Destin Marlins finish in second in track meet

Tina Harbuck

After a busy week, the Destin Marlin track team came up just a bit short on Wednesday, placing second to Ruckel Middle School in a tri-meet with Ruckel of Niceville and the Meigs Wildcats of Shalimar.

“Given the fact yesterday was our fourth competitive meet in one week, our boys and girls performed well,” said Destin Coach Tina Barron. “Fatigue and injury did impact our ability to compete on a level we are accustomed to at DMS, and we had some athletes still recuperating from Regional’s and a makeup meet.”


Nevertheless, Barron said, “I am very proud of our team, who rose to the occasion and subbed in various field and track events with little notice. Our boys’ and girls’ commitment to each other and our team was evident.

“Kobe Babin had an impressive day throwing, Jayden Horne and Lauren Turpin jumped very well, Mariah Manthey PR’d in her field event, and our runners continue to shave seconds and improve their time. More than one school record was broken yesterday in the open 400 and Sprint Medley event despite our team’s loss.”

Destin’s Kambry Smith set a school record and was first in the girls 400 open, finishing in 63.07 seconds.

Babin won the boys’s discuss with a toss of 122.1-feet.

Payton Kerle of Destin Middle won the boys’ shot put with a heave of 39.9 ½ feet.

Kristian Murray placed second for Destin in the boys 400 open with a time of 59.27 seconds.

Destin’s Nick Greer won the boys’ long jump with a leap of 16 feet 2 inches.

Brooke O’Keefe placed third in the girls’ shot put with a throw of 26 feet11 ½ inches.

Dylan Rogers took third in the girls 100 open with a time of 13.53 seconds.

ClaraBeth Lafollette placed second in the girls’ 800, finishing in 2:39.

Earlier in the week, Destin won against Bruner and Liza Jackson.

Destin’s Taylor Ford threw 74 feet 4 inches to place first in the discus.

Kobe Babin threw 121 feet 1 inch to take first for the boys in discus.

Lauren Adams anchored the girls’ sprint relay team with an impressive finish.

The medley team included Sydney Kale, Lilly Fortenberry and Brooke O’Keefe

Kristian Murray and Evan Olsen ran outstanding in the open 400, turning in finishes of 60 and 63 seconds, respectively.