The Destin Marlins captured 13 first place finishes Wednesday to secure victories for both the boys and girls track teams in a middle school meet with Meigs of Shalimar and Lewis of Valparaiso.
“Despite many injuries and illnesses, our athletes worked together for this win,” said Destin Coach Tina Barron. “It was a bittersweet day for the boys, with many last-minute substitutes and Michael O’Leary breaking the school record despite being very ill.”
O’Leary, who was taking a nap under the tent just minutes before the race, performed well on the track in the mile event leading the entire race and eventually lapping other runners to finish first with a mark of 4:55.
In the field events, “Our throwers and jumpers continue to dominate their events, which is a result of their hard work and dedication this season,” Barron said. “We are extremely proud of the commitment our boys and girls have shown to improve not only their individual performances but solidify the team’s rapport.”
In the discus, the Destin boys dominated taking first, second and third place. Ryan Driscoll continues to lead, this week with a throw of 126-8. Massimo Grisotto threw his personal best with a 124-5; and Spencer MacKenzie came in third at 116-6.
As for the girls, Mariah Manthey led the Lady Marlins with a toss of 88-6 for first. Taylor Flint took second at 64-10, and Piper Hubbard came in third at 56-9.5.
In the shot put, the Destin girls did well. Vivian Natonio took first at 27-1; Landry Fell, third, 25-4; and Hubbard, fourth, 23-8.5.
MacKenzie captured second place for the boys in the shot at 38-2.
In the long jump, the Destin girls took first, second and fourth. Shakirah Williams turned in a 13-7 jump; Abigail Kline, 13-5; and Sara Crews, 12-8.5.
Tobias Thompson was the clear winner for the boys with a jump of 17-2.5.
In the girl’s 100 meter dash, it was neck and neck to the finish, but Destin’s Taylor Flint edged out the opponents with a 13.45 seconds first place finish. Destin's Kendall Hewitt took third at 13.75.
In the boys 100 meters, Antwone Walker earned third for Destin at 12.54 in another close race.
Up next was the mile event.
And again, Destin’s Sophie Kellogg took an early lead and increased it with every lap, finishing ahead of everyone by about 100 meters. Sophie finished at 5:44. Placing second was Destin’s Emily Kellogg at 6:07. Ashley Bouck took fourth at 6:14; and Sarah Kellogg came in fifth overall at 6:16.
In the boy’s mile, O’Leary was first followed by Cason Larocque at 5:34 in fourth place and Luke Bilger at 5:40 in fifth.
In the girls 4-x-100, Destin’s Flint, Phoebe Fortenberry, Hewitt and Shakirah Williams teamed up to take first at 54.7 seconds.
The boy’s teams of Anthony Ordonez, Will Bevenour, Thompson and Walker took second at 50.84.
The Lady Marlins took first and second in the 400 meter with Abigail Kline earning first at 1:05, and Kida Bailey, second at 1:07.
Maddax Fayard took third for the Destin boys in the 400 meter event at 1:01.
The girls took first and second in the 200 meter with Ashlyn Fernandez taking first at 28.5, and Fortenberry, second at 29.79.
Ordonez earned second for the boys at 26.5, and Thompson third, 28.3.
Both the Destin girls and boys placed second in the Sprint Medley event. Hollyn Cate Henderson, Hannah Blanton, Bri Horne and Lexie Roberts finished with a time of 2:08, and Jack Tenholder, Marcus Rockwell, Mason Brundidge and Daniil Baturyn, who subbed for Cameron Rojik, took second at 2:02.
In the 800 meter event, the Destin girls claimed first through fourth with Sophie Kellogg at first 2:38; Sara Crews finished second, 2:39; Jareny Enriquez at third, 2:47; and Amelia Kline was fourth, 2:48.
The boys placed second, fifth and sixth. Jake Purvis, 2:30, second; Larocque, fifth, 2:40; and Bilger, sixth, 2:43.
Flint, Hernandez, Bailey and Abigail Kline took first in the 4-x-400 for Destin, while Ordonez, Fayard, Bilger (in for Will Bevenour) and O’Leary took second in the 4-x-400 at 4:07.
“The relay teams are getting faster each week, their hand-offs are getting cleaner and we look forward to qualifying more athletes for state next Saturday at regionals,” Barron said.