Marlins place second, posts several victories

Tina Harbuck

Although the Destin Marlins placed second in a tri-track meet with Bruner and Liza Jackson, several Marlins won their events at Fort Walton Beach High School Thursday afternoon.

The Destin boys tied for second with Liza Jackson at 39 points, while the Destin girls came in second with 43 points with Liza Jackson getting the win.

Nevertheless, Destin’s Mariah Manthey and Brady Bachmann both placed first in discus. Manthey hurled the discus 83-11, while Bachmann won it with a toss of 110-9.

Bachmann, who has already qualified for state, said his longest throw this season was a 132-10 ½.

“I’m just trying to make the top five in the state,” Bachmann said.

Dylan Rogers won in the girl’s long jump competition with an impressive leap of 13-11.

Ian Bilger and Kat Ballard had solid performances at shotput with throws of 36 and 26 feet respectively.

In the running events, Destin’s boys 4-x-100 relay team of Bachmann, Shawn Dufault, Stacy Sealey and Carson Hickok and the boy’s 4-x-400 relay team of Bachmann, Austin Paugh, Sealey and Hickok, both defeated the Bruner Spartans and Liza Jackson Lions.

“Our relay teams are beginning to get into a rhythm and our jumpers are gaining confidence and momentum. It is exciting to see as a coach, to watch our athletes apply techniques and strategies effectively in competition, and see them really pull together as a team,” said Destin Coach Tina Barron.

Sophie Kellogg placed first in the girls open 800 with a finish of 2:41, and Hickok placed first in the boy’s mile, 5:26.

After finishing way out in front on the mile, Hickok turned around and ran the last leg of the 4-x-100 relay.

“It was so hard, I was tired,” said Hickok after the relay.

However, he said when he saw that he was just a step or two behind on the relay with less than 50 yards to go he said, “I’m going for it … I’ve got a chance to win it.”

Paugh won the boys 400 open, :59, and Carsey Phillips had a photo finish in the girls open 200, 20:17.

Destin’s Kambry Smith placed first in the girls open 400 with a time of 1:03, while Abigail Kline came in third at 1:08.

In the boy’s mile, Michael O’Leary finished second at 5:35 and Luke Bilger fourth at 5:38.

“Overall, our athletes continue to grow in strength and speed and today’s meet demonstrated that,” Barron said. “Watching Spencer McKenzie stop running to assist a fallen opponent during the race, seeing the intensity and drive in our runners’ faces as they kick to the finish, and hearing our athletes congratulate other teams after placing second is something to we are very proud to be a part of.”

Up next for Destin is a 4 p.m. meet at home Wednesday with Lewis Middle School of Valparaiso and Meigs Middle of Shalimar.