Both the girls and boys Destin Middle School cross country teams took first place in a tri-meet with Walton County Middle School of DeFuniak Springs and Meigs Middle of Shalimar on Wednesday in Destin.
The Destin girls claimed five of the top six spots finishing with 19 points, Meigs came in second with 36 and Walton finished third with 117 points.
In the boy’s competition, Destin again led the pack earning five of the first eight spots. Destin wrapped up with 23 points for first, while Walton came in second with 74 and Meigs 76.
“Overall I think we did really well,” said Destin Coach Demetrius Stevens. “We’ve been working on running as a pack and I saw a lot of Destin jersey’s grouped up together as they cross the finish line.
“I think we are rounding into form to have a good shot at being in contention in a couple of weeks," he added. "Hopefully, we can stay healthy and continue training and see how it goes.”
As for Wednesday’s 2-mile cross country race, the Destin girls dominated with Sophie Kellogg out front and finishing a full 30 seconds before her competitors. Kellogg crossed the line at 13:09. Second in was Meigs’ Baylee Killgore at 13:38. The next four in the overall count were all Destin. Nia Madrigal was third overall at 13:45; Sarah Crews, fourth, 13:49; Kida Bail, fifth, 13:55; and Emily Kellogg, sixth, 13:56.
In the boy’s race, it was a battle at the finish line for first place. Running neck and neck the last 25 meters was Destin’s Michael O’Leary and Scott Rodriguez of Meigs. At the finish, O’Leary lunged forward to place first at 12:01:65, while Rodriguez crossed second at 12:01:90.
Second in for Destin and third overall was Luke Bilger at 12:23. Cason Laroque was fourth overall at 12:39. Jake Purvis was the fourth Destin runner in and seventh overall at 12:45, and Mason Brundidge was close behind at 12:48 at eighth overall and fifth for the Marlins.
Up next for Destin is a 4 p.m. meet next Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Shoal River in Crestview.