Scouting Report: Gulf Coast Girls

The Gulf Coast girls cross country team finished eighth at the state meet in 2012 with top runner Caroline Barlow crossing the line in fourth place and making the medal stand. The take away from last year was the the team needed to build more depth and bring four through seven further up the finishers list.  Barlow leads a top four that has been running together since 2010 including Danielle de Greef, Samantha Davis, and Allayna Vanderheid. Caroline's father, Coach Paul Barlow, says the girls have been logging more miles than ever before and our ready to make their senior season a special one.

Three newcomers enter the fold for the sharks in 2013. Seniors Nicole Ferreira and Jennifer Ward along with freshman Sarina Francis should make an impact and crack the top seven. Barlow is hoping that hurdler Tori Stiehl, will come out again for cross country this season. Stiehl did not score last year, but is coming off a tremendous track season. In a team sport, like cross country the bond of the team is extremely important. Barlow says this group of girls is very good friends and works hard together which gives the younger girls excellent examples to follow and with their strong work ethic it makes his job very easy.

The team has met several times over the course of the summer for workouts and Saturday morning runs. Some of the runners have also attended camps such as FGCU, Stanford and Team Prep USA. A tune-up for the season will be August 3rd, when the squad will run from Gulf Coast High School to the beach for a ten mile run. Joining them will be neighboring schools Estero, Golden Gate, Naples, and Community School of Naples. The Sharks will be chomping at the bit to nab a spot on the podium, but as always will face a tough test from Estero. Fort Walton Beach also looks like a state title content in 2013.

Coach Barlow Says...

"The key meets for us will be FLRunners, Pre-State, and the state series of course. We are also running the North Port, Ft. Myers Optimist and the season opening race at Estero. They all are excellent meets that are well organized and each venue offers something unique for the team.  Our goal remains the same as previous seasons, finish as high as possible at the state meet in November.  Our boys soccer team won the state championship last winter and that success has fueled our desire to complete this season on top of the podium."

Top Returner's Times (Season Bests)

Girls 5,000 Meter Run (XC)
18:12.91 Barlow, Caroline FHSAA Cross Country State Finals 2012-11-17
19:33.10 De Greef, Danielle Invitational 13 2012-09-28
19:46.38 Davis, Samantha FHSAA Cross Country State Finals 2012-11-17
20:19.70 Vanderheid, Allayna FHSAA Cross Country State Finals 2012-11-17

Girls 3,200 Meter Run (2013)
11:07.44 Barlow, Caroline FSU Relays 2013-03-22
12:06.11 Davis, Samantha Florida Relays 2013-04-04
Girls 1,600 Meter Run (2013)
5:05.54   Barlow, Caroline Florida Relays 2013-04-04
5:23.22   De Greef, Danielle Lady Tarpon Invitational 2013-03-07
5:39.02   Davis, Samantha Collier County Championships 2013-03-28
5:53.67   Vanderheid, Allayna Wally Keller Invitational 2013-04-12

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