The Destin Marlins were well represented at the Florida Middle School State Track and Field Championships last weekend in Bradenton.
The Marlins had almost a dozens athletes that medaled in the various events with eighth grader Ryan Driscoll earning a first place in discus with a throw of 140 feet, 10 inches.
“Our athletes had a solid finish to an exceptional season,” said Destin Coach Tina Barron. “We represented DMS in multiple events and came home with hardware and many new records. We are extremely proud of the efforts made this spring and the competitive spirit of the team. It has been an amazing year for the Marlins.”
In addition to Driscoll’s first place finish, other Marlins who medaled are as follows:
Massimo Grisotto placed fifth in discus.
Kerry Seekamp took fourth in pole vault.
Abigail Kline placed sixth in the 4-x-400 event and seventh in the 4-x-800.
Sophie Kellogg, Sara Crews and Jareny Enriquez were also part of that 4-x-800 team that took seventh.
Taylor Flint was part of the 4-x-400 team that placed sixth. She ran a :57 second split.
Ashlyn Fernandez and Kida Bailey were also part of the sixth place 4-x-4 team.
In addition to earning medals at state, several of the athletes set new records for Destin Middle.
Flint, Phoebe Fortenberry, Kendall Hewitt and Shakirah Williams set a record in the 4-x-100 with a finish of 51.71 seconds.
In the 4-x-400, Flint, Bailey, Fernandez and Kline set a new record of 4:13.
Michael O’Leary, who cleaned up at the Okaloosa County meet in the long distance events, did well at state, but finished just outside the of the medals in ninth place. He was passed up in the last 20 meters of the 1,500 meter race, but still set a personal record. Only the top eight earned hardware.