The Destin Marlins brought home nine medals from the Middle School State Track and Field Championships held recently at IMG Stadium in Bradenton.

“Our state trip was highlighted by an overall focus exhibited by the group,” said Destin Track Coach Demetris Stevens.

“Nearly every athlete achieved a personal best in time or distance.

“We took home hardware in a variety of disciplines and while we had no overall winners we placed in the top six often. The kids really rose to the challenge,” Stevens said.

Athletes who placed in the top eight medaled in the various events.

In the field events, Destin’s Emili Pendred placed second in the discus for a medal; Marcus Rockwell took fifth in the shot put; and Pavel Baturyan placed sixth in the discus.

In the relays, the Destin Marlins cleaned up and medaled in three races.

In the men’s 4x400 meters, Destin’s Guilherme Marques, Anthony Ordonez, Harrison Orr and Maddax Fayard placed third.

In the women’s 4x800 meters, the team of Sara Crews, Sophie Kellogg, Emily Kellogg and Sara Kellogg placed fourth.

In the men’s 4x100 meters, Destin’s Jack Tenholder, Harrison Orr, Anthony Ordonez and Tabious Thompson placed eighth.

In the individual events, Sophie Kellogg placed sixth in the 800 meters for a medal.

Fifth grader Carson Fayard took sixth in the 400 meters in the Elementary Division, while Chloe Lambreau, also a fifth grader, placed eighth.

Other Marlins placing just outside of medaling were Melanie Molina, 14th, discus; Pavel Baturyan, 14th, shot put; Carter Tobik, 11th, discus; and Tabious Thompson, 9th, long jump.

In the relays, the team of Andrey Lukin, Daniil Baturyan, Alex Lukin and Anthony Ordonez finished just outside of medaling with a 9th place finish in the 4x800 meters.

“Our young men and women acquitted themselves quite well,” said assistant track coach William Kline.

“I was proud to be associated with them,” he added.