Baldwin track team set to start next week

BALDWIN — Track practices continue inside the Baldwin High School gym and outside, weather permitting.

But coaches Scott Pedigo and Bob Watkins are looking to get their teams ready for West Michigan Conference jamborees starting next week.

Sites for meets include Mason County Eastern.

“This is still the early stage,” Watkins said on Monday. “We were notified today our meet this Wednesday has been postponed. A lot of our kids are gone on this Washington band trip. Intersession for us this year is a new experience.”

Watkins is confident of more stable track sessions next week.

Top athletes are expected to be Da’Ron Copeland in the long jump and relays, Blake Dockery in both of those events, and Maleke Palmer in discuss and shot put. Makayla George, coming off a knee injury, is expected to score points.

Also on the girls side, “I’m really impressed with Diamond (Cannon),” Watkins said. “She has matured a lot. You can see it in the way she runs and athletic ability. She’ll do sprints and probably long jump.”

In jamborees, “we’re able to practice with someone and have competition,” Watkins said.

Athletic director Shawn Williams said 24 athletes have turned out for the junior high track team.

“We have a lot of good numbers,” Williams said.