The Destin boys came up a little short at the Okaloosa County middle school cross-country championships on Wednesday at the Hedrick Center in Fort Walton Beach.



Destin finished second behind Liza Jackson, by three points. Scoring for the boys teams were Kyle Ferris, third; Harrison Jourdan, fifth; George McCann, 11th; Alex Baker, 13th; and Christian May, 23rd.



The Destin girls placed fifth overall. Scoring for the Lady Marlins were Kaide Farne, 15th; Rachel McMullen, 17th; Montana Rogers, 19th; Diana LaFollette, 26th; Theresa LaNassa, 43rd; and Kennedy Rogers, 44th.



“I am pleased with the teams overall performance,” Destin Coach Ben Kackley. “The Hedrick Center course is the most difficult of the season. Very few runners are able to set personal records on the course and in fact, many fall well off their usual pace.



“We are lucky to have a few weeks of practice before heading to the state competition. I know the teams are eager to improve their performance and I look forward to watching how they bounce back after the losses.”



Coach Kackley expressed thanks for all the support of the parents.



“They have been very supportive of the hectic schedule and routine cross-country can provide. It's nice to know that the runners, coaches and parents are on the same page. It's a key ingredient to our successes these past few years.”



—Tina Harbuck