Destin girls finish first, boys second

Tina Harbuck

The Destin Middle School girls earned first place and the boys came in second in a track meet with Meigs of Shalimar and Lewis of Valparaiso Wednesday afternoon at Destin Middle School.

“Overall we had a pretty good day,” said Destin Coach Demetrius Stevens.

The Destin girls took first place with 65 points, while the Lewis Falcons came in second with 26 and Meigs third with 20 points.

In the boy’s competition, Meigs claimed first with 60 points, while the Destin Marlin boys placed second with 32 points and Lewis third with 20 points.

Standout performers for Destin and winning their events were Austin Paugh, 400 meter; Dylan Rogers, long jump and 100 meter dash; Mariah Manthey, discus; Kambry Smith, 400 meters and 800 meters; Sophie Kellogg, mile event; and Carsey Phillips, 200 meters.

The Destin girls also won both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

“This meet was a positive, we had lots of strong performances and continue to get better as a team,” Stevens said. “It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

Destin Coach Tina Barron also had high praise for the Marlins.

“We had an excellent showing in both track and field events,” she said. “Many of our returning runners have now branched into field events (Dalton Williams, Abigail Kline, Austin Paugh and Kerry Seekamp) with fantastic results.

“We have many novice team members this season, but these younger athletes exhibit great promise and potential,” Barron added, noting such athletes as Sophie Kellogg, Jack Tenholder, Reed Phillips and Elaina Perkins. “Our boys continue to refine their form and focus on streamlining the necessary techniques for improved performance.”

Destin’s Ryan Driscoll set a personal record at discus while Ian Bilger threw just under 39 feet in shot put.