Baldwin high jumper has hopes of qualification for state finals


BALDWIN — Brandon Beane is like other Baldwin track athletes in that he’s been trying to put in some meet time to prepare for the regional this Friday at Saugatuck and next Monday at the final West Michigan D League meet.

Beane is a sophomore, who has been in football and basketball prior to his track season. He’s been able to jump 5-2 in the event going into this week. Rainouts have reduced the size of Baldwin’s schedule.

“I’m doing my best to work my way up to try to go to state,” Beane said, referring to the Division 4 state meet May 31 at Hudsonville. He needs to qualify for the state final by placing in the top two or meet a qualifying standard at the regional.

“I’ll need my best effort,” he said. “I’ll be going up against schools from Grand Rapids, and probably like Southfield Christian, schools like that. In order to make it to state, you have to jump up to 5-10.”

Beane has been focusing on workouts in the weight room and on the track. He’s been trying to get in as much work outdoors as possible.

Compared to last season, “I’ve gotten fast and little bit stronger,” Beane said. “It’s kind of sad (with the weather). We haven’t really been able to do anything this year. If everybody puts the time and work in, we’ll do fine in regionals and hopefully will have people go to state.”