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NSU Track and Field Sends a Pair to the National Championship

Seniors Eric Moate and Amira Bendrif will represent the Sharks in Charlotte, N.C.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – For the fourth time in five seasons, the Nova Southeastern University men’s and women’s track and field teams are sending student-athletes to the NCAA Division II National Championship hosted by Johnson C. Smith University at the Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, N.C. as announced by the NCAA on Tuesday afternoon.

NCAA Championships
Seniors Eric Moate and Amira Bendrif will represent the Sharks at the national championship from Friday, May 25 to Saturday May 26.

“I’m super excited for Eric and Amira qualifying for the nationals,” said a proud head coach, Bryan Hagopian. “They both battled injuries last season which affected them from performing at their best. They’ve worked hard this season to come back and perform at their full potential. Their hard work has paid off and I can’t wait to see them compete against the nation’s best.”

Moate qualifies for the national championship for the second straight season as the product of Lakeland, Fla. will race in the 200m dash. Moate will race in the prelims in Friday afternoon for a chance to race in the final on Saturday. This season, Moate won the Peach Belt Conference title in the event and comes into the national championship ranked 15th with a personal-best 21.01s, set at the University of Miami Alumni Invitational on Apr. 17.

In her second season with the Sharks, Bendrif qualifies for the national championship in the triple jump which will take place as a final on Friday afternoon. A little over a month ago, Bendrif claimed the triple jump title at the PBC Championship with a career-best and PBC Meet record 12.34m. Like Moate, the native of Rabat Morocco enters the competition ranked 15th.

Listed below is the schedule of events the Sharks will compete in throughout the weekend. Moate will also compete Saturday afternoon if he qualifies for the 200m dash finals.

Friday, May 25
4:45 p.m. Women’s Triple Jump Final – Amira Bendrif
5:35 p.m. Men’s 200m Dash prelims – Eric Moate

Saturday, May 26
5:50 p.m. Men’s 200m Dash Finals


May 16, 2018

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