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States! Here we come :) It is going to be nice to back at Little Everglades. Our girls team has surpassed any expectations that we had in the beginning of the season. This has been an amazing season with a Cinderella Ending. Who would have suspected Gulf as a top contender after loosing Ajla for the beginning of the season Natalie for almost the entire season to an injury and three freshman on the squad. But, the girls pulled together and showed that Gulf is back and in top form with no where to go, but UP!

Leading the way today was Angela Way with a 17th place finish. Angela had her best time of the season with a 20:29 and was the TOP PLACING FRESHMAN in our Region Meet.
Renee Patnode and Ajla Spidojic really pulled through and ran a 21:18 squeaking in to the top 30 finishing 29th and 30th overall.
Natalie Smith coming in with her best time of the season and stepping up when one of runner was struggling to come in with a 21:45 and in 41st place.
Brook Rossi, although struggled, managed to hang in strong and finish with a 21:52, good enough for a 43rd place finish.
Mia Savino inching closer to breaking the 22:00 mark with a 22:05 placing 48th overall
Rounding out our team was Rachael Patnode, with an amazing kick to end with a 22:29.

Nick Buliga ended his season today. Although, not what he expected and what we hoped for, Nick had an amazing season. Nick has ended with the #1 Top Sophomore time of 16:40. Nick logged in over 1000 miles for the season and has become a true leader for our up and coming boys program. Look for Nick to be one of the best runners in the State next season as he trains hard in quest of his goals! Good Luck to him and his very young team.
Posted by Val Lofton on 11-13-2010

District Meet

What an exciting day yesterday! I know that it has been awhile since an update (sorry, I've been busy), so I will cover the District Meet from yesterday and then the Conference Meet.

Our girls were FLYING! Our girls pulled out a Second Place finish with team average of 21:37. And, as a team victory, the girls had all seven of our runners in front of Wiregrass's #7! The first time this season we have done that--Great Job Girls!

Reclaiming her spot as our #1 Lady Buc was Angela Way running an amazing 20:47 to place 13th overall. Angela also is now our #1 Lady on the Top 5 All-Times List for freshmen by 19 seconds.
Renee Patnode holding on to her #2 spot on the team ran the same exact time as she did in Conference for a 19th place finish in 21:35
Brooke Rossi finished right behind Renee with a time of 21:36 for 20th place.
Ajla Spijodic finished in the top 25 in a very talented field with a time of 21:52
Rachael Patnode, Mia Savino and Natalie Smith battled it out to the finish, placing 27th, 29th and 30th (respectively). Rachael and Mia had Personal Best times in 22:13 and 22:14.

Our Boys, although we did not qualify had an amazing day. To point out a few highlights finishing their season:
1. We are the youngest team! Every school in Pasco has at least 2 senior leading their teams. Our team is made up of 2 Sophomores and 5 Freshman and 1 senior. Our top six are all returning.
2. There were only 3 freshman that finished better than our freshman.
3. There are over 20 seniors that will be leaving our district for next season that beat our #2 runner.
4. Almost half the field of 114 runners are seniors.
5. We had our fastest average of the season with an 18:39

Nick Buliga led the way with his best performance in 2 years. He placed 5th overall with a time of 16:40 which is #1 on the Top 5 All Times List by 19 seconds (so was Angela's!)
Dustin Demattia and Jackson Raymond had a photo finish! Dustin placed 52nd overall with a new amazing PR of 18:47. and Jackson with his new PR of 18:50 for 54th place. Both of these gentlemen are now on the Top 5 All-Times list for freshmen as 4th and 5th, respectively
Mike Keller pulled in another PR with a time of 19:07 placing 63rd.
Domenic Crisafulli place 79th with a 19:54
Andre Granberry finished his last race with the Gulf High Bucs in style, breaking 20 for the first time this season in 19:57 for an 81st place finish. Andre will be leaving us; it was a pleasure coaching you for 3 seasons. We will miss you!
Posted by Val Lofton on 11-05-2010


What a great morning! Everyone ran amazing and we have a lot to say

The girls placed 2nd overall with a team average of 21:35. What a long way the girls have come, at the Mitchell Invite, the girls averaged 23:14. Way to go ladies!

Leading the way was Brooke Rossi placing 11th overall in a time of 21:05 a 38 second PR.
Renee Patnode had an outstanding race placing 14th overall with a time of 21:34 a 35 second improvement. This performance puts Renee on the Top 5 All-Times List at 4th beating Natalie Smith and Colleen McAuliffe.
Angela Way ran a new PR with a time of 21:49 placing 17th overall improving by 11 seconds
Ajla Spijodic had a spectacular race finishing only seconds behind Angela with a time of 21:52 improving by a whole minute!
Natalie Smith stepped up and finished 5th for us today with a new season best time of 22:01 improving by 1:32 in one race.
Rachael Patnode had her best race in 3 seasons! She finished 6th for us with a new PR of 22:25, a 38 second PR
Mis Savino also had an amazing race coming in as our 7th runner with a new PR of 22:34, a improvement of 39 seconds.
Judith Young came in as our #1 JV runner with a new PR by 4 seconds in 23:31
Shadia Yagaub ran an awesome new time of 24:29, improving by 52 seconds
Brooke Maestas also improved her PR by 30 seconds with a time of 24:22
Casey Siena ran 28:17 which is a new PR for her by 50 seconds

On the boys side we had a team average of 19:01 our fastest this season. 7 of our boys broke the 20 minute mark and all had a new PR

Nick Buliga lead the way with a time of 17:04 placing 14th overall, this is a new PR by 18 seconds and moving up on the Top 5 All-Times list to 2nd place, and only 5 seconds from 1st.
Dustin Demattia was our 2nd buccaneer to finish with a new PR by 2 seconds in 19:13 moving into 4th place on the All-Times list beating Stome Quinn by one second.
Mike Keller had an amazing race with a time of 19:15 a new PR by 38 seconds
Jackson Raymond finished 4th for us with a time of 19:45 a new PR 30 seconds
Domenic Crisafulli had a great finish (says the ZEE MAN) with a time of 19:52 besting his PR by 26 seconds
George Cappos despite missing practice several days this week ran great with a new PR of 19:24 a new PR by 38 seconds
Andre Granberry finished with a time of 20:10, which his new PR by 48 seconds.
Posted by Val Lofton on 10-23-2010


What a great evening! Although I was unable to get out there to watch the event, I have a complete recap. A very exciting evening filled with great performances:

To start off:

Girls JV
Natalie Smith earned herself some nice hard wear on her first race back this season from a nagging knee injury. She placed 10th overall with a time of 23:33, earning a Varsity spot during Conference by 1 second.
Clara Herrera ran another amazing race, with a time of 28:05. Remember this is only Clara's second race this season!

Boys JV
George Cappos ran great with a 20:14 in only his second race of the season
Domenic Crsiafulli pulled in another PR with a time of 20:18
Both of these gentlemen earned a Varsity Spot for the Conference Meet!

Girls Varsity
Brooke Rossi edged out Angela for the title of number one Lady Buc! She ran a 21:56
Angela Way was right behind her with a time of 22:02
Renee Patnode has hit a wall, staying steady at 22:11 (for the third race this season)
Ajla Spijodic broke 23 for the first time in two seasons with a new PR of 22:58, closing the gap between our number 3 & 4 runners
Mia Savino had a GREAT run with a new PR of 23:13, I believe was a break through performance for her and she will be breaking that 23 mark for sure at Conference
Rachael Patnode holding on to her Varsity spot running a 23:28

Boys Varsity
Nick Buliga, what can you say! He ran an AMAZING race and finished in the top 25 running a new PR of 17:22. Inching closer to that 17 minute mark.
Dustin Demattia ran another PR with a great time 19:15
Mile Keller also holding on strong under that 20 minute mark with a time of 19:54.
Posted by Val Lofton on 10-16-2010

Whispering Pines Invite

Hell All!

This weekend was very exciting with our girls "running" away with the runner-up trophy, despite missing a key runner from varsity. Our boys pulled off a very impressive 7th place out of 17 teams.

Some key performances include:

Nick Buliga leading the boys with a spectacular finish of 14th place and a time of 17:39
Dustin Demattia ran another personal best, saying good bye to the 20's for good, posting his 2nd time under that 20 minute mark with a 19:31
Mike Keller, also saying goodbye to the 20's, by running another PR and his 2nd time under that 20 minute mark with a 19:53
Brandon Agnew had a break through performance and is knocking at the door with a 20:06
Domenic Crisafulli ran amazing pulling in a HUGE PR with a time of 20:34 and plaing 14th overall in the JV Race.
Patrick Sarris is running awesome with a 22:07 coming in as our 2nd finisher for the JV squad!!
Rafael Mercado returning from an injury is showing that he did not slack off, running a PR by several minutes with a time of 23:35

Brooke Rossi took command this race, coming in as our #1 lady buc, placing 8th overall and a new PR of 21:42
Renee Patnode running very well with a time of 22:12 placing 12th overall
These girls deserve a hand, for recovering from a very slow start!!
Ajla Spijodic made up some time an finished in 23:18
Mia Savino right behind her with a 23:36
Judith Young and Rachael Patnode finished with a time of 23:52
Angela Way blew the competition away crossing the finish line in first by 50 seconds with a time of 22:00. It would have been interesting to see what she would have run with some competition!!
Shadia (Boo) ran a PR with a time of 25:21
Clara Herrera ran her first XC race this weekend, and did amazing! She clocked in at 28:31
Kristi Niece ran under 29 minutes for this first time this season, running a 28:44
Casey Siena ran another PR clocking in at 29:07

Don't forget to VOTE on our webpage for Athlete of the Week :)

Great Job everyone! Our next race is on Friday Night in Dade City. Look for a great come back by Natalie Smith, who will be joining us off of her injury.

For goal setting, Friday's race will determine who will run Varsity in the Conference Meet on Saturday October 23 at Starkey Park!

Happy Running
Posted by Val Lofton on 10-14-2010

Key West Xcursion

So, I am sure most of you have heard that Key West was a lot of fun. Our teams raced very well in a tough field of runners. Of course, Snorkeling was a blast, and it wouldn't have been the same had we not held up the boat for one our our athletes. Brooke Rossi, decided to return to a different Fury Boat.

I would like to commend our team on their behavior, as we were complemented by the FURY captain, and asked to return next season by the KW Coach.

There certainly was no PR's on this course with its 48 hills, but we had some kids really race awesome.

Starting with the girls this time:

As a team the girls placed 5th with an average of 25:12

Angela Way reclaimed her spot as the #1 Lady Buccaneer finishing 21 overall with a time of 24:24.
Brooke Rossi came in as our #2 runner this race running 24:59 placing 26th overall
Mia Savino had her best race of the season placing 3rd for GHS and 28th overall

For the boys:

Nick Buliga placed 12th overall with a time of 18:29 which is the 40th fastest time on the Key West Course, running 50 seconds faster than 2009 and placing better in a much tougher field.
Jackson Raymond ran amazing once he kicked his shoes off, placing 2nd for the team and finishing in a time of 20:57

Athletes, please don't forget to vote for Athlete of the week. There are TWO races to consider, The West Pasco Invite and the Key West XCursion.
Posted by Val Lofton on 09-28-2010

West Pasco Invite

Good morning all!

Yesterday was filled with awesome performances! We yet again have another email that will be quite long, because of all the unbelievable performances :)

In a surprise turn of events, Gulf Girls actually pulled off the Win yesterday! We tied with Ridgewood and our 6th girl (Mia Savino) beat RW's number 6 by 2 seconds, having us win :) Great job ladies, this goes to show that EVERY place does matter. We had seven runners place in the top 15 and ten runners in the top 20! Way to go Ladies!

Leading the girls squad this race was Renee Patnode. She ran a 22:09 a 32 second PR, placing 3rd overall.
Right behind her in 4th place was Angela Way with, another PR of 22:12.
Brooke Rossi placing 6th with her best time of the season with a 22:36, improving by 15 seconds from the Mitchell Invite.
Ajla Spidojic is getting back in shape after suffering from an injury for several weeks. She improved by over a minute from Saturday running a season best 23:19 finishing 8th place overall and 4th for our team. Which is only 30 seconds off of her PR.
Rachael Patnode--Hurray!! Had a spetacular race :) Rachael ran a 23:26, a new season best by 1:53!!
Judith Young keeps impressing all of us, she is improving by over a minute every race! She ran a 24:41 on Saturday and now is down to a 23:35.
Melissa Schiedenhelm showed us that Saturday's time was for real! She again, improved her PR by 50 seconds.
Rachel Enerson placed 18th overall and ran an awesome 24:15 which is a new PR by 21 seconds.
Elaine Gavallas is getting back into shape and was only 9 seconds off of her PR with a season best time of 24:54.
Brooke Maestas pulled in another Personal Best time of 24:56, 58 seconds faster than Saturday.
Bernadette Anderson is starting to get close to her ending time from last season with a 26:59, she improved her season best by 1:51 seconds.

For the boys, we had some really impressive performances, and we had our best placing of the season. Our boys team pulled out a 3rd place finish, and we were missing Matt, a important factor in our varsity team.

Leading the way once again was Nick Buliga, he finished 2nd overall with a time of 17:40
Finally breaking that 20 minute mark was Dustin Demattia and Mike Keller running 19:37 and 19:57 respectively. Both boys have been working very hard to break into the 19's. Mike's new PR is 22 seconds faster than his previous time of 20:19.
George Cappos was able to join our team finally, making a nice impact by being our 5th runners. George ran 21:11, which is a new PR by 5 seconds. Not a bad way to start the season :)
Domenic Crisafulli ran another awesome PR of 21:25, besting Saturday's time by 29 seconds.

We have 21 athletes that are making the trip down to Key West this weekend. I will be posting how we did on our team page as soon as possible. We also have several atheltes who are choosing to race on their own at a local road race. Please send your results asap to and to so I can get you mentioned for all of your efforts.

Great job to everyone yesterday :)
Posted by Val Lofton on 09-22-2010

Mitchell Invite

What a weekend. Coach and I cannot express how proud of our teams we are. Everyone went out there and raced like champions. This email will be quite long, due to the unbelievable amount of outstanding performances.

Starting off with our boys team: Our boys averaged only 13 seconds slower than last season when we combine our top 5 fastest times! That is amazing given the lack of depth that we have on our team. Our top five consists of only one senior and the rest are freshman and sophomores. Our average for this race was 19:38.

Leading our boys team was Nick Buliga. Nick finished 7th among Pasco County runners with a blazing time of 17:32 which puts him on the top 5 list at #3. He also finished more than a minute faster than last season.
Matt Abdallah made his come back this race. After suffering from very bad shin splints, he is finally able to help out our team. He finished with a time of 19:55 and is more than 4 minutes faster than last season.
Dustin Demattia pulled out yet another awesome race. After being sick last week, he still managed to race awesome and almost break 20:00--finishing with an official time of 20:03.
Jackson Raymond really came through for our team this week. Jackson posted our 4th fastest time for our boys with a 20:15 (a personal best by 30+ seconds), and was our 2nd varsity runner to finish!
Mike Keller, although he did not post a season best, ran almost a minute faster than he did last season at this race with a 20:25.
Brandon Agnew is showing that he will hold a varsity spot this season running, yet another PR of 21:05. Finishing as our 6th fastest runner of the day.
Domenic Crisafulli was finally able to break through that 22:00 mark and finish with a time of 21:54. Now he is able to start focusing on breaking 21:00
Rafael Compares and Patrick Sarris is coming into shape, after only a short time out here is is already breaking 26:00 with an official time of 25:33

For our ladies: Our girls ran awesome! We actually started off the season with an average of 23:11, 45 seconds faster than last season. And, we have some key runners missing from our varsity. This is just proof that our team is really shaping up despite how young we are.

Leading the girls was again, Angela Way. She is surprising all of us with her determination in those races. She ran another PR by a minute from the last race with a 22:32. There really is no telling what she is capable of accomplishing this season, after posting the 12th fastest time within the county.
Right on her heals was Renee Patnode with a 22:41, tieing her PR for this season. And, clocking in with the 13th fastest time within the county.
Brooke Rossi seems to have recovered from giving blood and is back into serious mode. She ran a huge PR with a time of 22:51 and the 15th fastest time in the county.
Mia Savino is living up to expectations by posting another fine race and finishing 18th overall in the county. She ran another PR with a time of 23:27
Ajla Spidojic posted our 5th fastest time of the day with a 24:28, which is a season best after coming off of a very bad hip injury this summer.
Judith Young finished as our 5th varsity runner and posted another amazing PR by over a minute with a time of 24:41.
Melissa Schiedenhelm was one of the most impressive performances of the day! She broke 25:00 minutes for the first time since she started running posting a 24:54. Which is almost 3 minutes faster than she ran last season! All that summer mileage is paying off!!
Rachel Enerson posted a season best time of 25:10, and running 27 seconds faster than last season. Despite her very busy week schedule she is putting in the mileage to see some gains!
Brooke Maestas ran another PR, by almost a minute breaking 26:00 for the first time. My first instinct was right, and she may be a contender for a top 7 spot by the end of the season!
Shadia "Yaboob" ran like a beast, posting a 26:38 for her first 5k, coming off of an injury.
Maria Pantoja posted a season best time of 28:08 running over a minute faster than she did last season and suffering from an injury!
Bernadette Anderson is starting to shape up again! She posted a 28:49 for her first race back off of her injury and ran almost 30 seconds faster than last season!
Casey Siena and Kristi Niece, broke that 30:00 mark! They have been focused on this since the summer time. 29:17 and 29:44 respectively, are their new PR's. I assume that they will not be settling for this, and are already focused of breaking 29:00

Kari Grippo also raced on Saturday posting a very impressive time of 18:37 at the Race for a Cure. She is showing those boys who is the boss (GIRLS!), by finishing 3rd overall and was the 1st female!

Posted by Val Lofton on 09-20-2010

F.I. Grey

Hey XC!

I just wanted to let you know what a huge success yesterday was. We had huge improvements, and on such a tough course. It is shaping up to be an amazing year. Here are a few highlights:

Nick Buliga ran 17:53 which is 1:29 faster than he started off last season!
Dustin Demattia ran a 20:12. WOW! these freshman boys are really improving fast.
Mike Keller ran 20:19 which is 3:37 faster than last season!! We can expect big things from Mike this season :)
Jackson Raymond ran 20:50, a huge improvement here, by almost a minute.
Brandon Agnew ran 21:39, which is awesome since he has only been running 2 weeks!

On the girls side,

Kari started off very strong with a 19:38 official time, I am sure everyone cannot wait to see what this very talented young lady can accomplish this season.
Brooke Rossi stepped up to the plate and ran a very impressive 23:04. This girl will be making a splash when she learns how to really race.
Mia Savino broke 24:00 for the first time running 23:55. This was a well deserved time for this young lady who has been struggling with illness and small injuries. Way to go!
Rachae Patnode is not going to give her varsity spot away! She ran 24:25 which is more than a minute improvement from last year!
Angela Way really impressed us running right behind Rachael securing a varsity spot with 24:31
Brooke Davis, what can we say? WOW! she ran a 25:10. There is no telling what she is going to do during the season :)
Mellissa Schiedenhelm's summer is paying off, she ran 25:14, over three minutes faster than last year.
Judith Young ran a 26:15, another improvement this year. She is looking to secure a Varsity spot before the end of the season.
Rachel Enerson ran a 26:39 which is almost four minutes faster than last year. And, she got to race as we were on the starting line. No time for warm-up or stretching. Perhaps we could have seen a sub 26.
Casey Siena ran an amazing 30:04, she is gaining confidence with every race. We are so proud of this young lady's effort.
Kristi Niece ran a new Personal Best by a minutes. Kristi ran a 31:12! She has been working so hard and we expect her to break 30:00

Of course we are very proud of all of our runners. Keep up the great work! With so many runners this season, I tried to keep the reading material short and highlight some outstanding performances.
Posted by Val Lofton on 09-03-2010

Camp Big Dawg Comes to an End

The 13th Annual Camp Big Dawg was a huge success! We had the pleasure of hosting Winder-Barrow High School from Winder, Ga. We showed them that Florida is tough.
Coach and I want to thank all of the athletes who worked hard. This is going to be a great season.

Here is the mileage for the week (from Saturday-Friday):

Val Lofton: 55.5
Nick Buliga: 53.5
Natalie Smith: 53.5
Mike Keller: 49.5
Dustin Demattia: 49.5
Jackson Raymond: 49.5
Renee Patnode: 49
Mia Savino: 49
Melissa Schiedenhelm: 49
Elaine Gavallas: 49
Domenic Crisafulli: 49
George Cappos: 47.5
Aja Spidojic: 47.5
Dean Lofton: 46
Rachel Enerson: 45
Brooke Davis: 44
Rachael Patnode: 43.5
Shadia Yagoub: 40
Brooke Maestas: 37.5
Kristi Niece: 33.5

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Posted by Val Lofton on 07-25-2010