In one of their toughest meets of the season, the Destin Marlins prevailed to defeat Shoal River and Pryor Middle School in a track meet Wednesday afternoon in Destin.
“Both Shoal and Pryor were extremely strong and presented solid competition for us,” said Destin Coach Tina Barron.
The Destin girls defeated Pryor by four points, 56-52, to remain undefeated, while the Destin boys scored 58 points to capture their third win of the season.
“Will Armbruster of Pryor is one of the first runners to really challenge Michael (O’Leary) in the 800 and mile events,” Barron said. “But O’Leary kicked at the end to win both,” she said.
O’Leary finished the mile in 4:52, breaking his own record that he set the week before, 4:55. He also won the 800 meter run with a mark of 2:15; and anchored the boys 4-x-400 relay with a :57 split.
“Our male disc throwers struggled this week but managed to sweep their event,” Barron said.
Destin’s Massimo Grisotto placed first, while Ryan Driscoll, who scratched twice, took second place. Spencer MacKenzie placed third.
MacKenzie also qualified for state in the shot put, throwing 38 feet.
Vivian Natonio placed fourth for the girls in the shot with a throw of 28-8.5, and was first for the Marlins for the fourth w eek in a row.
“Her throwing has been exceptionally consistent, particularly given the fact this is her first year on our team,” Barron said.
Another Marlin that continues to do well is Taylor Flint.
“Taylor Flint continues to shine in both track and field events,” Barron said.
Flint placed third in discus, first in the 100 meter, first in 4-x-100 and first in 4-x-400.
Tobias Thompson and Shakirah Williams also continue to do well in both track and field events, Barron said.
Thompson took first in long jump and first in the 4-x-100 and 4-x-400, while Williams took first in long jump and 4-x-100.
Ashlyn Fernandez helped to secure the girls’ 4-x-100 and again won the 200 meter dash in 27 seconds.
Maddax Fayard, who is new to the team this year, won the 400 meter and helped to clinch the boys 4-x-400 win at 4:17.
Abigail Kline, a four year team member, earned points for the girls. She placed first in the 400 meter, 1:04; third in the long jump, 13-10; and anchored the girls’ 4-x-400 relay team.
Other Marlins who continue to place in the top six for the girls in the 800 are Sophie Kellogg, Sara Crews, Jareny Enriquez and Amelia Kline.
Placing in the top six again for the boys in the 800 are O’Leary, Jake Purvis, Cason Larocque and Luke Bilger.
O’Leary and Larocque earned points in the mile as did Sophie Kellogg, Emily Kellogg, Ashley Bouck and Sarah Kellogg.
The Destin Marlins will be competing in the prelims at 4 p.m. on Monday for the Okaloosa County Championships held at Choctawhatchee High in Fort Walton Beach.