The temperature wasn’t the only thing hot Wednesday.
With temps in the 90s, both the Destin Marlin girls and boys cross country teams were hot on the trail taking first place in a middle school meet with Meigs Middle of Shalimar and Lewis Middle of Valparaiso.
Destin’s MJ Toth, who led the entire race, took first place overall with a 15:02 mark.
“It was a really hot … it was terrible,” Toth said. “The run was great but at the end I got a cramp and as I was sprinting I could feel it.”
But she pushed through it to post her best time yet, 15:02, shaving a couple of seconds off her 15:04 mark from last week.
Second in for Destin was Chloe Lambrou, who was third overall with a finish of 15:22. Kaeden Stilla took fourth overall with a time of 15:36. Maryanne Gunter placed eighth overall and fourth for Destin with a mark of 16:19, and Lily Scalise was ninth overall and fifth for the Marlins at 16:27.
The Lady Marlins as a team took first with 25 points, while Meigs came in second at 34. Lewis finished third with 84 points.
As for the boys, Destin was led by Cason Larocque who finished second overall with a mark of 12:11.
Romeo Carrillo of Meigs finished first at 12:08, just steps ahead of Larocque.
“I feel like I did the best I could,” Larocque said. “That kid in front of me … I knew I couldn’t catch him.”
Although he didn’t pass Carrillo, he did pass his time from last week.
“I beat it by a whole minute … it was my best so far,” Larocque said.
Placing second for Destin and fourth overall was Connor Rising at 12:58. Andrew Atkins came in fifth overall and third for the Marlins at 13:28. Eli Scharf was sixth overall and fourth for Destin at 13:32 and Nelson Burke was ninth overall and fifth for Destin at 13:44.
The Destin boys' team took first with 26 points, while Meigs ran a close second at 29. Lewis came in third with 30 points.
“I think they did really well running hard as a team,” said Destin cross country coach Demetris Stevens. “Meigs had a really good squad today and we had a very close points race at this meet.
“Cason Larocque had his race of the season and we needed him to finish there at second, and get us those two points," he added. "And MJ Toth winning the race … that was big for us. If those two runners don’t finish where they did, we don’t win the meet today.”