With the first meet still a couple of weeks out, the Destin Middle School track and field team is stretching, running, throwing and doing whatever else they can to get ready.


And so far, Destin Coach Demetris Stevens said things are looking up.


“Top end wise we’re going to be pretty decent,” Stevens said.


He explained that the Marlins have some returning athletes that are pretty strong and should help out tremendously.


But in the meantime, coach said, “we’re working on building our depth right now, trying to get everyone in shape going into mostly our preseason mode.”


The Marlins’ first challenge will be March 11 at Emerald Coast Middle School in Santa Rosa Beach.


“We want everyone ready to compete at that point and be ready for county at the end of April.”


Two returning athletes that should be hot on the track are eighth graders Maddax Fayard and Harrison Orr. Fayard won at county last year in the 400 and Orr won the 100 event.


As for the girls, Stevens said he has half of his 4x4 relay team that was strong last year back on the track this year.


He noted some top returning sprinters for the girls were Avery Emick, Dorthy Romair and Shakira Williams, who has ran in the past, but not last year. But Stevens is excited to have Williams back on the track.


“Our sprints are probably going to be our strength this year,” Stevens said. “Our distance runners are young, but we’ve got potential.”


In the throwing events, look for Jared Cutts to do well in the discus.


“We’ve got a couple of girls if they figure out how to do everything we’re asking them to do, they should be pretty decent,” he said.


The first home meet for the Marlins will be March 24 after Spring Break.