Im just kidding. Thomas
Meanwhile for Howell, the competitive fire still burns bright.
Im looking forward to the few races that we have
each season that we can compete against each other, Howell
said. That will be awesome.
Boys Large School Track and Field All-Area Team
Athletes of the Year: Thomas Howell and Nick Morken, Niceville
Tripp Davis, Niceville
Jack Massey, Niceville
Roman Spear, Navarre
Corey Bonner, FWB
Garrison Floyd, Choctaw
Davis McKinney, FWB
Trace McMullen, FWB
Trey LaNasa, FWB
Nick Monson, FWB
*Team is comprised of state-medalists
Alex Wattley, Navarre
Dominick Wolf, FWB
Christian Gill, Navarre
Caden Ewing, Niceville
Savon Amos, FWB
*Team is comprised of state qualifiers
|3/5/2014 4:00:00 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of North Florida men's and women's
track and field and cross country head coach Jeff Pigg announced
the signing of 13 student-athletes to the Ospreys' Class of 2014.
"We're definitely excited to bring in a talented class,"
said Pigg. "At the Atlantic Sun Indoor Championships, over
half our points were scored by freshmen so being able to bring
in another talented class only makes us better. We wanted to recruit
student-athletes that are good students, have good character and
have the desire to be better. Coach Aaron Kindt and our staff
worked hard and did a great job of getting ahold and recruiting
2014 Men's Signees
Nicholas Morken Distance
Niceville, Fla./Niceville High School
One Mile: 4:20.70
Noteworthy: 2013 FHSAA 3A 1600m State
2013 FHSAA 3A State Qualifier 800m
3A Region 1 1600m Champion
3rd at 2012 FHSAA 3A State Cross
2012 & 2011 Runner Up FHSAA 3A
Region 1 Cross Country Championships.
"Nicholas is one of the better runners in the state,"
said Pigg. "He was the state champion in the 1600m and
I think he's a great fit for our program."
|November 14, 2013
As the cross country season dwindled down for Niceville senior Nick
Morken so did the recruiting process. Morken announced via Twitter
Wednesday night that he had chosen the University of North Florida
over UF, South Alabama, FSU, and Ole Miss. He says he picked the
Ospreys for several reasons.
"I like where the program is heading and I like the area
of Jacksonville. They are building nice facilities and all in
all everything is looking positive over there Also, I really like
Coach Pigg's passion. He is always evolving his training philosophy
and doesn't settle. He seemed to like me for more than being an
Morken, finished third at the 2012 Cross Country Finals before
going onto win his first state title in the outdoor season with
a 4:23.79 clocking in the 1600 meters. This year he finished 24th
at the Cross Country Finals and says he wanted to make his decision
now so he could focus on the upcoming track season.
"That was very important. I also thought if I committed,
maybe it would get others to commit as well."
The Niceville standout is the second pledge to Coach Pigg's squad
in the week joining Wesley Norton of Stanton Prep. Morken says
he hopes to get more runners on board between now and National
Signing Day including Mark Robertson of Pensacola Booker T. Washington,
Tyler Bennett of Fort Myers, and the Land O'Lakes duo of Travis
Nichols and Tyler Stahl. He believes that the team has a chance
to surprise people around the southeast and is looking forward
to dawning the grey and blue.
"I am looking forward to getting out on my own and having
a great team that I can consistently train with and are closer
to my level of physical ability. UNF is getting a hard worker
and team player. If I'm the 8th man or if I'm 1st on the team
I will run my best for the squad. They will get a guy whose passionate
about the sport and will do anything to excel."
1,600 Meter Run - 4:21.82
3,200 Meter Run - 10:19.79
5,000 Meter Run - 15:07.57