Baldwin track ready for regional

Baldwin’s track teams will be in Division 4 regional action on Saturday with hopes of qualifying athletes for the state finals on June 4 at Jenison.

“It’s too early to tell,” said Baldwin coach Bob Watkins, when asked who from his team might be able to qualify for state. “We have a lot of potential. We think we’ll be competitive.”

Since the season started, his athletes have shown “a tremendous amount of improvement,” Watkins noted. “We should be strong. We’ve been working on getting in condition.”

Baldwin’s Andon Ware is among the athletes hoping to qualify for the state finals.

It’s the first year Ware has been throwing the discus. His best throw has been 100 feet, seven inches. He had a better throw at Beal City but scratched.

Before the season is over, he’d like to get in the 110s and 120s.

“I need to have my base under me and make sure I have all the power I can,” Ware said. “I’m not the biggest guy out there.”

No one from Baldwin qualified for the state finals last season but Watkins is hoping it could be different this time.

For the girls, “Alex Torres came close last year,” in qualifying for the finals, Watkins said. “She’s been doing well in the long jump.”

Torres is also a strong candidate for Baldwin in the 100 dash and 400 relay.

Next week, Baldwin has West Michigan D League action and will be at The Pioneer track meet on May 27 at Ferris State University’s Top Taggart Field.