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Second-place finish helps Bucs enjoy trip

By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 15, 2002

The Gulf girls finished second in the high school division of the University of Georgia Bulldog Stampede on Saturday at the university's golf course in Athens, Ga.

"It was just a fantastic showing for us, I think, to come up here and do as well as we did," Bucs coach Dean Lofton said. "This was a pretty big meet and we're very happy with the way we did."

Gulf was originally scheduled to run Saturday in the Florida State Invitational in Tallahassee, but Lofton decided to head farther north on the invitation of his brother, who lives in Athens and said he would hold a cookout for the team.

They earned it.

Melissa Dattoli finished fifth overall in the prep division, running the 3.1-mile course in 21 minutes, 59 seconds. She edged teammate Amber Shuhart, who finished sixth with the same time. They were the only Bucs to medal.

Daneille Florey finished 23rd in 23:54, Tammy Roddenberg was 32nd in 24:47, Maggie Gaimpalvalo was 36th in 25:00, Lilly Gnadt was 39th in 25:14 and Christine Angelillo was 47th in 25:40.

The Bucs earned a "pretty cool-looking" glass trophy, Lofton said, after scoring 102 points to finish ahead of Westhall (Ga.), which came in third with 115. Pace Academy (Ga.) won the meet with 64 points behind Georgia Closs' championship time of 20:27.

"It's on a golf course and it's in Georgia, so it definitely had some killer hills on the course," Lofton said.

"The girls ran as a serious pack and Amber and Melissa went out after the leaders."

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