Jenna Johnson qualifies for state finals
BALDWIN — Baldwin junior Jenna Johnson has qualified for the state finals the third straight season.
Johnson finished second in the Division 4 regional meet on Saturday, May 18, at Marion.
Johnson had a prelim time of 12.94 seconds. In the finals, she took second in 13 seconds. She was also fourth in the 200-meter dash.
“I thought she ran well,” Baldwin coach Bob Watkins said. “By far, she didn’t run her best time. We were proud she made it. The girl from Saranac just edged her out. At this point, we have some numbers we’re going to try to work on to get down. It’s achievable for her to achieve better times. Our mission will be to get her faster and stronger.”
Her state final is in June 1 at Hudsonville.
Johnson was eighth in the state meet as a freshman.
Also for Baldwin, Darrion Hayter placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 33-10 but did not qualify for the state meet for a personal record.
“He made some adjustments and ended up working and he got extra inches,” Watkins said. “First place was 47 feet. We were ecstatic he did that. If we get him in the weight room, he’ll get stronger. Coach (Scott) Pedigo worked on his technique a little bit. He should be in contention for state next year.”