Baldwin track teams focus on first jamboree

BALDWIN — Baldwin track coach Bob Watkins is eager to test his athletes in upcoming meets.

Spring break was last week and Watkins’ athletes returned this week for practices in the gym.

“We had a week and a half before spring break and they were all out last week,” Watkins said. “(Monday) is our first day back from break.”

A West Michigan D League jamboree is scheduled for next week. Jamborees during the year will usually be at Brethren or Onekama. With prevailing weather conditions, the Panthers have basically been practicing indoors.

“I always start inside to get the stretching going,” Watkins said.

For the girls, Miranda Roberts, a senior, placed in the discus at meets last season. “She should do fairly well this year,” Watkins said. “She was honorable mention (all-conference).”

Makayla George, a junior, is a sprinter and long jumper, but is coming off an injury. Watkins has had as many as 10 athletes at a practice.

Baldwin is scheduled to have more meets this season. The weather was a major factor in reducing the number of meets last spring.

“The snow is pretty much gone now,” he said. “We just have to deal with the wind chill and other factors. I know we have four jamborees before our conference. The regionals this year are in Saugatuck on a Friday (May 15). That’s a tough region. You’re going up against Muskegon area schools.”

The state finals are May 30.

A boys track coach was scheduled to be appointed this week by the district.