Marlins place first, second in track meet

Tina Harbuck

From start to finish, Destin’s Sophie Kellogg and Michael O’Leary were clear front runners in the mile event of a middle school track event at Fort Walton Beach High School Wednesday afternoon between the Destin Marlins, Bruner Spartans and Liza Jackson Lions.

The girls took their mark first and about halfway around the first lap, Kellogg had already pulled away by about 20 yards or more. When it came to the final lap, Kellogg led the way by a good 75 yards, finishing the event in 5 minutes and 53 seconds.

Up next, the boys hit the track for the mile. And O’Leary, who hasn’t disappointed the Marlins yet, pulled away quickly. By the last lap, he had lapped the last runner in the event to finish in 5 minutes and 11 seconds earning a first place for Destin.

“It was tiring out there,” O’Leary said as he sat on the grass after finishing the event.

He wasn’t sure of his time as of yet, but he felt like he did well.

Overall the Destin girls took first, while the Destin boys came in second.

“This meet we started to see the maturation of a few of the younger runners that had to step up because we had some older athletes that were under the weather,” said Destin track coach Demetrius Stevens. “Even though the boys finished second, I think they will use it as a motivation to continue to improve. The girls showed this week that they are still hungry and have not let complacency set in. There times and distances are continuing to improve as we get closer to the county final meet.”

Other standouts for Destin girls were Sara Crews in the long jump with a leap of 13-9, and in the 800 meter event; and Abigail Kline in the long jump with a 13-5 and a 1:05 finish in the 400 meter run. Taylor Flint finished first in the 100 meter.

In the field events, the Destin boys did well in the discus. Ryan Driscoll, Spencer MacKenzie and Massimo Grisotto were sitting in the lead position after the first throw. When it was all said and done, Driscoll finished on top at 125-6, and Grisotto, with a 120-2.

Other boys making a mark for Destin were Tabious Thompson in the long jump with a leap of 16-3; Jake Purvis, 800 meter, 2:28; and Maddax Fayard, 400 meter, 1:02.