In the two years since the last Collier County Athletic Conference cross country meet, things haven't changed much.
Last year's CCAC meet was rained out, and Wednesday's conference races looked awfully similar to the ones in 2010.
Gulf Coast's Caroline Barlow and Palmetto Ridge's Carlos Miranda won the individual titles, while the Sharks girls and Naples boys took the team trophies. Exactly like two years ago.
"I wanted to win last year, but I couldn't really do that," Barlow said. "It was nice to come out and do it again."
Barlow won in 19 minutes, 38 seconds to lead the top-heavy Sharks to a close victory over Immokalee and Naples. Gulf Coast swept the top three spots but finished with 35 points, just 10 ahead of Immokalee.
Barlow, Danielle De Greef and Sam Davis finished 1-2-3, while Allayana Vanderheid took 10th. Immokalee and Naples kept the results close by each placing three runners in the top 10.
The key for the Sharks was their fifth through seventh runners placing 19th, 20th and 21st within six seconds of one another. Gulf Coast also benefited from the improvement of Davis, a junior who was the team's sixth- or seventh-best runner last season.
"We like to come in close to each other," Davis said. "We push each other a lot. It's a friendly competition."
Driven by last week's second-place finish at Lely, a rarity for him, Miranda left the pack early and outdistanced his only competition late in the boys race. Golden Gate's Alejandro Pedraza, who ran for Palmetto Ridge last season, was on his former teammate's heels at the halfway point before Miranda showed his extra gear.
Miranda won the race in 16:04, eight seconds ahead of Pedraza.
"With about a mile and a half to go I started to pick it up a little bit," Miranda said. "Right now I'm trying to get my confidence back. Last week we had some real hard practices, and I had that second-place (finish). I had to adjust a little bit."
Naples won the boys team title on the strength of its best four runners, who all finished in the top eight. Lee Shearer was third followed immediately by Buddy Gates and Kalvin Garrison in fourth and fifth. James Sanders placed eighth for the Golden Eagles.
"We have a solid top four," Shearer said. "We've got postseason coming up so hopefully we can put a good race together there."
With the lowest combined scores from the boys and girls races, Naples won the overall CCAC trophy presented by Gulf Coast Runners for the eighth consecutive time.
The seven CCAC schools now turn their attention to next week's district meets. Barron Collier, Gulf Coast, Lely, Naples and Palmetto Ridge run in the Class 3A-District 12 event at North Collier Regional Park on Wednesday. Golden Gate and Immokalee compete in the 2A-11 race Nov. 2 in Immokalee.
Collier County Athletic Conference meet
At Vineyards Community Park
Naples 36, Immokalee 57, Palmetto Ridge 58, Golden Gate 112, Lely 123, Barron Collier 125, Gulf Coast 209
1. Miranda (PR) 16:04.54, 2. Pedraza (GG) 16:16.03, 3. Shearer (N) 16:29.33, 4. Gates (N) 16:37.17, 5. Kalvin (N) 17:08.08, 6. Ashbacher (PR) 17:13.55, 7. Venegas (IM) 17:20.74, 8. Sanders (N) 17:26.69, 9. Yober (PR) 17:43.24, 10. Hernandez (LE) 17:44.90.
Gulf Coast 35, Immokalee 45, Naples 46, Lely 111, Barron Collier 127, Palmetto Ridge 152, Golden Gate 203
1. Barlow (GC) 19:38.21, 2. De Greef (GC) 19:53.08, 3. Davis (GC) 20:09.89, 4. Munoz (IM) 20:26.11, 5. Avery (N) 20:31.18, 6. Ramirez (IM) 20:50.13, 7. Klopf (N) 20:55.83, 8. Hogrefe (N) 21:08.38, 9. Cruz (IM) 21:38.23, 10. Vanderheid (GC) 21:46.01.