Destin trekkers record perfect score

Tina Harbuck | 315-4466 | @DestinLogTina |
Luke Bilger was first overall for the Destin Marlins. TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG

For the first time, the Destin Middle School boys cross country team posted a perfect score taking the first seven overall spots against St. Mary’s and Meigs on Wednesday.

“Overall, we had some very gutty performances from our runners,” said Destin Coach Demetrius Stevens. “The boys got their first perfect score of the season. They have been working very hard to improve times and return to form from injuries. I was very impressed by their willingness to run as a pack to have a better team results."

The Destin boys scored a 15 and remain undefeated for the season.

First in and overall winner was Luke Bilger, who finished the 2-mile event in 11:29. Finishing behind Bilger were Austin Paugh, 11:58; Theo Cross, 12:09; Jake Purvis, 12:45; Michael O’Leary, 12:45; Dalton Williams, 12:47; and Carson Hickok, 13:00.

Placing eighth overall and first for Meigs was Chris Sterman, 13:02, followed by Frankie Paone, 13:17, ninth overall and first for St. Mary’s.

Not to be outdone, the Destin girls took top honors as well with a score of 24, followed by St. Mary’s in second and Meigs in third.

Destin’s Kambry Smith again won the overall for the females with a finish of 12:39. Other top finishers for Destin were Sophie Kellogg, 13:10; Sara Crews, 13:51; Kida Bailey, 14:01; and Emily Kellogg, 14:29.

First for St. Mary’s and third overall was Rachael Daldine, 13:13, followed by teammate Ava Flaherty, 13:50. First for Meigs and eighth overall was Deanna Bottino, 14:14.

“Our girls have really started to round into form,” Stevens said. “Their times are comparable to the times our girls ran last year on the championship team. If they can continue to get better and everyone runs like they are capable maybe we can have another special season.”

The Destin girls are 3-1 on the season.

Up next for the Destin Marlins is a 4 p.m. meet on Wednesday at home with Bruner, Liza Jackson and Davidson.