Destin Middle School has nearly 20 athletes who have qualified for the state track meet scheduled for May 11 in Bradenton.
“Being good doesn't get you into the state meet," said Destin assistant track and field coach William Kline. "You have to be great."
And Destin has had a great group of well-rounded athletes who have excelled in field events as well as running events.
“I'm so proud of the work they have done this year. Workouts that made them throw up earlier in the year are a breeze now,” Kline said.
The Destin boys finished the regular season undefeated, while the girls won every meet save a single second-place finish.
Destin athletes qualifying for state in the various events, prior to the Okaloosa County meet on Wednesday, are as follows:
800 Meter Run - Sophie Kellogg
200 Meter Hurdles - Emily Kellogg
1600 Meter Run - Sophie Kellogg
4x400 Meter Relay - Chloe Lambreau, Sara Crews, Dorothy Romair, Carson Fayard
4x800 Meter Relay - Sarah Kellogg, Sophie Kellogg, Emily Kellogg, Crews
Triple Jump - Brianna Horne, Crews
Discus - Emili Pendred, Trinity Treadway
Shot Put - Pendred
100 Meter Dash - Harrison Orr
200 Meter Hurdles - Tabious Thompson
4x100 Meter Relay - Jack Tenholder, Orr, Anthony Ordonez, Thompson
4x400 Meter Relay - Guilherme Marques, Ordonez, Orr, Maddax Fayard, Daniil Baturyan
Long Jump - Thompson
Discus - Paviil Baturyan, Carter Tobik
Shot Put - Paviil Baturyan, Marcus Rockwell
“The future of the team looks bright,” Kline said.
“Our second team is better than most schools first. A ton of our strongest competitors are in fifth, sixth and seventh grade. They are going to be absolute beasts with a few more years of training.”